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Music Technology

RSL Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma for Creative Industries Practitioners

 Why study Music Technology?

Music technology gives you the opportunity to explore and understand the technical processes involved in producing music. This is an exciting, cutting-edge course where you will develop both your technical and creative skills using our fantastic facilities, including purpose-built recording studios (including a live room and vocal isolation booth) and industry-standard equipment (Apple Mac /Logic Pro /Pro Tools). A professional musician/music technologist/producer/sound engineer
needs an ever-diversifying skill set and this course caters for a range of musical backgrounds.

 Entry Requirements

In addition to our general entry requirements, you must have:

  • GCSE English grade 3 and GCSE maths grade 3

Although not compulsory, you could have GCSE Music, BTEC/NCFE /

The Course

This course explores the use of technology as a practical tool to develop creative modern musicianship. Through a focus on computer-based sequencing, production and recording studio skills, students gain an advanced understanding of the techniques, practices and scientific principles of music technologies.  You will also explore the music industry itself and the various, specialist roles that you could then select as a career path. 

Course Activities

Coursework tasks encourage students to develop their practical music technology skills through the creation of original compositions and studio recordings. Students will gain valuable hands-on experience using the College’s professional standard recording studio and dedicated music sequencing software. This course combines practical, theoretical, creative and analytical skills and there is an expectation to complete a minimum of 6 hours per week of independent study, in addition to the content taught in the classroom. The independent study time will allow you to develop your skills and knowledge through set tasks. It is likely that you need consider additional time to complete creative aspects of the course.

Career and Progression Opportunities

There is a very wide variety of music technology-based degree courses. Career opportunities can include sound engineering, sound design, sound for new media, theatre sound, teaching, academic research, commercial composition, and music publishing. Music technology at this level can also very occasionally provide more direct access to music-related employment, usually after additional practical work experience. However, most careers in the field are becoming graduate entry only and thus require further study.

Course Structure and Assessment

This is a two-year course and the syllabus is divided into different units (subject to change.)

Units

Career Preparation (core),

Collaborative Project,

Music Sequencing and Production,

Digital Recording and Production,

Development of Sound Sources,

Development of Music Recording Technology,

Understanding Recording Studio Design,

Understanding Recording Techniques.  

Additional Information

This subject can be combined with A Level Music or RSL Extended Certificate Creative Music Industries (Music Performance).


Examination Board: RSL (Rockschool Limited)

 

 

 

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