Making Music, Shaping Sound


Diploma in Music and Audio Technology (DMAT) JAE Code: S97

What You'll Study

What You'll Study

Folk songs from an island city
DMAT Alumnus in the Teng Ensemble
Shocked Star
DMAT Alumnus awarded 2016 Holly Prize by Songwriters Hall of Fame
Helping young artistes through their struggles
DMAT Alumnus to perform at 2016 SHINE Festival
Inspired By A Piece Of Floating Ash
DMAT Alumnus Launching Debut Album
A Decade of DMAT
DMAT 10th Anniversary Celebration
5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Our Course
To find out what it’s like in the Diploma in Music and Audio Technology (DMAT) and what is so interesting about it.
Music and Sound, We Go Around
For the love of music and sound, students from the Diploma in Music and Audio Technology (DMAT) course have had a busy year in the studio, on the stage, and even across sea and sand!
DMAT Alumni Wins Prestigious NAC Scholarship
Reuben Sha awarded 2014 NAC Arts Scholarship (Undergraduate)


Er Cong (Your student-intern) is a hardworking and efficient worker who takes pride and ownership of all tasks assigned to him. During these two months of attachment with us, he has shown initiatives and has proved himself to be a fast learner. As the Sound Director of 'VOICE - The Musical", a public performance staged by our company, Ercong was given the opportunity to apply what he has been taught in his diploma course; he impressed us with his ability to multi-task and manages to deliver beyond expectations even when placed under immense pressure and stress. Er Cong has been an asset to the company; it's been a great pleasure for us to have him with us for the two months.
Janet Chin
United Artiste Network (UAN) World Pte Ltd

First Year

Module Code
Module Name
Total Hours
Communicating for Personal and Team Effectiveness
Aims to equip students with the necessary skills to develop self-confidence in their spoken and written interaction with intended audiences for specific purposes, in informal contexts.
Communicating for Project (Report) Effectiveness
Aims to equip students with skills in effective communication, teamwork and interpersonal communication, and report writing.
General Education 1
Aims to equip students with critical reasoning skills and provide them with opportunities to practise critical thinking through the exploration of contemporary social issues. It also provides a platform for students to learn the basics of arguments through the formal argumentation structure.
General Education 2
Aims to equip students with the skills to critically analyse the elements of persuasion in narratives used in a variety of contexts to appreciate the power of storytelling in our daily life. Students will also explore the history of discrimination in societies and craft their responses through their own narrative.
Basic Mathematics
Basic Mathematics equips students with basic mathematical knowledge and skills in algebra, trigonometry and calculus to enable them to understand and solve engineering problems encountered in their course of study. It also serves as a foundation for subsequent mathematics modules.
Introduces the fundamental mathematics that underlies Music and Audio Technology. The module covers algebraic manipulation in indices, logarithms, partial fractions and trigonometric functions. Calculus, with an introduction to Fourier analysis, will also be taught to students.
Education and Career Guidance 1
A compulsory module for all first year students, ECG 1 aims to develop an understanding of personal interests, strengths, values and life goals. With greater knowledge and understanding of self, planning and decision making in choosing a future career can be better developed. Some topics covered in ECG 1 include ‘Defining My SP Life’, ‘Personal Branding’, ‘Discovering My Interests’, ‘Planning for Success – My Personal Action Plan’ and more.
Acoustical Science
Aims to provide foundational understanding of the behavior of sound waves and the principles of acoustics. The module covers properties of a sound wave acoustical principles used in musical instruments and environments, mechanism of transducers as well as physiology of hearing are also covered to provide abroad based understanding of the scientific principles used in Audio and Music Technology.
Recording and Mixing Techniques 1
Introduces students to the field of sound recording and music production. The students learn well-established techniques for recording and mixing, using industry standard Digital Audio Workstations (DAW). Students will be introduced to some basic digital signal processing techniques, such as compression, EQ and delay.
Synthesis and Composition 1
Introduces basic concepts of musical organization and techniques that enable music is produced with the aid of computers. Fundamental ways of structuring sound are explored using a variety of approaches, ranging from group improvisation using found objects, to using the computer to realize musical compositions with MIDI sequencing software. In addition, some commonly used synthesis techniques are systematically explored.
Aims to develop the student’s musicianship abilities through ear-training and keyboard skills. This module concentrates on the areas of rhythm and pitch reading skills, improvisation and playing by ear, so as to develop the ability to recognize, reproduce and notate musical elements. Basic keyboard skills will be taught from the perspective of using the keyboard as an efficient music production tool.
Music Theory 1
This is a foundational module that aims to equip students with basic music theory skills. Students will acquire musical literacy, as well as basic analytical and harmonic skills. Emphasis is on the tonal harmony used in traditional European Western music. Students will also be given an overview of the history of Western Art Music. They will examine significant developments and characteristics of the Common Practice Period, including some important composers and their works.

Second Year

Module Code
Module Name
Total Hours
Communicating for Professional Effectiveness
Aims to equip students with the essential communication and interpersonal skills necessary for work and the pursuit of further studies.
LC8003 or LC8006
Social Innovation Project or Overseas Social Innovation Project
Aims to equip students with the Design Thinking mindset, methods and tools to conceptualise innovative solutions for real life problems. Students will explore a social cause, go through the practical rigour of the Design Thinking process and apply suitable tools to fulfil the objectives of the project. Students will also be exposed to trends and issues related to themes, such as Healthcare, Active Ageing, Environment, and Social Integration. In the process, they will develop a better understanding of themselves and the world, as well as the positive impact they can make.
General Education 3
Aims to enhance students’ knowledge and appreciation of a broad range of social, political and economic issues. Students will learn about the importance and relevance of information literacy skills as well as develop their ability to assess the validity and reliability of information from different sources, consider diverse perspectives, and put forward a convincing point of view.
Education and Career Guidance 2
ECG 2 is taken by all second year students. This module aims to develop professional skills necessary to seek and secure work. It also guides the students on how to discover and develop skills, knowledge and attitudes needed for work effectiveness and changes related to work. Topics covered in this module include ‘Job Search and Market Trends’, ‘Discovering Your Unique Selling Point’, ‘Resilience’, ‘Work Place Values’ and more.
Production Workshop 1
Lecturers work on commercial music projects, ranging from producing individual artistes or bands to creating music and audio for visual media. Students are involved producing music from the ground up, the way it would be done in the industry. These projects provide opportunities to exercise and integrate the various skills the students have learnt in DMAT, bringing them up to the standards required commercially.
Music Theory 2
This module aims to develop the students’ understanding and application of contemporary music theory by exploring important techniques used in popular contemporary music.
The Business of Music
Introduces students to the business, legal, ethical and financial aspects of the music industry. Students will learn about its organizational structure, including the different roles, major players and career opportunities. Students study the concept of copyright and are equipped with the knowledge to protect their own works, as well as to avoid infringing on others’ original materials. There is a brief study in basic contract law and the various types of music contracts, royalties, accounting and tax considerations. The module also looks at marketing, promotions and entrepreneurship.
Synthesis and Composition 2
Aims to produce a portfolio of short compositions utilizing a variety of formal compositional procedures. These are applied to produce music in a number of different musical genres. In addition to refining the students’ skills in using a Digital Audio Workstation, several advanced synthesis techniques are covered.
Performance Practices
Provides a basic grounding in generic skills useful in common musical performance situations. In addition to introducing a structured approach to learning instrumental technique, the continuum between free improvisation and completely notated performance situations is explored in both solo and group choral/ instrumental contexts. Students are also confronted with some of the logistical challenges of organizing a performance.
Recording and Mixing Techniques 2
Aims to equip students with more advanced recording and mixing techniques. They will be introduced to industry standard microphones and taught multi-microphone recording techniques. Students will also be taught how to apply digital signal processing to create a mix that best expresses the music they have recorded. In addition, students will learn live sound and will be introduced to sound reinforcement concepts and the setup and operation of a PA (Public Address) system.
Song Writing
Trains students in the techniques of writing a song; in particular - lyrics, melody, harmony and rhythm are identified and deconstructed in order to examine how the distinct components function in isolation, as well as in relation to each other. Different ways to start the process of writing will also be explored, and by the end of the module, students should be equipped with sufficient knowledge and practice to competently write their own songs. This module will also provide an overview of the history of Western popular music and the evolution of song styles, by examining the significant works of important songwriters from the 1920s to the present.

Third Year

Module Code
Module Name
Total Hours
8 Weeks
Processes in Asian Musics
Introduces the music of Asia; focusing on the music of India, China, and South East Asia. Students will be introduced to the rhythmic and melodic structure of the music, the instrumentation, the structures of the ensembles and orchestras that perform it, its cultural & social context, and the evolution of the various music traditions.
Portfolio Development
Assists the student to develop a professional portfolio. Students plan and produce two contrasting projects; these works showcase a variety of skills and knowledge that they have acquired during the course. Students are expected to present a proposal, arrange, compose, rehearse, record, and produce their own original work. In addition, the students demonstrate their competence in event management by participating in a major show / production.
Production Workshop 2
Continue the projects begun in Production Workshop 1. Students will bring a musical or audio product into the market. Lecturers and students will refine and prepare their products to be presented at a launch event and subsequent promotional tours. This will involve planning and preparation for live performance, learning various aspects of show production, stage management, music directing and live sound reinforcement.
Recording and Mixing Techniques 3
Aims to provide an insight into advanced audio mixing techniques. The use of signal processing techniques, such as pitch correction, convolution reverberation, and drum replacement are explored. Stylistic approaches to mixing are analysed. Mastering techniques and tools will be taught with the goal of assembling a master CD or DVD audio. The students will be introduced to “Surround Sound” where they will learn details of the format, its history, basic setups as well as surround sound production, Dolby encoding and distribution.
Aims to explore writing and arranging principles for popular music. The main emphasis is on writing and arranging for rhythm sections, as well as small and large ensembles. Concepts for writing lead lines and accompaniments for sectional instruments, and rhythm sections are taught. Instrumentation and arrangement styles will be explored.
Music and Sound for Moving Images
Aims to provide students with comprehensive information in the use of music and sound to enhance moving image productions. Students are introduced to the language used in film and visual media so that they can better understand the requirements of the media industry. In addition, this module exposes students to the associated media technologies for sound and music integration.



Please note:
* Students without Additional Mathematics qualification in 'O' levels will have to take Basic Mathematics.
Course structure subjected to change.