Music Technology is a creative and innovative subject which arms the student with the skills needed to arrange, compose, produce and record music. Students 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.
GCSE grade B in Music or relevant Diploma at merit level or above or Grade 5 Theory of Music. Some experience of music software, e.g. Cubase/Logic/Reason, would be beneficial, as would confident keyboard skills.
• Very practical, hands-on course. • Half-termly projects with large pieces of work undertaken over a longer period of time. • Opportunities to learn to operate a wide variety of music software & hardware. • AS Studio: 32 track Apple iMac powered Pro Tools 7.4 studio• A2 Studio: 32 track Apple iMac powered Pro Tools 7.4 studio with Tascam DM-3200 desk
Unit 1: Music Technology Portfolio 1 (coursework: 70%) – students will have three tasks to complete: Sequenced Realised Performance, Multi-track Recording, Creative Sequenced Arrangement.Unit 2: Listening & Analysing (exam: 30%) – students will be tested on knowledge of the historical development of popular music styles and production techniques
Advanced (A2) Level Units
Unit 3: Music Technology Portfolio 2 (coursework: 60%) – students will have three tasks to complete: Sequenced Integrated Performance, Multi-track Recording, Composing using Music Technology.Unit 4: Analysing & Producing (exam: 40%) Unit 4: Analysing & Producing. (exam: 40%) – students will be tested on their synoptic knowledge of the subject in written responses, software manipulation and production tasks.
“The facilities, accompanied with excellent teaching has insured my musical experience here has been first class. I have learned so much about contemporary music and am confident I can leave sixth form, using the knowledge I have acquired, and be able go into the music industry.”Grace Campling“I have found Music Tech to be a highly enjoyable subject. I expanded and developed my skills relating to the use of music technology, through three pieces of varied and engaging coursework.”Marcus Richardson