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Music Technology A Level

Greenhead College

Greenhead Road, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD1 4ES

GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Level 3
MUT
Arts, Media and Publishing

Course Summary

Music Technology is a diverse, creative and exciting course that offers students the opportunity to combine their musical interests with their skills in using technology to create music. Throughout the course students will develop skills in composition, production, recording and analysis. You will improve your technical knowledge of sound and how music technology equipment functions, your IT skills, communication skills and attention to musical detail, combining all of this to generate musical ideas and create new and original compositions and recordings.

Students have access to 36 new iMac Intel workstations across two well equipped Mac suites, supporting Logic Pro X and Ableton Live. They will also have access to the recording studio equipped with Mac Pro, studio monitors, digital mixing desk and outboard gear, and a separate post-production room. The department has a good selection of microphones, keyboards and MIDI control surfaces, audio interfaces and other music technology equipment to support students in their studies. Music Technology students are strongly encouraged to participate in the extensive musical enrichment programme which encompasses a wide range of musical ensembles and performance opportunities including an annual remix competition, Logic Skills enrichment and record label.

The department enjoys a close relationship with the Music and Music Technology department at the University of Huddersfield.

It is possible to study Music at A Level and/or BTEC alongside Music Technology at A Level.

The department enjoys a close relationship with the Music and Music Technology department at the University of Huddersfield.

It is possible to study both Music (A Level and/or BTEC) and Music Technology at A Level.

Please read the course information below and if you would like to make an application please visit https://cedar.greenhead.ac.uk/apply

Course Details

The Music Technology A Level course is varied and gives a thorough grounding in music production, technology-based music and acoustics. You will produce two pieces of coursework. The first piece of work is a recording, for which you will choose a song, plan recording sessions, set up microphones, record performers and then spend time mixing and producing in class. The second is a technology-based composition, where you will blend synthesis, sampling and creative effects with the musical elements to produce a 3 minute piece of work. Alongside your practical work, you will study a variety of topics, from capture of sound to acoustics, and from effects and processing to mastering. This will be assessed through two exams which require you to apply this knowledge to unfamiliar music and situations. This will cover the development of music technology since 1930, considering the influence of technology on musical styles from jazz to dubstep and blues to trance, and placing the practical and theoretical work you have done into context.

This course will appeal to students with more contemporary musical interests.

How will it be delivered?

This course is linear with 40% of the course being non-examined assessment and 60% being assessed via exam.

Entry requirements

The College gives priority to its 11 partner schools. Places are offered to other applicants on a competitive basis.

All prospective students must achieve a minimum of grade 4 in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics, and a minimum of grade 6 in three GCSE subjects.

It would be beneficial but not an absolute requirement for Music Technology students to have some keyboard skills and the ability to read music.

Students should play an instrument to a reasonable standard and have some prior experience of working with DAW software on a PC or Mac.

Your next steps...

Music Technology is a fast-developing career path, leading to a diverse selection of careers. These might include work as a professional musician, a composer, sound/audio engineer or technician for film, theatre, TV and radio, producer, teacher, acoustician, DJ or sound designer.

To make an application please visit https://cedar.greenhead.ac.uk/apply

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