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Music Technology A Level at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy

Course description

Why choose Music Technology?
Music Technology is a creative and innovative subject which provides you with the skills needed to arrange, compose, produce and record music. You will gain an understanding of a wide range of popular musical styles, as well as learn how to use technology successfully in the field of contemporary popular music. If you enjoy listening to and creating music and have a willingness to work with others, then this programme will be of interest to you.

The course is very practical with much of the work being carried out at computer work stations. There are excellent opportunities to learn to operate a wide variety of music hardware and software, all in superb facilities including a teaching room with a fully equipped suite of computers, recording studio and practice rooms.

The music department has a strong and varied extracurricular programme including student bands, choir and regular public performances. There are regular extension events including music industry talks and visits to universities, gigs and workshops.

What will I study?
The programme of study consists of:

  • Sequencing - using computer software to create/recreate music
  • Recording - learning to use professional recording equipment and mixing technology in a project
  • Arranging - using software to recreate a piece of music in a different style/genre
  • Listening and analysing - studying the history of popular music, technology and music theory/listening skills

What can I study it with?
Music Technology combines well with any other subject offered in the Sixth Form. However, it most naturally links with other creative subjects such as Music, Art and Photography.

Career opportunities
On completion of the course you may progress onto a university course in music technology and studio production. This course also provides a good basis for employment within the music industry, such as: producer, engineer, arranger, composer, promoter, events manager, agent, artist management and teacher.

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE grades A*- C, including:

Grade C in English Language and Grade C in Maths. Some experience of music software, e.g. Cubase/Logic/Reason, would be beneficial, as would confident keyboard skills.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Darwen Aldridge Community Academy directly.

Last updated date: 11 February 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September