Music Technology BTEC Level 3

Music Technology BTEC Level 3

Music Technology BTEC Level 3

Level 3 Extended Certificate

Course outline:

Do you have a passion for music production, mixing and the recording industry? Would you like to work and learn in a multipurpose recording studio and technology suite? Are you a musician looking to develop the necessary skills to produce your own music? Are you an avid listener of a wide range of musical genres? Would you like a career in the music industry? If the answer to any of the above questions is yes, a course in Music Technology would be the perfect choice to compliment your studies.

Key Areas of Study:

Recording live instruments (Multi track recording studio)
Producing original music through professional sequencing techniques
Mixing and mastering audio
The study of recording equipment and musical instruments
Live sound techniques
Working in the music industry

Studio and Equipment:

Guitar Amps – Large selection, 100+ Watt (Fender Champion, Vox AC, Fender Rumble, Behringer)
Microphones – Rode and Shure (Condensers, Ribbon, Dynamic, Drum and Vocal specialist microphones)
Drum Kits – Pearl and Gretsch kits. Sabian, Paiste and Zildjian cymbals
Instruments – Fender and Gibson Guitars, Banjo, Ukulele, Mandolin, 12 String, Cello, Brass, didgeridoo
Software – Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Sibelius
Hardware – 8 Track studio interface, Portable 12 Track Digital Studio, Midi Keyboards

Core Modules:

Live Sound Techniques
Learners study the technology and practice of live sound
engineering and explore the types of work undertaken as a live
sound engineer.

Studio Recording Techniques
Learners cover the processes, equipment and practical skills
required to produce multitrack recordings in a music studio

Digital Sound Techniques
Learners will create a portfolio of digital tracks using professional
techniques including sampling and sequencing using synthesiser.

Key Facts:

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    Examination Board


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    AS – one year
    A2 – two years

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    Minimum entry requirements:

    • Five GCSEs at Level 4 – 9
    • An ability to read music at a basic level would be highly useful.
    • You will also participate in an audition process.

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    Possible combinations:

    Could be taken alongside Music, IT, Sciences, Performing Arts

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    Enrichment opportunities:

    • College Choir
    • Individual instrumental lessons
    • Orchestra
    • Rock Workshop
    • Other music groups/workshops

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    Skills developed:

    • Creative composition and arrangement
    • Research into music technology
    • Understanding of the recording process
    • Hard disc recording
    • Understanding of music software
    • Sequencing

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    Likely next step opportunities:

    • Higher Education courses in Music, Music Technology, Performing Arts or combined subjects
    • Music college
    • Other degree courses

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    Assessment summary:

    Coursework and practical assessments

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