Music Technology

BTEC Level 3

Course Description

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:

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

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.

Two years

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

Could be taken alongside both BTEC and A-Levels including Music Performance, IT, Sciences, Performing Arts and Business.

• College Choir
• Individual instrumental lessons
• Radio Station visits
• Rock Workshop
• Other music groups/workshops
• Visits to Quay West Studio

• 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

Higher Education courses in Music, Music Technology, Performing Arts or combined subjects. Music college. Jobs in the music industry.

Coursework and practical assessments
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