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Why study Music Technology?

To gain theoretical knowledge, understanding and practical learning in the management and setting up of a recording studio based on industry requirements.

To develop the knowledge and skills to produce multi-track recordings, mix-down, editing and production processes using computer software, and apply basic concepts and practices employed in analogue and digital sound recording techniques.

To learn about how sound behaves in performance venues and recording studios; explore sound as a waveform and the physics of sound using formulae and quantifying measurements.

Develop musical vocabulary, aural perception and theory of music from popular music, jazz, classical music, music from film and television and from around the world - sound engineers or DJs need refined listening skills and an ability to listen to music critically.

What will I study?

12 UNITS: 720 HOURS

The National Certificate is worth TWO A levels. Therefore if you earn a double distinction you will earn 240 UCAS points equivalent to TWO A grades at A level:

Four core units:

9 Creating a Music Product
24 Music Sequencing or
34 Sound Recording Techniques
30 Planning a Music Recording
39 The Sound and Music Industry

Eight specialist units from the list:

1 Analogue and Digital Audio Principles
3 Audio Engineering
7 Computer Music Systems
8 Concert Production and Staging
11 DJ Performance and Technology
14 Introduction to Acoustics
15 Listening Skills for Musicians
18 Music and Society
19 Music and Sounds for Multimedia
24 Music Sequencing
25 Music Technology in Performance
28 Operating Live Sound
33 Sound Creation and Manipulation
34 Sound Recording Techniques
35 Special Subject Investigation
37 The Functional Music Keyboard
38 The Music Freelance World
41 Working with Music Notation Software Packages

How will I study?

You will have regular access to a suitable recording studio, rehearsal space, PC computers and Sibelius/ Cubase software. It is hoped that during the course music industry professionals, such as sound engineers, music producers will visit, and/or students will spend time in London recording studios and at the Roundhouse in Kentish Town. Students are required to work as a studio production team/company managing budgets and keeping records.
Learning will require individual study and research, written essays and portfolios of work, visual/ oral presentation, group discussion, and both theoretical and practical lessons.

 

Music Technology - 6 Unit Award

 

Why study Music Technology?

  • To gain theoretical knowledge, understanding and practical learning in the management and setting up of a recording studio based on industry requirements.
  • To develop the knowledge and skills to produce multi-track recordings, mix-down, editing and production processes using computer software, and apply basic concepts and practices employed in analogue and digital sound recording techniques.
  • To learn about how sound behaves in performance venues and recording studios; explore sound as a waveform and the physics of sound using formulae and quantifying measurements.
  • Develop musical vocabulary, aural perception and theory of music from popular music, jazz, classical music, music from film and television and from around the world - sound engineers or DJs need refined listening skills and an ability to listen to music critically.

What will I study?

6 UNITS: 360 HOURS

Distinction = 120 UCAS points (grade A at A level)
Merit = 80 UCAS points (grade C at A level)
Pass= 40 UCAS points (grade E at A level OR grade C at AS level)
Three core units:

9 Creating a Music Product

30 Planning a Music Recording

34 Sound Recording Techniques

Three specialist units:

14 Introduction to Acoustics

28 Operating Live Sound

39 The Sound and Music Industry

How will I study?

You will have regular access to a suitable recording studio, rehearsal space, PC computers and Sibelius/ Cubase software. It is hoped that during the course music industry professionals, such as sound engineers, music producers will visit, and/or students will spend time in London recording studios and at the Roundhouse. Students are required to work as a studio production team/company managing budgets and keeping records.
Learning will require individual study and research, written essays and portfolios of work, visual/ oral presentation, group discussion, and both theoretical and practical lessons.