Music Technology: Production

Music Technology - Production

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
D* 18% (2018)
Awarding Body
BTEC Pearson (1 A level equivalent)

Course Overview

This Music Technology: Production course is for serious music technologists. St David’s has industry-standard equipment including a fully equipped recording studio, professional analogue mixing console and Apple Mac suite with Logic Pro and Ableton Live. The course covers creating a music product, music sequencing, sound recording techniques, sounds for multimedia and much more. The course is aimed at musicians, aspiring producers, and sound engineers who wish to be involved in the technology of music. It is for students who want to record, edit and compose using a variety of modern techniques.

How is the Course Assessed?

As a BTEC course, all assessment is via coursework and practical assessment.

Unit 32: Sequencing Systems and Techniques 
Learners develop knowledge of music sequencing software and the transferable skills that facilitate the realisation of musical ideas in both audio and MIDI environment. Learners will develop the skills to set up, use and discuss sequencing systems and techniques. 

Unit 26: Music Technology in Performance 
This unit aims to develop knowledge and skills in the use of music technology in performance contexts. Learners will perform using technology, work with related art forms and investigate the historical development of the technology and techniques used. 

Unit 25: Music Production Techniques 
This unit develops learners’ awareness of the equipment and techniques used in recording studios to the extent that they can produce a complete studio recording. 

Unit 35: Sound Creation and Manipulation 
The aim of this unit is to develop learners’ abilities to use the functions of synthesisers and samplers in creative music projects, establishing a basis in acoustic theory that will be transferable and fundamental to their use of music technology in the future.  
Unit 29: Live Sound Techniques 
Learners will become familiar with the sound equipment used in a music venue and will set up a sound system, use outboard equipment and set up monitor mixes.  
Unit 9: Delivering a Music Product 
The aim of this unit is to enable learners to experience the process of creating and delivering a digital music release within guidelines typically found in the music industry.  

What Next?

This course can lead to progression into Higher Education or a career in music programming, music composition, studio engineering and production. This can lead to employment in: studio production, sound design, music for media, record companies, song writing, or composing.

Specific Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs A* - C. Learners will be considered for entry on to the course on experience as well as qualifications.

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