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Diploma in Music at Carr Hill High School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

If you have an interest in popular music, and you’ve ever wanted to record and produce music, this is for you! Music technology plays a key role in music across the world in contemporary music - the roles of producer and sound engineer are as important as performance, and in current music are becoming more important - often the producer or DJ is listed as the artist and the singer described as ‘featuring’. This qualification is designed to open up a range of exciting and practical tasks to a wide range of students, and to encourage students to learn about the subject. Students, including those who do not play a traditional instrument, are encouraged to explore their musicality and create original tracks and recreate and edit existing tracks using technology.
Students work in recording studios, use sequencing software and a range of effects packages to produce recordings and sequenced performances. This is a music industry-led course with ‘real’ recording and sequencing tasks which every producer and sound engineer will encounter. Current students are finding the practical nature of the tasks enjoyable and are taking pride in producing their own sequenced performances and recordings, as well as developing their listening to appreciate the music technology in the music they listen to, including recording and mixing techniques.

The course consists of thirteen units, nine mandatory core units that everyone takes and four optional units.

Mandatory core units
- Music Production Techniques
- Sequencing Systems and Techniques
- Sound Creation and Manipulation

Optional Units
- Acoustics for Musicians
- Audio Engineering Principles
- Backline Technical Management
- Delivering a Music Product
- Listening Skills for Music Technologists
- Marketing and Promotion in the Music Industry

Optional Units
- Music Technology in Performance
- Live Sound Techniques
- The Music Freelance World
- The Sound and Music Industry
- Special Subject Investigation

Entry requirements

In most instances 5 GCSE grades at C or above, although in certain circumstances exceptions can be made.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Carr Hill High School and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 12 August 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years