Why study Music Technology? 

The Music Technology course is designed to be industry focused and provides students with a range of musical and technological skills that can be applied to a wide range of careers. The course provides students with experience in studio recording, sequencing, production, live sound engineering, acoustics, designing sound systems, project management and career planning. Students will have access to our production suite, dedicated studio, full band backline and grand piano, a range of microphones and production equipment.

How will I be assessed?

  • Major project (Externally Assessed): Live Sound Recording and Sound Reinforcement. Students will demonstrate their ability to set up a full PA system for live concert. They will also conduct a multi-track band/ensemble recording, demonstrate the ability to use a DAW (Audio software) and produce an effective mix. Students will cover all aspects of audio, project management and health and safety for these events.
  • Planning a career in Music (Internally Assessed). Students will learn about the wide range of careers available in the creative industries; music production, marketing, administration e.g. publishing and copyright and creative enterprise. Students will determine their own pathway and ensure they achieve those goals through use of project management and goal setting.
  • Music Sequencing and Production. Students will learn in depth about utilising MIDI Programming, Virtual Instruments and production techniques to shape an effective piece of music.
  • Studio Sound Recording. Students will learn about how different acoustics, rooms, microphones and studio equipment can all affect the capture of a recording.
  • Studio Sound Mixing. Students will learn about a range of mixing techniques in order to produce a balanced and effective mix.

Prerequisites

A performance standard of at least Grade 3 is recommended and good ICT Skills are an advantage.

What skills will I gain from studying Music Technology?

  • The course provides the opportunity to develop skills in sound recording, mixing, production (studio and live) and project management.
  • The opportunity to learn how to use industry standard equipment (using Cubase DAW, digital live mixing console and a wide range of equipment) and apply that to their own situation.
  •  Tailored pathways to suit whether students wish to produce music on their own equipment at home or pursue a career in live or studio production.
  • Students develop as effective, independent learners who can reflect critically and make informed judgements on their own and others’ work.

Where can Music Technology lead?

Admission to Universities or Conservatoires of Music; Apprenticeships in the music and events industry; careers in sound engineering live events; teaching; music management; publishing; studio recording and production; radio; theatre; creative and administrative roles in the creative industries and composing for film and television.

Additional Comment

All students receive a free copy of the basic version of Cubase to allow continued work at home. Students are also encouraged to support extra-curricular and live events at the school as part of the course.

What will I study?

Live Sound Recording Production and Sound Reinforcement (30 Credits)
Externally Assessed – Major Project
Planning a career in Music (15 Credits)
Internally Assessed – Evidence log and portfolio

Additional Units (Internally Assessed):

Music Sequencing and Studio Sound Recording (15 Credits)
Studio Sound Mixing (15 Credits)

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