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Music Technology BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at Richard Taunton Sixth Form College

Course description

This course allows students to study music through music technology. It recognises technology in music as a way of music making in its own right. It is aimed at musicians who want to exploit the potential of technology in creating new music.

Course content

In each year you will study three units: 

Recording - Using the latest industry-standard software and hardware to record, mix and master.

What you will do:

  • Record bands, small groups, solo instrumentalists and even an orchestra
  • Find out about different types of microphones, how they work and which microphone to use to record different instruments
  • Learn how to mix and master your recordings to a professional standard, including the use of EQ, reverb and other effects

MIDI Sequencing - Using computer software to generate music, from electronic beats to soundscapes.

What you will do:

  • Learn how to safely setup a MIDI sequencing system (computer, keyboard etc.)
  • MIDI sequencing - creating music using the computers, including remixing existing music
  • Audio sequencing - using cut, copy, paste, reverse and time-stretch to create new music from existing audio

Music & Sound for Moving Image - Recreating sounds and making new music for your favourite films.

What you will do:

  • Write and record new music for existing film clips
  • Create and record new sounds (walking, hitting, explosions etc.) for films
  • Put all these together to produce a DVD of your work

Live Sound

What you will do:

  • Set-up and run the PA equipment at gigs
  • Find out why feedback happens, and how to stop it
  • Learn about monitors and monitor mixes
  • Hone your live mixing skills

Delivering a Music Product

What you will do:

  • Produce a CD of recordings that you have planned, setup, recorded, mixed and mastered, to demonstrate the skills you have learnt over the course

Entry requirements

  • At least five GCSEs at grade C or above (to include English Language, Music or Music Technology)
  • The ability to play a musical instrument
  • Grade 5 Music Theory would be a useful qualification, but it is not essential
  • You will need to be able to read music
  • All students will be auditioned and given a chance to play examples of their recordings or sequences

You need a high level of musical interest, which will be shown in what musical skills you have already, as sequencing work during the course requires you to work from notated music scores.

Future opportunities

Music Technology is considered a serious academic qualification for any degree at university. Students leaving Richard Taunton Sixth Form College progress to the major music colleges and universities. In recent years students have progressed onto the “Tonmeister” course at the University of Surrey.

Qualifications in Music Technology lead to careers in sound recording, engineering, teaching (Music is a National Curriculum subject), the ‘music business’ (Maths or Physics are useful), arts administration and music journalism. Music Technology is a perfect match for science subjects (Maths, Physics and Music is a common combination) and also combines well with the Arts, Humanities and Languages.

Further information

Over the years, we have developed an impressive reputation for excellence across the creative arts and our results are outstanding. Music students are taught in our £1.5million Music Centre, a state of the art building which allows students to practice in a dedicated space with access to professional equipment.

You will be expected to join in the many musical activities run by the college, including ensembles, orchestras, bands and our choir. We perform regular concerts, often to external audiences – in recent years, students have performed at the Royal Albert Hall and the House of Commons.

Teaching groups typically include 15-20 students and our high-achieving department is regarded as a “centre of excellence.”

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richard Taunton Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 31 October 2016

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