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Music Technology A Level at King Edward VI Community College

Course description

Are you:
- keen to create and record music?
- interested in the way popular music style has evolved?
- someone who enjoys listening to music?
- fascinated to learn about the development of music technology?

If yes, then A Level Music Technology is the course for you! Where else can you experiment with recording equipment and computer technology, arrange and compose music, and learn about popular music, from rock and roll to reggae, heavy rock to hip hop?

Music Technology plays a key role in music across the globe. Students, including those who do not play a traditional instrument, are encouraged to explore their musicality and create original music using technology.

Music Technology A Level consists of courses in how to use sequencing software (creating music using computers) , the use of MIDI and virtual instruments, the development of critical listening skills, multi-track recording, including microphone techniques, processing, use of effects and mixing, the study of popular music genres and the development of music technology. The course acts as an excellent basis for the growing number of Higher Education courses involving music technology.

Course content

The course covers three areas of study:
The Principles and Practice of Music Technology: study and practice of MIDI sequencing, audio sequencing and multi-track recording, using equipment and technical processes to capture sounds and manipulate them to produce musical results

Popular Music Styles since 1910: study of popular music, including jazz, pop and rock. Students learn about the main musical and cultural characteristics of the major styles and trends of the past 100 years.

The Development of Technology-based Music: to help students understand more about the development and influence of technology on music since 1910.

Entry requirements

Some knowledge of Music Theory and reasonable keyboard skills are a distinct advantage.


Take advantage of our recording studio with its specialised facilities and resources, including a live room, industry standard selection of microphones and outboard (SSL/Focusrite/Lexicon). Two well-equipped music computer suites will allow you to use music technology software such as Cubase to compose and arrange music.

Future opportunities

There are many opportunities in higher education and career possibilities for those proficient in handling music technology. Studying A Level Music Technology could lead to careers in the record industry, sound engineering, record producing and music education.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI Community College directly.

Last updated date: 08 February 2017

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