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Christ the King Sixth Form College

Music Technology

A Level

"I opted for the Music Technology course at Christ the King because of the impressive facilities that were available. The course has introduced me to a dynamic group of people and has allowed me to broaden my knowledge of industry standard software."

What will I study?

This course allows you to study music through technology. It recognises technology in music as a way of music making in its own right that requires a high level of skill and application. If you wish to use technology to realise traditional music or want to exploit its potential for making new music, you will enjoy this course.

In the first year the practical work introduces students to foundation techniques in MIDI software for realising performances, use of studio equipment for producing recordings, and devising arrangements in your own chosen style.

In the second year you are encouraged to use technology as a composition tool, and devise and master backing tracks from a sequencer in combination with live over-dubs.

Throughout both years you will have the opportunity to develop your listening and understanding skills through study of a wide range of music, including various styles of popular music and jazz.

What do I need to study this course?

Competence in reading notation and basic facility on a keyboard are essential requirements. GCSE Music (Grade 9-5) and GCSE English (Grade 9-5) are also desirable

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is by coursework and written examination.

Where will A Level Music Technology lead me?

This is an excellent course to study if you want to take a single or combined degree at university, a course at schools of music, or for apprenticeships or training schemes offered by studios, colleges or media companies. It is also useful if you want a career in the Performing Arts industry, Teaching, Production or Studio Management, as a composer or performer, in the Media or Music Retail and Publishing.