Music technology is the study of the technology and techniques that we use in sound and music making. At Beauchamp College this mostly involves the recording of sound using microphones and the creation of music using computers. It also involves studying and analysing the technology that is used and the industry that sound and music professionals work in. The course involves practical activities as well as academic studies. Learning is achieved through workshops, lectures, written work, research, quizzes, demonstartions, individual and group work. There will be lesson time devoted to completing coursework but it is expected that some coursework will be completed at home. You will study the following units: > Sound recording Techniques: This unit starts your studies in the world of audio recording. You will learn about different microphones and how to choose and place them to record a range of instruments. You will operate the mixing desk and recording software to do a multi-track recording. You will then mix and master the recordings. > Computer Music Systems: In this unit you will learn how a computer functions and how music software and peripherals can be used to turn a computer into a music production workstation. You will apply your knowledge in the creation of music on a computer. > The Sound and Music Industry: In this unit you will learn how the music industry works and what all the different roles are. You will also learn about contracts and copyright. > The Music Freelance World: In this unit you will learn about professionalism in the industry. You will learn how to develop yourself into a role, how to promote yourself and the financial issues involved in working in the industry. > Planning a Music Recording: This forms part of your final major project in the second year. This unit deals with the planning and pre-production necessary to carry out a major music production. > Creating a Music Product: This unit forms the second part of your final major project. In this unit you implement all the things that have been planned. In this unit you will undertake all the practical elements involved in the production of a CD including recording, mixing, editing and mastering. The Music Technology department now has a fully functioning 24 track digital recording studie with a large recording space. There is also a sequencing laboratory with Apple Mac computers running Logic Pro 8 software. Each computer has a pair of headphones and a MIDI (Music) keyboard attached. All the equipment you see in this leaflet is used in the department.
6 grade 5s (or equivalent), including at least a grade 5 in English Language or Literature.
Students must have a minimum of a good pass grade in the relevant subject (if taken) at level 2.
This course does offer some preparation for those who are thinking about a career in the music industry. Jobs in this area include: > Producer > Engineer > Artist > Manager > Recording Companies > Publishing Companies > Agents > Promoters > Journalists The BTEC National Diploma is a good route into Music Technology degree courses at University.