This qualification takes its starting point as ‘creating music through technology’. It is not a dedicated sound engineering course, rather, it develops students’ musical aptitudes and skills through the medium of music technology. In addition to developing composition, performance and listening skills, students will learn all aspects of digital sequencing, studio practice and sound engineering.
Unit 1 (AS): Music Technology Portfolio 1: includes a realized sequenced performance, multitrack recording and a composition/arrangement task.
Unit 2 (AS): Listening and Analyzing: questions on AoS 2: Popular Music Styles since 1910 and technical skills, concepts and processes.
Unit 3 (A2): Music Technology Portfolio 2: includes a realized sequenced performance, multitrack recording and composition brief on either Music for Film, Songwriting or Soundscapes.
Unit 4 (A2): Analyzing and Producing: a practical exam involving live mixing, editing and processing of audio and MIDI samples.
Grade C in Music GCSE or Merit and above at Level 2 Music BTEC would be desirable but will consider other candidates based on their interview.
-A basic understanding of how to use a music software package such as Logic or Cubase to create, record and edit music. -Experience of composing music either as part of a GCSE/BTEC music course or in their own time -A keen interest in how sound is created and how it can be manipulated -A positive and enthusiastic attitude towards learning
It will be useful and helpful to have a basic knowledge of certain aspects of musical theory. There is a maximum number of 9 allowed onto the course so previous knowledge and understanding will be considered if more pupils apply.