Music Technology Vocational CourseArts


Introduction to Music Technology


QUALIFICATION: BTEC NATIONAL EXTENDED CERTIFICATE IN MUSIC TECHNOLOGY

On the Music Technology course you will develop musical vocabulary, aural perception and theory of music from popular music, jazz, classical and music from film television as well as from around the world.

You will need refined listening skills and an ability to listen to music critically. You will gain theoretical knowledge, understanding practical learning in management and setting up of a recording studio based on industry requirements.

You will develop the knowledge and skills to produce multi-track recordings, mix-down, editing and production processes using computer software, as well as applying basic concepts and practices which are employed in digital and analogue sound recording techniques.

You will learn about how sound behaves in performance venues, recording studios; explore sound as a waveform and about the physics of sound using formulae and quantifying measurements. 

This qualification is equivalent to an A-Level.


Teaching & Assessment


40% Assignments and 60% Controlled Assessment.

1. Assignments: Set and marked by the centre and externally moderated. Students complete a series of practical, tasks set in a work-related scenario.

2. Controlled Assessment: Set and marked by the exam board.  Students respond to a pre-released brief or complete an online examination.


Vocational Progression


Music Technology can lead to a University course in music, or arts production such as Sound Recording Technician. A wide variety of careers such as performing, recording, music publishing and numerous other careers within the music industry, such as Acoustics and Music, Band Musicianship, Commercial Music, Creative Music Technology, Digital Music, Electronic Music, Music Composition, Music Industry Management, Music Informatics, Music Production, Music Tuition, Stage Management.


Course Structure


Year 12
• Recording of Pop/Rock Band.
• Sequenced Performance of a Popular Piece of Music.
• Listening and Analysing.

Year 13
• Recording of a Pop/Rock Band.
• Sequenced Recording and Producing.
• Composing using Technology.
• Listening and Analysing.