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Music Technology A Level at Farnham College

Course description

This course is for you if you have an interest in music and want to learn more about how it is created. It is designed to increase your knowledge and understanding of music production software, recording techniques and the various musical and sonic components that make up a recording.

You will develop and apply theory and practical skills through recording, editing and mixing sessions.

You will also develop an understanding of studio roles and composition techniques. This course is aimed at students who wish to advance their skills and technical knowledge in music technology and production with a view to gaining a qualification that will enable them to progress onto a higher level qualification, or seek employment in the music technology industry.

Course content

Listening Skills – This unit is about developing your listening skills and understanding the sonic and musical components that are found in various pieces of music. You will also learn to identify faults in recordings and understand how to fix them.

Production Techniques - A study of the equipment and techniques used in recording studios. You will learn how to set up microphones and recording equipment in our studio and make multitrack recordings of live performances. You’ll also learn some of the techniques used during the mixing process and you will produce a mastered final mix of your recorded sessions.


Sequencing & Composition - Learn how to use sequencing software, such as Audacity and Logic Pro X, to realise musical ideas. You will develop a comprehensive set of sequencing skills and explore a number of creative composition tasks that look at MIDI sequencing, audio sampling and remixing.

Synthesis & Sampling – Learn how to create digital versions of real instruments using subtractive synthesis and software samplers. You will learn about acoustic theory and some of the science behind how sound is made and created before applying your knowledge to a creative composition.

Research Project – A chance to develop your research and project management skills by carrying out an in depth and practical investigation of a special subject of your choice. Designed to help with progression into the wider world of employment, with a focus on the working world of musicians, labels and the music industry.

Music Technology in Performance – This unit is about understanding the uses of technology and how they can be implemented into live performance. You will learn about the history of music technology performance and ultimately plan and perform your own music using technology to accompany a film, dramatic performance, dance or installation.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths and English; or a Level 2 at merit or above

Assessment

This course is assessed through coursework in the following areas: music production techniques, listening skills for music technologists, sequencing systems and techniques.

 

Future opportunities

You will complete the Subsidary Diploma in Year 2 of this course. This course is aimed at students who wish to advance their skills and technical knowledge in music technology and production with a view to gaining a qualification that will enable them to progress onto a higher level qualification, or seek employment in the music technology industry.

 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 June 2016
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