Music Technology AS level at Ellesmere Port Catholic High School
The study of Music as a subject at 16+ has become incredibly diverse in recent years. This reflects the recognition by the examination boards that careers in the music industry are equally diverse and call for many different skills and aptitudes that perhaps did not exist only a few years ago.
The advances in Music Technology, for example, mean that new generations of technologically competent musicians are constantly needed in many branches of the subject.
There will, of course, always be the demand for musicians who choose the more traditional routes of instrument-specific degrees and students who wish to pursue formal instrumental studies, whether in respect of 'classical' music or other branches such as Jazz are equally well catered for with the 'straight' syllabuses.
The emphasis in this course is firmly on practical work and it encourages the cultivation of a wide range of skills.
In particular, students will have opportunities to record live instruments as well as synthesised sounds, to produce CDs and to compose using technology.
The course is designed to attract a wide selection of students, including those who do not play a traditional musical instrument, and to encourage them to explore their own creativity. In short this means that previous experience is not necessary and that a genuine liking for music and a willingness to learn new skills is far more important.
This course has been widely accepted by Higher Education providers and provides valuable experience and preparation for those thinking of studying it post 18 and perhaps thinking of a career as, for example, a record producer or sound engineer.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ellesmere Port Catholic High School directly.