Music Technology

Carly Teale
Carly Teale

WHAT IS MUSIC TECHNOLOGY?

Music Technology focuses on the equipment and developments that are used by musicians to help them to make music. This is often to do with the performance and recording of music but the possibilities are limitless!

WHY STUDY THIS COURSE?

As part of the course you will experiment with recording equipment and technology and have opportunities to make your own music and arrange the work of others. You will learn about styles from ska to soul and from trance to techno, and use industry- standard equipment to learn the skills that will form the basis for progression further in the subject if this is a direction you wish to take.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM MUSIC TECHNOLOGY?

Studying Music Technology at RSFC will build on and develop your current musical knowledge, whilst introducing a range of modern-day production techniques. The course is heavily practical- based and you will spend a lot of time experimenting with and applying recording and production techniques in order to create a portfolio of work, whilst also learning about the context and theory behind the developments and how they were applied in popular music.

HOW IS THE COURSE ASSESSED?

Assessment is through a combination of examinations and coursework.

WHO IS THE COURSE SUITABLE FOR?

If you are keen to create and record music, and actively enjoy listening to music in lots of different styles then Music Technology is the course for you!

WHAT CAN I DO WITH AN A-LEVEL IN MUSIC TECHNOLOGY?

A Level Music Technology is both an academic and practical combination; it is widely accepted for university entry onto a range of courses. It is especially useful for students considering a career or undergraduate studies in any of the performing arts, sound engineering or music production.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

You will learn the skills to complete a coursework portfolio consisting of three tracks. The first will be a sequenced (computer generated) version of a popular song set by the exam board. You will learn how to edit and shape MIDI and audio data to produce a realistic sounding track that is as similar to the original as possible.

The second track will be a recording of a popular piece of music chosen by the group and will be played and sung live in our studio, and mixed down in our editing suite. Attention will be given to capture, processing and mixing to produce a track that sounds professional and polished.

For the third track at AS, you will create an original arrangement from a stimulus provided by the exam board. There will be a choice of two stimulus tracks and two styles (e.g. ‘Sweet Child of Mine’ or ‘Hallelujah’ in a Synth Pop or Reggae style). The tasks will include a logbook which documents the use of equipment for all three tasks and includes questions about Task 1C.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES WITHIN THIS SUBJECT

The course involves completing activities such as deconstructing a popular song and editing elements using a variety of techniques. Music Technology students also have opportunity to participate in a trip to London and attend a range of sessions with a variety of representatives from Higher Education due to the excellent links the department has with universities.

Entry Requirements

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 4 – 9, across four separate subjects, to include GCSE Mathematics and/or English/English Language.
  • In addition, you should have some proficiency (grade 3 or equivalent) on a musical instrument.