Music Technology

Develop your music technology and production skills using industry standard equipment, work on projects based on realistic workplace situations, learn to sequence, record, produce and compose with technology.

Awarding Body

Available As

Ext Cert

What will I study?

Music Technology is aimed at people who have a general interest in recording, producing music and/or possess competent instrumental skills.  This course could be the first step to working in a recording studio or lead a student to study related courses at university.

How will I learn?

This is a 2-year Linear course – You will be timetabled for 4 hours 30 minutes per week for this course alone.  You may have to use the recording facilities in your own time to complete assignments.  During the timetabled hours you will attend lectures and demonstrations on recording/production and sequencing techniques.  You will complete warm-up assignments and practice tasks to familiarise yourself with the skills and techniques and then be assessed via coursework

How will I be assessed?

  • Coursework & exam

Are there any specific entry requirements?

Playing an instrument or singing will help your studies.

Careers Information

FAQs

Do I have to be able to play a musical instrument or sing?

No, but if you can play or sing it will help your studies.

Do I have to be able to read music?

No.

Is it a practical course?

Although there is a written exam, A Level Music Technology is generally a practical, work related course. You will develop your skills using computer software and the recording studio to produce work to an industry-standard quality. The exam questions are based upon your practical abilities and knowledge.

What equipment will I be using?

The college has a well-resourced music department.  There is a fully equipped recording studio and Mac suite running Pro Tools and Logic X production software.

The recording studio boasts an industry standard Pro Tools HD rig and Allen & Heath GSR24M analogue mixing desk. There are also a variety of high quality condenser, ribbon, and dynamic microphones and outboard processers.

What will I need to buy?

A pair of headphones is recommended. E.g. Sony MDR7506 are professional headphones at a reasonable price.

A USB memory stick (8GB) / external hard-drive for backing up and transferring work.