Music Technology

A Level

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Availability & Details

Music Technology, A-Level AF-MUTEAL-D(0000)003

Alton Campus

Type of study

Academic Year 2022-23 (2 years)

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If you want to learn how to record, produce and mix music, this contemporary A Level will help you achieve a foundation towards university and entry into the music industry. Using platforms such as Logic Pro & Reason, you will learn to record and mix bands as well as composing music for the digital age.

The course combines theoretical and practical aspects and features guest speakers and industry trips, as well as developing your own portfolio. Previous students have attended the prestigious Tonmeister Course at the University of Surrey or have graduated from Music Production/Sound Engineering courses at Leeds College of Music, University of Birmingham and University of Westminster, as well as popular Music courses at BIMM and ACM. You will be guaranteed the opportunity to audition for undergraduate study at Leeds College of Music.

At least five GCSEs at 9-4 including GCSE Mathematics and English to grade 4-5. Ability and enthusiasm to play an instrument, sing, play keyboards or program Music, DJ etc. Music grades are an advantage but we will assess each application on merit.

A Level Music Technology is the ideal course for you if you enjoy making and recording music. You will study producing, styles, composing for the digital age and sound engineering, making use of our professional standard equipment.

In Year 1 you will look at Foundation Skills in Recording/Programming & Portfolio Preparation and in Year 2 you will move onto Advanced Skills in Recording/Programming.

There are three main areas of study for this A Level Music Technology course, encouraging both breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding:

  • Recording and Production Techniques for both corrective and creative purpose
  • Principles of Sound and Audio Technology
  • The Development of Recording and Production

Units studied on this course:

  • Recording
  • Technology-Based Composition
  • Listening & Analysing
  • Producing & Analysing

You will learn how to record and produce bands, singers and musicians in the studio using high specification equipment, as well as Logic Pro X. This will foster an understanding of how sound travels and can be captured. Through workshops, tutorials, lessons and student-led activities, you will gain a foundation and advanced skills in how to track, edit, mix and master your music using our control room and iMac suites. To prepare you for digital platforms, you will compose for media as well as songs and elements of sound design. Being a self-starter in the industry is vital, so self-directed learning, research, planning, as well as your own presentations will be vital for your learning.

Portfolio of coursework (externally marked).

Final exams in Year 2:
– Listening & Analysing
– Producing & Analysing

A set of closed-cup headphones from £50-200.
An external hard drive: £50-75.
Optional Logic Pro X for use at home: £139 (approximately).
Optional Macbook or iMac for use at home from £799-1000.

The last two items are not compulsory as you can use our suites, but it helps to consolidate learning at home.

Students from this course have progressed to Russell Group Universities to attend the prestigious Tonmeister Course or studied Music Technology at York University, as well as Southampton University. Others have progressed to Sound Engineering or Music Production at Birmingham, Westminster, Bath Spa, Kingston universities as well as ACM, BIMM and WaterBear. Performance and Production Students have also progressed to the Royal College and Academy of Music, as well as Guildhall and Trinity Conservatoires and Leeds College of Music. Some have started their own record labels or production careers, as well as two being nominated for the Mercury Prize. You will be guaranteed the opportunity to audition for undergraduate study at Leeds College of Music.

Students have been taught and taken on trips to Metropolis Studios to take part in Mixing Masterclasses with Grammy award-winning engineers, as well as guest speakers from the industry such as Audio production engineers for ITV. You will be taught by teachers previously employed as producers, touring musicians, BBC, DJs etc.

I studied A Level Music Technology at Alton from 2016-18. The course was a great way to get me started with Music Production and learning how to compose and mix in Logic. With this background, I recorded my own EP and released it, as well as securing a place at Goldsmiths College. The teachers have years of industry and teaching experience and are really helpful with tips and advice. They helped me with my projects and UCAS applications, discussing at length what my options were. I would really recommend this course if you are serious about your music.

Carl Bandi, Music Technology A Level