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Music Technology Cambridge Technical (90 Credit) at Helston Community College

Course description

This is the course for you if you enjoy creating and listening to diff erent styles of music, and are serious about extending your practical experience and understanding of Music Technology

Course content

The course is made up of eight units. The units are:

Music Production Techniques In this unit you will learn how to use the recording studio, learn about a variety of equipment, diff erent recording techniques and how to produce a professional mix.

Skills Development in Performing Arts This unit is all about recognising your current skills, choosing relevant skills you wish to develop and auditing your progress. This unit is ongoing throughout the two-year course.

Professional practice in Performing Arts Students will learn about job roles within a chosen industry related to sound and music, they will also create a business plan for a product or service.

Community Arts Project Students will learn how to plan a community music project through studying local events like Helstonbury, Mazey Day and Park Live

Stage Sound Operations Students will gain skills in setting up audio equipment (PA, microphones etc.) for a live performance situation. These will include both live music concerts and theatrical productions. You will learn about fold-back speakers and separate on-stage mixes.

Contemporary Song-writing Techniques Through the study of popular songs, you will learn techniques and structures of songwriting in various styles and genres. You will then produce a portfolio of recordings.

Sequencing Systems and Techniques This is where students will be asked to recreate piece of music or song using midi and audio sequencing software.

Planning and Delivering a Music Product This follows on from “Music Production Techniques” but there will be a greater emphasis on what is required to produce a recording that is commercially viable including fi nancial implications.

Entry requirements

Although no actual music qualifi cations are needed to access the course, you will need to be able to demonstrate a sense of musicality and have an active interest in music. You will be required to realise rhythms, melodies and harmonies on computer based music software. Students that have taken GCSE music will be well prepared for the course.

NCFE and BTEC level 2 Music courses are also good preparation for the course. Experience of music software such as Cubase, Garage Band and mixing desks is also useful.


All units are internally assessed with selections moderated by external examiners

Future opportunities

A 90 credit level 3 Cambridge Technical can lead to further study of Music Technology or Performing Arts at Higher National Diploma and Degree level. It can also help you on you way to a career in the popular music industry.

Further information

Although the course is equivalent to 1 ½ A levels, it will fi ll only one option block on your timetable. There will be a recommended independent study time of 2 ½ hours per week in which you will be expected to work on projects in the department either in free periods or after college hours.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 July 2016

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