Music Technology A Level at Malbank School and Sixth form College
Music Technology is an exciting course that provides students with the opportunity to record, produce, and create music which is both in their preferred genre of listening and push them to explore new styles. The course will enable students to use high-end industry standard software and hardware often exceeding most private recording studios. A love of music and a passion for creativity and experimentation are paramount to enjoying this course to its fullest potential.
Unit 1: Music Technology Portfolio 1 60 Hour Total Coursework Time
• Task 1A: Sequenced Realised Performance
• Task 1B: Multi-track Recording
• Task 1C: Creative Sequenced Arrangement
Unit 2: Listening and Analysing 1 ¾ Hour Listening Exam
Unit 3: Music Technology Portfolio 2 60 Hour Total Coursework Time
• Task 3A: Sequenced Integrated Performance
• Task 3B: Multi-track Recording
• Task 3C: Composing using Music Technology
Unit 4: Analysing and Producing 2 Hour Listening/Production Exam
Students wishing to study music technology should have some basic level of music theory, but are not required to have taken GCSE Music. Music Theory to an equivalent of ABRSM Grade 3 is sufficient for students to undertake both the coursework and exams within the course in addition to providing a level which will further be built upon by staff. Students are not required to play an instrument but doing so, particularly keyboard, will certainly be advantageous in composing and sequencing tasks. Students who do not have a strong musical background will be expected to attend any additional sessions outside of lessons to provide them with the skills needed to tackle the high coursework demands.
Music, Physics, and Electronics traditionally fit well with Music Technology and the course also shares similar production workflows to Media. Students who decide to study Music will benefit the most regarding the composition module of the coursework,
whereas students undertaking Physics or Electronics will find some theoretical concepts easier and can further apply knowledge leading away from the production aspect of the course towards audio engineering on a HE level.
What career paths would this course lead to?
Careers in the audio and arts industries can be fiercely competitive and all students are encouraged to create portfolios of work outside of the course, utilising the high end facilities for both academic and personal gain. The most common route forward is into Higher Education and focusing on courses in Music Production or moving to Theatrical Lighting & Sound. Students have also moved onto courses based around event management and live sound, or moved into employment with AV firms whilst getting into corporate rigging and sound reinforcement for big name festivals.
What Extra Opportunities are available?
Students studying the course are heavily involved with all productions and events the school offers, including school shows and the large end of term music concerts. The recording studio has a license system which all students are required to pass that then allows students to use the facilities in their own study time including bookable after school sessions; this system has allowed students to record albums and work on projects for Music Technology and other subjects. The 'techies' soon become an essential part of productions around the school and some students have chosen previously to go on tour with the music trips abroad to provide the sound production. Students who have undertaken the course have pride in the facilities and have added to the department over the years through donations and physical work constantly pushing the facilities to remain at a professional standard capable of competing at a university level.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Malbank School and Sixth form College directly.