Music Technology involves much practical work and encourages the cultivation of a wide range of musical skills. This is the course for students who want to create their own contemporary music, try their hand at recording and learn the tricks of mixing.

In the course, students sequence using MIDI and VSTs, record live instruments, produce multitrack recordings and compose using music technology. They also develop an understanding of the technical processes and principles that underpin effective use of music technology and show this through the coursework portfolios and exams.

Entry requirements

GCSE Music grade 6 or above and grade 4 standard (ABRSM or equivalent) or above in their first instrument/voice. Students who have not studied Music at GCSE level will need to present examples of their work such as composition, recording or sequencing that have recently been undertaken.

Course Content

The Music Technology A level is divided into four components: Recording, Technology-based composition, Listening and Analysing, and Producing and Analysing. Within the Recording component, students will use production tools and techniques to capture, edit, process and mix an audio recording, while component two will see them create, edit, manipulate and structure sounds to produce a technology-based composition.

Music Tech is an exciting and varied course that utilises many of the practical musical skills learned and developed throughout GCSE music.

Future Opportunities

This is a challenging A-Level course which prepares students well for university level study. The course content is designed to develop a broad range of skills including project management, appraising and analysis, creativity and imagination. Students will be able to progress to undergraduate study in Music Technology, Sound Production, Sound Engineering and many other courses requiring a similar skill-set.