Music Technology

  • Exam Board: Edexcel
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Specific Entry Requirements: Grade 9-5 in GCSE Music is useful but not essential.

This course is suitable for all good musicians, from rock to classical, with an interest in recording and manipulating sound using various types of musical technology. It provides the opportunity to build on your composing, arranging and listening skills.

This is mainly a practical subject. You will study sequencing and recording techniques and will create a portfolio of work to be sent to the board.

The course provides the opportunity to build on your composing, arranging and listening skills. The main entrance requirement is that you should have an interest in and experience of using recording technology (computer or studio based) to capture and edit sound. You should be able to show evidence of your skills in this area as well as good aural skills and the ability to read and use conventional notation. In addition, you should have an interest in a variety of different popular musical styles, good ICT skills and a hard working attitude. Although you will not be assessed on you instrumental skills, some practical performance expertise would be useful.

You will benefit from the following resources and facilities:

  • suite of Apple Mac computers running Sibelius and Logic software.
  • recording studio with live booth and a wide range of microphones.
  • experienced, specialist teachers.

This course is based largely around practical activity, supported by guided listening and music technology theory. Around 75% of your time will be spent arranging and recording music. Teaching is in small groups and you need to be able to work independently and collaboratively. It must be pointed out that there will be very regular deadlines and most of the work can only be done in the Music Technology rooms. This will impact upon your private study time.

Advanced Level Music is the stepping stone for further study of Music Technology or Performing Arts at Higher National or Degree Level. It can also help in a career in the music industry or in a technology/computer orientated career.