Music Technology

Subject Overview

The course consists of 4 components:
Component 1 - Recording: Students will use technology to explore a range of techniques for capturing, editing and manipulating sound which will help them understand the impact of music technology on creative processes in the studio. They will then produce a completed mix.

Component 2 - Composition: The purpose of this component is to assess students’ skills in creating, editing and structuring sounds with increased sensitivity and control to develop a technology-based composition. Students will develop the skills to create and manipulate sounds in imaginative and creative ways in order to communicate effectively with listeners.

Component 3 - Listening and Analysing: The purpose of this component is for students to develop listening and analysing skills through the study of a range of music production techniques used in unfamiliar commercial recordings. The production stages of capture and creating sounds, editing and arranging sounds and mixing will be covered in the examination.

Component 4 - Producing and Analysing: This component assesses students’ knowledge of the techniques and principles of music technology through a series of written and practical tasks, in the context of audio and MIDI materials provided by Pearson. The production stages of sound creation, audio editing and mixing will be covered.

KS3 GCSE iGCSE Pre A level / Pre IB IB A Level Cambridge Technical Pre U

What skills will I learn?

  • Understand the principles of sound and audio technology and how they are used in creative and professional practice
  • Understand a wide range of recording and production techniques and how they are used in practice for both corrective and creative purposes
  • Develop recording skills to demonstrate an understanding of sound and its capture
  • Develop the skills to create and manipulate sound in imaginative and creative ways
  • Develop skills in critical and analytical listening to evaluate the use of sound and audio technology in students’ own and others’ work
  • Develop an understanding of the historical and cultural contexts of the use of technology in the creation, performance and production of music
  • Make links between the integrated activities of recording, processing, mixing, sound Creation and creative music technology applications, underpinned by analytical listening
  • Understand the basic principles of acoustics, psycho-acoustics, and the digitalisation of sound

What else will I get to do?

There will be opportunities to get involved with the extra-curricular music activities and the technological aspects of running shows and concerts, for example sound and lighting desk, setting up stages etc.

The next step

  • Sound engineer / producer
  • Many aspects of the Media Industry
  • Theatre production

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