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Music Technology A Level at The Billericay School

Course description

You will choose to study music technology if you are interested in learning how to create, record, and produce music both at a computer workstation and music studio.

Course content

Component 1: Recording
You will manage musicians and studio time to record one of ten selected songs utilising production tools and techniques to capture, edit, process and mix the recording.

Component 2: Technology-based composition
You will develop your ability to synthesise and sample sound, creating and manipulating audio to produce a technology based composition to one of three briefs.

Component 3: Listening and Analysing
You will acquire knowledge of the principles of sound and audio technology including its developmental correlation to musical genres. Through analytical listening you will be able to identify production equipment, techniques and effects used in a given piece of music.

Component 4: Producing and Analysing
You will develop the ability to correct and combine audio and MIDI to successfully remedy errors creating a final complete mix.
 
The ability to analyse how specific mixing scenarios including signal paths, effects and hardware units treat and manipulate sound.

Entry requirements

GCSE C grade and a relevant music theory and performance grade.

Assessment

Components 1 and 2 are coursework based and weighted at 20% each. Students are to submit a final mix of their work.

Component 3 and 4 are exam based at 25% and 35% respectively.

Future opportunities

Music technology courses can lead to further study in music technology or performing arts at music school or university. A career in the music industry such as a sound recordist, engineer, sound designer, or studio producer. It can also lead to careers in teaching, performing and composing, as well as related areas in publishing and media.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Billericay School directly.

Last updated date: 27 January 2017
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