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This course is not only an ideal pathway onto the Level 3 Music Technology course, but it is a great standalone introduction to music and music technology. The aim of this course is to provide you with a variety of skills, ranging from how to use a music studio and software to music theory and composition, as well as encouraging learners to learn to play at least one musical instrument.
The course contains modules focusing on: creating your own music using a digital audio workstation, performance and musicianship, the music industry, music theory, improvisation and composition. You will be taught to use a range of professional software, including Logic Pro X, Cubase and PreSonus Studio One, as well as being shown how to set up and operate the recording studio.
How will I know how I am doing?
Throughout the course, you will create a portfolio of work, including compositions, recordings and projects, as well as some essays and traditional written work, to accompany some of the more practical elements. The tutor will give regular feedback on the level you are currently working at and which areas you can improve to push for the highest grades possible.
What do I need to join?
4 GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above, ideally including English and Maths, or an alternative Level 1 qualification in a relevant subject. As this is both a creative and technical course, we would also like you to prepare an audition/show or a portfolio of work for your interview.
Maths & English
A key requirement for obtaining many jobs is to achieve a good standard of English and Maths. Learners that do not yet have a GCSE grade C in these subjects will be enrolled on either GCSE or functional skills programmes alongside their main study programme.
This course will provide you with the skills relevant to the music industry and will hone your skills to approach the next step of your career.
You will work alongside industry professionals who will give you an insight into the industry. You will end the course by performing in a professional setting at the acclaimed end-of-year music show. Students are encouraged to source a week's work experience with local creative companies, which can be supported by tutors. There are opportunites to work as part of a team, organising and performing at College events, and students are encouraged to gain as much performance experience as possible.
What can I do next?
As well as using your newly developed music skills to play, compose, produce and record music, you will be ideally placed on the Level 3 Music Technology course, which is an ideal gateway to both higher education and working in the music industry.
What are my career options?
There are many different opportunities within the music industry. Many of our students progress onto obtaining recording contracts, becoming booking agents or going into artist management. Live performer, session musician, studio engineer, stage crew, events promotion.
Course information last updated: Monday 10th August 2020 @ 8.30am (23 hours ago)