Individual lessons and masterclasses | Ensemble | Technical Seminars | Composition | Production | Live Electronics
Electronic Music is offered as an undergraduate Principal Study pathway. It follows a broad curriculum that explores the full spectrum of styles and genres inherent in the field. While you and your year group work to a common core syllabus, the actual content of the course is tailored to the individual student. Assessment is progressively weighted according to your particular focus in the following areas:
- Electro-acoustic Composition
- Commercial/Media Composition
- Live Electronic Performance
- Or a balance of the above
The Electronic Music Principal Study pathway embraces all areas of music technology, from experimental electro-acoustic composition and installation work to more commercially-orientated media applications and production specialisms. Electronic Music represents one of the largest growth areas in the music industry today, and suitably skilled electronic musicians can enjoy a wealth of vocational opportunities.
Uniquely for a conservatoire, Guildhall School offers Electronic Music as a one-to-one Principal Study discipline. This means you will receive a weekly, one-hour lesson with one of the Department’s professors, allowing for a totally individualised approach to developing skill and artistic excellence.
Electronic Music is studied on a par with more conventional instrumental disciplines at Guildhall. Therefore it is the musical output that forms the backbone of assessment and not the technological process – although you will progress through a series of projects which demand ever-increasing technical competence and understanding.
Major projects undertaken by the Department reflect real-world scenarios as closely as possible. In fact many of the projects are real commissions that form an important part of early career development. In the past, the Department has had regular involvement with the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Total Immersion events, and every year we provide music as part of Barbican Film’s Silent Film and Live Music series. Recently developed partnerships include those with EMI Production Music and the electronic instrument developer, ROLI.
Cross-departmental collaboration and experimentation are actively encouraged. All Electronic Music students work regularly across year groups through a series of smaller projects contained within the weekly workshops. Regular visiting professionals also further enrich the curriculum with vital insights into the realities of working as a full-time musician.
Read more about the BMus course structure.
Activities and ensembles
- Weekly one-to-one tuition
- Weekly cross-year group workshops focussing on artistic projects
- Weekly streamed techniques seminars
- Termly collaborative projects
- Annual Barbican Film ‘Silent Film and Live Music’ projects
Recent Department highlights
- Projects on The Lodger and The Lost World with Barbican Film
- Masterclasses with Harry Gregson-Williams, Stephen Endelman, Kevin Kerrigan, Tory Miller, Leafcutter John, Rupert Collinson (AIR) and Mikey J (Michael Asante)
- ‘Towards the Mean’ installation at the Barbican Centre
- ‘The Gift’ with Melanie Manchot
- Performance of A Scream and an Outrage – curated by Nico Muhly at the Barbican
- Collaboration with Central St Martins animation students
We have a 95 per cent graduate employment rate, based on recent graduates’ careers two years after leaving. The alumni profiles and links below provide further insight into the breadth and scope of this dynamic course:
- Jo Wills - www.wwmusic.co.uk
- Raisa Khan & Marc Pell - www.marcwithasee.net http://www.roughtraderecords.com/micachu
- Christopher Branch - www.brainsandhunch.com
- Ben Laver - www.benlavermusic.co.uk and CEO of www.boxoftoysaudio.com
- David Kemp - www.news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/8570683.stm
- Jon Daou - www.jondaou.com