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 environment.

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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    One year – Certificate
    Two years – Subsidiary Diploma

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    Minimum entry requirements:

    • Five GCSEs at Grades 4 – 9
    • An ability to read music at a basic level would be an advantage.

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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
    • Radio Station visits
    • Rock Workshop
    • Other music groups/workshops
    • Visits to Quay West Studio

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    Skills developed:

    • Creative composition and arrangement
    • Research into music technology
    • Understanding of the recording process
    • Multi-track studio work
    • Understanding of music software
    • Sequencing, sampling and synthesisers

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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
    • Jobs in the music industry

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    Assessment summary:

    Coursework and practical assessments

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