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Music Technology A Level at Lymm High Voluntary Controlled School

Course description

If you are interested in any aspect of music and/or technology then this is the course for you! We study everything from the ‘first note’ to the final CD! We get to arrange and remix music in contemporary styles; multi-track record using various techniques; explore popular styles of music and how they have evolved; explore sound sources and synthesis and whilst also developing knowledge of acoustics and waveform, the list goes on…. It is a course of developing musical knowledge whilst also using up to date technology to realise musical possibilities.

Course content

Introduction to Digital Audio, Workstations and Apple Mac Logic, software introduction to Recording, techniques including overdubbing, Microphone placements Introduction into EQ. Key characteristics of main key styles in the history of popular music. Advanced sequencing skills using Logic software, developing arrangement skills using technology, looking at melody, form and structure and harmony, Key processes involving sampling, In depth analysis of special focus styles. Introduction into synthesis and its use in popular music, Advanced recording and multi tracking skills, including orchestral instrumental recording. Mixing and mastering techniques. Examination preparation.

Revisiting MIDI processing and connectivity, Revisiting recording techniques, overdubbing – different types of microphone. Principles of composition – key processes. The development of music technology – history and development of synthesis. Introduction to the set integrated sequencing task, More in-depth mixing and mastering processes – use compression, panning, EQ, dynamics etc…

Composing for the moving image – motifs and motivic development, syncing and underscoring. Key techniques involved in song writing. Further developments in the history of music technology, tape recording to digital domain. Integration of technology into composing and sequencing. Further sampling and synthesis consolidation. Examination preparation.

Entry requirements

A music GCSE or BTEC is preferable, however a flair and passion for music will be considered as part of the enrolling procedure.


Each year, there are three individually assessed pieces of coursework based around sequencing on Apple Mac Logic, Multi-track recording using external hardware and mixing audio in Logic, and arranging using a mixture of sampling and contemporary compositional techniques. At AS Level, there is a formal examination based around listening and analysing popular music from 1910 to the present day. At A2 level there is a formal examination based around popular recording techniques and manipulation of audio.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lymm High Voluntary Controlled School directly.

Last updated date: 01 July 2015

Key information

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