Music Technology A Level
About the course
Are you interested in how music is written and then shaped in the studio? This high-tech course introduces you to the foundations of sequencing, recording, arranging and mixing music in a professional environment.
- You must satisfy the general entry criteria for A Level courses, which are based on your GCSE results.
- In addition, you need to have grade B in GCSE Music or equivalent music experience. A keen interest in all musical styles and the use of technology in music is essential. Basic music theory and elementary keyboard knowledge is required. There is an audition and theory test which may lead to a bridge course before the qualification begins.
- Equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered.
- IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in each skill) or equivalent.
In the first year, you will be introduced to sequencing and recording techniques, using Apple¿s Logic Pro digital audio workstation. You will use a high-quality analogue mixing desk in our studio to produce a live multi-track recording. Two contrasting arrangements are also required: a cover of an original piece, to sound as close to the original as possible, and a creative remix in a different style. Your listening skills, musical and technical knowledge will all be tested in the coursework as well as in an external examination.
In the second year, you will create a sequenced arrangement that will also include the use of audio elements such as samples, loops and live vocals. Your studio techniques will be further developed on a different song for which a high-quality multi-track recording will be required. Finally, a composition to a set brief will allow you to experiment with musical styles and genres of your choice and create an original piece that makes imaginative use of all the skills you have developed.
Musical understanding and technical awareness are also tested in an examination, which requires students to complete a mix of an unfinished track, answer questions on music and studio techniques and write a short essay on an aspect of technological history and practice.
Assessment is by coursework and by end of year written examinations.
This course is the ideal preparation for a course in Music and Music Production at Higher level. Alternatively, it may lead to freelance or junior salaried work at a recording studio. You can progress to become an arranger, audio engineer or music producer.
The College has a really friendly atmosphere and there are outstanding facilities
Studied: Music Technology, Psychology, and English Language and Literature
She said: "The College has a really friendly atmosphere and there are outstanding facilities. Here, you are respected, and allowed to reach your full potential."
Samantha achieved A grades in English Literature and Psychology and a B grade in Music Technology. She would like to work in a recording studio in the music industry. The former Highbury Fields pupil says she would definitely recommend City and Islington College to others.
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