Music Technology for Beginners
“Without music, life would be a mistake” ― Friedrich Nietzsche
Information at a Glance
- Evening Class
- Wednesdays 18:00 - 20:00
- 20 weeks: October to March
- 2 hours taught time per week
- Tutor: Karina Townsend
- Fees from £210 to £395
- Location: Imperial College, South Kensington Campus
This lively music technology course for beginners aims to introduce you to new technologies for music making including music programming and sound recording.
Topics of study will include:
- music programming in the Steinberg Cubase 7.5;
- basic audio recording and editing;
- sampling and sound synthesis;
- songwriting tips;
- mixing down and mastering.
In your studies you will be supported in producing music of you own, but you do not need to be able to read music in order to take this course. The ability to play a musical instrument is also not required, although a basic understanding of music and some keyboard skills would be an advantage.
Sessions will generally be comprised of a whole class taught component followed by an assisted practical activity with additional time for students’ own composition work.
All lessons take place in the Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication’s Music Technology Lab (Room 318) on Level 3 of the Sherfield Building.
The course is aimed at beginners, so you do not need a musical background to take part, although we also welcome students who do have a background in music.
Study topics will include:
- Music programming in the Steinberg Cubase 7.5;
- Basic audio recording and editing;
- Sampling and sound synthesis;
- Songwriting tips;
- Mixing down and mastering
Students will be supported in producing music of their own throughout the course.
There is no compulsory reading required for this course, and there is no set course text.
However, in order to do this course you will need to purchase headphones for the start of the course. We don’t recommend in-ear headphones. The following are options from www.studiospares.com (but feel free to use any vendor you wish).
Product code/Description/Estimated price (with VAT) (from www.studiospares.com):
- 424-010 Sony MDR7509 £109
- 452-620 Sennheiser HD270 £75.49
- 450-130 Audio Technica ATH-M30 £53.10
- 410-860 Beyer Dynamic 231 £33.66
- 453-600 Sennheiser HD202 £29.99
- 419-450 AKG K55 £20.79
We do emphasise that these headphones are just suggestions and might not match the preferences or requirements of each individual student. you are advised to seek further advice before making a purchase.
Karina Townsend is a highly experienced musician, composer and tutor. Karina studied first at the University of Edinburgh, went on to become head of music at Hammersmith and West London College, and later Music Technology Coordinator at the City Lit.
As well as working in the music industry and teaching at Imperial College, Karina also teaches at the University of East London, specialising in sound design and music technology and teaching diverse groups and individuals.
Course Fees and Rate Categories
|Hours||Weeks||Standard Rate||Internal Rate||Associate Rate|
|40||20||£395 (Early Bird Rate: £360*)||£230 (Early Bird Rate: £210*)
||£305 (Early Bird Rate: £280*)|
|* The Early Bird rate is available for enrolments made before 30 September for courses starting in October | All fee rates quoted are for the whole course.|
Rate Categories and Discounts
- Applicable to all except those who fall under the Internal Rate or Associate Rate category, respectively.
- Applies to current Imperial College students and staff (incl. Imperial NHS Trust, Imperial Innovations, ancillary & service staff employed on long-term contracts at Imperial College by third-party contractors).
- Current Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication (CLCC) staff, current CLCC PhD students, Science Communication (Sci Comm) postgraduate students, and students enrolled on an Imperial College 'Language for Science' degree programme should email evening firstname.lastname@example.org before completing the online enrolment form.
- Students (non-Imperial College)
- Alumni of Imperial College and predecessor colleges and institutes
- City & Guilds College Association members
- Members of Friends of Imperial College
- Friends of the South London Botanical Institute
- Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
- Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council staff
- Harrods staff
- Historic Royal Palaces staff
- Natural History Museum staff
- Science Museum staff
- Victoria and Albert Museum staff
- Royal Geographical Society staff
- Royal College of Art and Royal College of Music tutors and other staff
- Santander Bank staff (Imperial College Walkway branch only)
- Austrian Cultural Forum staff
- Staff of Exhibition Road Cultural Group (Discover South Kensington) organisations
- Lycee Charles de Gaulle staff
- Tutors and other staff of other universities and higher education institutions
- Tutors and other staff of institution members of the Association of Colleges
- Residents of postcodes SW3, SW5, SW7, SW10 and W8
It is possible to enrol on many CLCC Evening Class and Lunchtime Learning programmes after the course has started, subject entirely to agreement by the tutor delivering the course. If you want to join a course late do bear in mind there might be work you will need to catch up on, particularly in language courses.
Applicable terms & conditions
Please read the Evening Classes & Lunchtime Learning terms and conditions [pdf] before enrolling on any course.
|Hours||Weeks||Autumn term||Spring term||Summer term|
|40||20||14 Oct - 12 Dec 2019 (9 weeks)*||6 Jan - 19 Mar 2020 (11 weeks)||n/a|
|* Followed by the Christmas break|
Web enrolment starts 1 August
Enrolment & payment are through the Imperial College eStore. Please use above booking link noting below instructions:
- Our rate categories are explained on this page and your applicable category must be selected on the eStore
- First-time eStore users please create an account by entering an email address and password. These credentials should also be used for future bookings. Imperial College users please note the eStore is not a single-signon College system
- The booking process involves entering payment details before your course choice and applicant details are queried on an in-built questionnnaire which completes the process
- The following email notifications will be sent
|What is sent||When is it sent||What does it contain|
|1. Payment confirmation||Instantaneously following submission of your online application||
|2. Enrolment confirmation||Sent in due course but likely not before the end of September. Please treat your payment confirmation as confirmation that your applicant details and payment have been received||
|3. Programme information||Usually sent Friday late afternoon the week before term starts||
|If you need further help with the above information please ring 020 7594 8756
Certificate of Attendance
Although no credits are offered for this very part-time course, an attendance certificate is presented to students who attend at least 80% (16) of the taught classroom sessions. Eligible students receive their certificate by email after the end of the course.
Questions regarding the content and teaching of this course should be sent to the course tutor, Karina Townsend, email@example.com
If you have enjoyed this course, why not look at other arts and humanities evening class courses at Imperial College. This includes courses on the history of western art from ancient Greece to the nineteenth century, Understanding Modern and Design, the history of film and cinema and Greek and Roman mythology in art. We also run practical courses in art and photography and creative writing classes, and a growing programme of science based evening classes.