Music Technology

Music Technology

Why choose Music Technology?

Music Technology is a creative and innovative subject which arms you with the skills needed to arrange, compose, produce and record music. You will gain an understanding of a wide range of popular musical styles, and will learn how to use technology successfully in the field of contemporary popular music. The course is very practical with much of the work being carried out at computer work stations. There are excellent opportunities to learn to operate a wide variety of music hardware and software, all in superb facilities including a teaching room with a fully equipped suite of computers (one student per computer) and two recording studios, one including an acoustically isolated booth. The AS Studio comprises Logic Studio 8 with M-Audio Profire 2626 audio interface, whilst the A2 studio contains Logic Studio 8, Tascam DM3200 mixer, outboard effects, balanced tie-lines to an acoustic booth, and a recital room. There is also access to the full range of McDSP professional audio plug-in effects.

The music department has a strong and varied extracurricular programme including the following groups: brass ensemble, chamber choir, College choir, folk/roots music, jazz choir, jazz/funk band, symphony orchestra, wind orchestra, radio show production and DJ workshops. There are regular extension events including music industry talks, university talks, trips to gigs and workshops. 

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Entry Requirements

GCSE grade B in Music or relevant Diploma at merit level or above or grade 5 Theory of Music or grade 5 Instrument. Some experience of music software, e.g. Cubase/Logic/Reason, would be beneficial, as would confident keyboard skills.

Awarding Body

Edexcel

Units of Study

AS Level

Music Technology - Unit 1

Music Technology portfolio 1:

  • Sequencing coursework: using sequencing skills, you will recreate a piece of popular music set by the examination board.
  • Recording coursework: you will produce a multi-track recording of a commercial song (8-12 tracks).
  • Arranging coursework: using sequencing skills, you will rearrange a piece of popular music in a set style specified by the examination board.

Music Technology - Unit 2

Listening & Analysing (1 hour 45 minute examination) You will be assessed on your knowledge of pop music styles and associated recording/production techniques.

 

A2 Level

Music Technology - Unit 3

Music Technology portfolio 2:

  • Sequencing coursework: using sequencing skills, you will recreate a piece of popular music set by the examination board. In addition, you will integrate live audio tracks (e.g. lead vocal) with the sequenced backing track.
  • Recording coursework: you will produce a multi-track recording of a commercial song (12-24 tracks).
  • Composing coursework: you will compose to a brief using a range of music technology resources.

Music Technology - Unit 4

Analysing & Producing (2 hour examination) You will be assessed on your ability to understand and manipulate the musical and production elements of a multi-track mix. You will also edit and mix a track within an exam context. You will receive weekly lessons and complete larger projects in the different skill areas of the course: sequencing, recording, listening and arranging/ composing.