Music, Sound and Technology FAQs
Hello! I’m Malhar Kawre and I am in the first year of the Music, Sound and Technology course. I am an international student from Pune, India. I have completed the HSC (Higher Secondary Certificate) examinations, which are the Year 12 Junior College examinations (equivalent to A-levels) prior to starting my degree at City. Two of my musical inspirations are Martin Garrix and Green Day - two completely different sets of musicians!
1) What is your favourite module and why?
I have two favourite modules on the course, namely, Sound Recording and Studio Techniques and Sound Design. I aim to be a Mix Engineer after graduating from this course and these two modules particularly focus on recording, mixing, audio editing techniques which are primary skills a sound engineer or a mix engineer should know. Also Sound Design expands your skills like making sounds from scratch using synthesis which sets you apart as a professional in the industry.
2) How did you know City was the right place for you?
City was the right place as it had the perfect balance of modules I was looking for. The amazing location of Central London also played a role in my decision as the music industry is booming in London and you get much needed networking opportunities and exposure to high professional standards. As an international student most of my research was done on the internet, so the main things I looked for were course content, facilities, accreditation, reputation of the university and location.
3) What is the most challenging part of your course?
As most of the assessments are portfolio based, I think time management is one of the main challenges of this course. Planning your projects out and constant creative thinking is definitely a challenge but extremely fun at the same time.
4) I have not studied music formerly before, is that a problem?
This will not matter at all! You will do just fine and if you have done it in your spare time you will actually find it easier and be more confident. We have people from varied musical knowledge and skill, some have not studied music at all. The differences in skill and knowledge do not seem to be a problem as most of the things on the course are taught from scratch. This is one of the best part of the course as no one feels left out. The course is designed for your all-round development. We have dedicated musicianship sessions to sharpen basic musical skills a sound engineer should possess. You can definitely grow more as a musician by joining the Department Ensembles and choosing the elective modules which are musically demanding. It is not essential to know how to play an instrument but if you can that's an added advantage.
5) What do you wish you had known beforehand about the course?
Before starting the course, I wish had known more about DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations). These are music software that you need to use to complete all of your portfolios and assessments. This was not a major problem as I received a lot of support from the lecturers!
6) Does City help you to stand out on your CV? Do you feel confident about getting a job in the industry when you leave?
There is a lot of support regarding careers and placements. As an international student I used these facilities to my advantage. We have a lot careers events and industry sessions which help us network with the Industry professionals. I feel I have the right guidance to getting a job after graduation.In my spare time, I try and do as much mixing and recording I can to sharpen my skills. Also, I read articles about Music Technology and Industry news. Attending concerts around London is one of the best ways to learn as a sound engineering student. Also, just messing around and spending time in the City studios has helped a great deal. Hope to work as their mix/recording engineer one day! :)