Music Technology (Production) Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

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Curriculum Area: Performing Arts, Media and Film

Music Technology: Production (Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma)

This course is aimed primarily at students who are interested in developing skills in music technology and might be considering a career in the Music or Music Technology Industry. It is a highly practical course and is focussed around developing skills in live sound, music recording/production and composition/sequencing.

The Level 3 BTEC Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma is equivalent to one GCE AS/A Level. It also attracts UCAS points in the same way as an A level.

Course Units

A range of units are available within this qualification. Those currently offered are:

Year 1 Unit 29 Live…

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Curriculum Area: Performing Arts, Media and Film

Music Technology: Production (Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma)

This course is aimed primarily at students who are interested in developing skills in music technology and might be considering a career in the Music or Music Technology Industry. It is a highly practical course and is focussed around developing skills in live sound, music recording/production and composition/sequencing.

The Level 3 BTEC Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma is equivalent to one GCE AS/A Level. It also attracts UCAS points in the same way as an A level.

Course Units

A range of units are available within this qualification. Those currently offered are:

Year 1 Unit 29 Live Sound Techniques Unit 25 Music Production Techniques Unit 32 Sequencing Systems and Techniques Year 2 Unit 35 Sound Creation and Manipulation Unit 20 Music and Sound for the Moving Image Unit 9 Delivering a Music Product

Assessment of Progress

The course is structured around a number of assignments, some of which will be short-term (file management, fault finding) while others will be longer (recording projects, original sequenced compositions etc.). Each unit has a learning content and outcomes that are clearly stated, and students will be kept informed of their progress.

Enrichment

All students should be prepared to take advantage of the wide range of music enrichment activities available at St Brendan’s.

Music Theory

There are small group sessions available in Music Theory for students wanting to learn how to read music. These skills are highly desirable for students wishing to go on and study or work further in the Music industry.

Resources

Music Technology facilities include:

  • Computer suite with PC’s running Cubase SX and Sibelius 5 software
  • Recording studio incorporating a ‘live’ room and separate control room, complete with significant outboard equipment for effects and processing
  • An excellent range of microphones
  • A wide range of band equipment, including amplifiers, acoustic and electronic drum kits
  • A range of synthesizers, sound modules and other related equipment
  • Fully equipped performance space including substantial sound and lighting systems
  • Six practice rooms equipped with pianos and/or PA systems.
  • We have a wide range of peripatetic instrument/voice teachers who come into college to support students. We can also recommend specialists if needed

Progression

The BTEC Level 3 Certificate/Subsidiary in Music Technology (Production) provides a sound basis for students wishing to proceed to Higher education courses in Creative Music Technology and some other related courses. It can lead to careers in composing, studio work, and teaching as well as related areas in publishing and media. It combines well with most other subjects but compliments in particular Theatre Studies and Music or Music Performing.

Entry Requirements

  • The minimum entry requirement is five GCSE’s at Grade C or above or the equivalent from four subject areas including English.
  • Instrumental (especially keyboard) and/or vocal skills are essential as students must be able to perform on their recordings. DJ’ing would also be an appropriate performance skill to bring to the course.
  • GCSE Music at grade C or above is highly desirable.

Charges

There are no extra charges on this course. However, there is a charge for instrumental lessons although funds may be available for those who may find the cost of these prohibitive. Students will be expected to provide their own stationery, memory sticks and/or recordable CD’s. Some of these are available from the College Stationery Shop.

Students must also be prepared to invest in a set of professional headphones for classroom/studio work (staff can give advice as to what makes/models would be suitable).

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