Awarding Body:EdexcelCourse Duration:1/2 Years

Minimum Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSEs at grades A*- C, including Maths and English and at least a grade C or above in GCSE Music or equivalent.

Course Content

This is a course which takes a practical look at Popular Music through the use of Music Technology. You will study in detail:

  • Music production techniques
  • Sequencing Systems and Techniques
  • The Sound and Music Industry

The course makes extensive use of music production software and recording studio equipment. You will develop an in-depth understanding of several software packages including Apple’s Logic and Native Instruments’ Komplete, and will learn how to analyse typical technical features found in popular music production.

Typically, you will be a practising musician or have an interest in technology based music. You may have had some experience in sequencing and recording prior to starting the course, but this is not assumed and is not a requirement. What you will bring to the course is a sense of enthusiasm for technology based music in all its forms, and an ability to work efficiently and give the utmost attention to detail. The ability to read notated music is not a requirement for this course.

Methods of Teaching

You will learn how to use computer software and studio equipment to record and produce music. Practical tasks will include sequencing using Apple’s Logic and Native Instruments’ Komplete software packages and multitrack recording in the studio. Class based lessons will focus on developing in depth understanding of the techniques and principles behind music technology, and how these are used in popular music production.

Methods and Patterns of Assessment

You will be assessed through the completion of a series of coursework tasks. The course has a strong practical element, therefore most of the coursework tasks will be practical in nature. Written work will support detailed understanding of technical concepts and terminology, and will contribute to the finished coursework portfolio.

Financial Implications

Students will be expected to purchase a guide book at the start of the course, this will cost around £15. A suggested book list will be issued at the start of term and students are encouraged to purchase or borrow some of these.

Career Progression

Students who have studied Music Technology at the college have gone on to study Music Technology and Music courses at University and Music College, and have pursued careers in Audio Production, Sound Design, Music Industry Management and Music Publishing. The course helps to equip students with skills required for a career in the music industry, as well as valuable life skills such as the ability to organise people, time and resources, the ability to give the utmost attention to detail, the ability to process complex data and think logically.

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