Music Technology

  • Exam Board: Edexcel
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Specific Entry Requirements: GCSE English Grade 9-4. Previous study of a music-related subject is useful but not essential.

The 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.

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 and should be able to show evidence of your skills in this area. You should have 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 syles, good ICT skills and a hardworking attitude. You will not be assessed on your instrumental skills although 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% your time will be spent composing, arranging and recording music. You will study sequencing and recording techniques and create a portfolio of work to be sent to the board. There are also 2 written papers.

This course 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.