Music Technology - 6 Unit Award at Fortismere School
Why study Music Technology?
- To gain theoretical knowledge, understanding and practical learning in the management and setting up of a recording studio based on industry requirements.
- To develop the knowledge and skills to produce multi-track recordings, mix-down, editing and production processes using computer software, and apply basic concepts and practices employed in analogue and digital sound recording techniques.
- To learn about how sound behaves in performance venues and recording studios; explore sound as a waveform and the physics of sound using formulae and quantifying measurements.
- Develop musical vocabulary, aural perception and theory of music from popular music, jazz, classical music, music from film and television and from around the world - sound engineers or DJs need refined listening skills and an ability to listen to music critically.
6 UNITS: 360 HOURS
Distinction = 120 UCAS points (grade A at A level)
Merit = 80 UCAS points (grade C at A level)
Pass= 40 UCAS points (grade E at A level OR grade C at AS level)
Three core units:
9 Creating a Music Product
30 Planning a Music Recording
34 Sound Recording Techniques
Three specialist units:
14 Introduction to Acoustics
28 Operating Live Sound
39 The Sound and Music Industry
At least 5 Grade C's at GCSE level are required. A Grade B in Music is recommended, and B Grades in Maths and a relevant technology are recommended. Students should demonstrate a keen interest in music technology, and are likely to have experience of producing, composition and performance. A competence in essay writing, using spreadsheets and calculator, and applying basic formulae is necessary. A commitment to recording opportunities and school concerts are essential.
You will have regular access to a suitable recording studio, rehearsal space, PC computers and Sibelius/ Cubase software. It is hoped that during the course music industry professionals, such as sound engineers, music producers will visit, and/or students
will spend time in London recording studios and at the Roundhouse. Students are required to work as a studio production team/company managing budgets and keeping records.
Learning will require individual study and research, written essays and portfolios of work, visual/ oral presentation, group discussion, and both theoretical and practical lessons.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Fortismere School directly.