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Music Technology at Hillview School for Girls

Course description

Students will develop and use a variety of Music and Music Technology skills such as MIDI sequencing and multi-track recorlding, as well as arranging skills, to produce a portfolio of work that consists of the following:

  • A recreation of a pop song using only MIDI synth instruments and using Reason and Cubase computer software.
  • A composition and arrangement based on a creative brief.
  • A multi-track recording of a song of their choice which includes drums, guitar and vocal mixing.

This course also provides students with the opportunity to study the styles most common in popular music. Students are required to study the devleopment of populare music styles from 1910 through to the present day.  Two special focus styles will be selected each year for more in depth study and culminate in a two hour listening exam at the end of the year.  Furthermore, students will be taught how to operate a Digital Audio Workstation, learning to mix with reverb, delay, equalisation and other effects to produce a finished master recording.

Course content

There are three areas of study:

• The Principles and Practice of Music Technology

• Popular Music Styles since 1910

• The Development of Technology-based Music





Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements to study three Level 3 qualifications for Hillview Sixth Form are Grade 5 in both English and Maths together with an average GCSE point score of 4.25 or above.

Any student meeting the above criteria is eligible for this course.

Future opportunities

There are many university courses and music colleges available to students who study A Level Music Technology. Students typically go on to have careers in a wide range of jobs such as film composer, sound designer, producer, recording engineer, sound technician, live sound engineer, DJ/remixer, music editor and video game composer.

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Links with other courses

Music Technology fits well with other Arts subjects such as Music or Performing Arts.  It also links well with Science and in particular Physics.  Equally it can be studied successfully alongside a whole range of other subjects.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hillview School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 06 November 2017
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