Students will develop and use a variety of Music and Music Technology skills such as MIDI sequencing and multi-track recording, as well as arranging skills, to produce a portfolio of work that consists of the following:
- A recreation of a pop song using only MIDI synth instruments and using Reason and Cubase computer software.
- A composition and arrangement based on a creative brief.
- A multi-track recording of a song of their choice which includes drums, guitar and vocal mixing.
This course also provides students with the opportunity to study the styles most common in popular music. Students are required to study the development of popular music styles from 1910 through to the present day. Two special focus styles will be selected each year for more in depth study and culminate in a two hour listening exam at the end of the year. Furthermore, students will be taught how to operate a Digital Audio Workstation, learning to mix with reverb, delay, equalisation and other effects to produce a finished master recording.
There are three areas of study:
• The Principles and Practice of Music Technology
• Popular Music Styles since 1910
• The Development of Technology-based Music
General entry requirements: Grade 4 in English Language and Maths together with 3 other GCSE grades at grade 4 or above is the minimum requirement to enter Hillview Sixth Form.
Any student meeting the above criteria is eligible for this course.
There are many university courses and music colleges available to students who study A Level Music Technology. Students typically go on to have careers in a wide range of jobs such as film composer, sound designer, producer, recording engineer, sound technician, live sound engineer, DJ/remixer, music editor and video game composer.