Music TechnologyA Level • Level 3
About the course
This non-performance based course gives you a thorough and up-to-date grounding in music technology, with a focus on using technology to capture, manipulate and produce music. You will explore areas such as live sound, sound recording, sequencing and using music technology for live performance. Alongside the practical elements of the course, you will spend time learning to use music software in a variety of contexts and develop your understanding of the history of music technology and production. This course provides education and training for those wishing to progress to further study or work in the music technology industries and comprises of 3 main areas: 1) Studio recording - You will be required to demonstrate every aspect of the recording process. Setting up the chosen equipment to suit the musical situation is only one part of this process. It is also vital that you understand the importance of setting up equipment appropriately, and with an awareness of the health and safety issues involved. Capturing performances as multitrack recordings involves a mixture of skills, not just technical, but also musical and organisational. 2) Sequencing - This is to develop your knowledge of music sequencing software and the transferable skills that facilitate the realisation of musical ideas in both audio and MIDI environments. You will develop the skills to set up, use and discuss sequencing systems and techniques. 3) Using Music Technology for live performance - You will develop the skills to use music technology in live performance and know how music technology can be integral to a live performance as well as playing a supporting role. You will work with a related art form to create an integrated performance.
Type of LearningSchool Leaver
Study ModeFull Time
Location ByBurnley College
31/08/2021, 31/08/2021, 31/08/2021
At least six GCSEs at grade 5 or above in a good range of subjects, including both English and Mathematics. A grade 5 in GCSE Music and/or IT, and the ability to read music and/or play an instrument would be advantageous
First Year: Music Production Techniques Sequencing Systems and Techniques Live Sound Techniques Second Year: Delivering a Music Product (Recording and mastering an EP) Music Technology in Performance Music and Sound for the Moving Image
Assessment is 100% coursework via a range of assessments including - studio recordings, written research/evaluation and the creation of original creative work.
Careers & Progression
Live Sound - Sound engineer, technical support, stage management, instrument/ gear technician, theater technician, roadie. Recorded Sound - Recording engineer, producer, composer, studio assistant, studio manager, mastering, sound design, audio-post production, game audio. Performance - Performing musician, DJ, live sound designer, computer musican.
Extra curricular activities
Trips and opportunities at The Grand in Clitheroe. Burnley College also has multiple gig and performance opportunities throughout the year. The College regularly hosts guest lecturers from industry professionals and organise trips to local recording studios and venues.