The Nature of the Course
The course is very well suited to musicians who have specific strengths in the use of Music Technology. Please note that there is no performance assessment in the exam. The subject is broad enough to appeal to a wide range of musicians interested in all kinds of popular music and the development of technology.
Skills Demanded and Developed
Students will develop production, mixing and listening skills. They will develop skills of composition using technology and will build up their aural and analytical skills by studying popular music from Twentieth Century. Grade 3 standard theory is preferred on entry to Year 12 although students who are on course to achieve that standard by November of Year 12 should find that they will be able to access the analysis and composition reasonably confidently. Limited theory experience will not, on its own, be a bar to entry onto this course; however, students with Grade 3 standard theory all say what a difference it makes to their understanding and speed of comprehension.
A conversation with either the Director or Assistant Director of Music would be very beneficial to you in helping you decide whether this course is appropriate for you.
Careers and Higher Education Implications
University courses in Music and some Music Technology courses ask for A Level Music. Music Technology courses can be combined with other subjects to match a student’s interests. Some courses specialise in pop music, jazz as well as the more traditional Classical studies. The study of music can include such things as acoustics, ethnomusicology, and music therapy.
There are courses in studio production, live music management, sound engineering, computer music, computer games music, and popular music courses. Music Technology courses at University often specify Grade 5 theory as an entry requirement. The recording industry, publishers, copyright bodies, the pop industry, radio and television need people with musical skills. The management of music (concert halls, agencies, orchestral managers) or the technical side of the recording industry are other popular careers. A qualification in Music Technology is a good complement to any other study for professions which call for skills in communication or critical assessment.