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Music Technology - 6 Unit Award at Fortismere School

Course description

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.

Course content

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

Entry requirements

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.

Further information

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.

Last updated date: 22 September 2016
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