What is this course about?
A-Level Music Technology aims to develop your skills with technology in creating music via audio recording and MIDI sequences. You will also develop your composing skills to a significant level. This is achieved through varied practical projects backed up by theoretical development and research. You will also learn a wide perspective of music and the history of recording as well as the ability to discern musical and technical features through listening.
What will I study?
The emphasis on this course is on music technology as an area of advanced study in its own right. You use music technology as a tool for composing, arranging and score writing. You learn a range of sequencing and recording techniques, develop an understanding of the principles of music technology and study the influence of technology on the way music is produced and listened to.
Music reading and access to computer facilities are an essential pre-requisite for success in Music Technology. A preliminary course in music theory and small group training in studio skills are included.
During the course, you learn how to make high quality audio recordings of up to 24 tracks using close mic techniques, arrange and produce music using sequencing software and develop a range of listening and analytical skills.
Areas of study include the principles and practice of music technology; popular music styles since 1910; and the development of technology-based music. Assessment is by written and practical exam and supervised and timed coursework.
What can I do after the course?
Close to 80% of our A-level students progress to Higher Education. Alternatively, you could choose to enter employment.