BTEC Level 3 – Music Technology
The BTEC Level 3 in Music Technology Extended Certificate will teach the technology of computer and studio music, including sequencing, audio manipulation, synthesis, recording and mixing technique, electronic and acoustic principles.
- Who Is This Course For?
The College entry criteria for all level three courses can be found on our ”Entry Criteria Guidance” pdf document.
In all cases a theory test and/or audition is the best way to determine suitability for the course, irrespective of background or prior training. Entrance to the course will rely primarily on the demonstration of essential musicality.
Auditions are informal and involve a short interview with a music teacher. Performing on an instrument or presenting past compositions are both good ways to effectively demonstrate musicality.
- Course Details:
Exact details are yet to be determined but the course will likely contain at least the following units:
Music Technology in Context
- Learners analyse the development of technology, evaluating its impact on the practice of creating and producing music.
Studio Recording Techniques
- Learners will cover the processes, equipment and practical skills required to produce multitrack recordings in a music studio environment.
Mixing and Mastering Techniques
- This unit aims to give learners the skills to mix and master a digital audio workstation (DAW) project to a professional standard.
Music Software Skills
- Learners will develop an understanding of how a digital audio workstation (DAW) can be used creatively to produce music, manipulate audio and mix music.
Music and Sound for Media
- Learners will explore the production of the music, sound and effects that are used for media products such as games, films and apps.
Each unit will be assessed based on coursework with some being externally examined.
How the course is delivered
4 lessons per week with the Music Technology teacher, Ben Newton. The lessons are split between the theory and principles of music technology (including the scientific and electronic aspects), and practical studio and computer-based work. Much like other practical art-based subjects, a good deal of time is spent working under your own initiative, as you will be undertaking your own coursework.
In addition to academic courses, the department thrives on its practical work. Music ensembles exist as enrichment for both examination and non-examination students. There is a busy schedule of weekly rehearsals and a diverse range of groups including choir, orchestra, wind, string and brass ensembles, chamber groups and jazz orchestra. There is also the opportunity for students to perform as soloists. Rehearsals culminate in the Christmas and Spring Concerts, and the more informal Summer Recital. The department also supports students continuing to learn music theory.
The Music department at Wyke Sixth Form College
The Music Department wishes to imbue students with a love of music and to educate and touch the soul through the study of music as a practical and academic discipline; to cultivate an ethos of hard work, high standards and high expectations from both staff and students; to enable students to fulfil their musical potential in concert performances, academic study and public examinations through the thorough preparation and delivery of all lessons and rehearsals; for students to experience an excellent rapport with music staff and to enjoy their musical studies; for students to experience a pleasant, disciplined and happy learning environment; for students to consider themselves improved musicians as a result of their learning at Wyke.
- Ben Newton (Teacher of Music Technology)
What can I do now that would help prepare me for this course?
The most important thing is to ensure that your musical skills are good; fluency of reading music in both treble and bass clefs, a thorough working knowledge of key signatures, scales and chords will be needed; also work on your instrumental skills. It is not required to have any prior knowledge or experience of recording or music software.
There are a number of different courses that universities offer. Some are more creative, whilst others are aimed more at the technical, electronic or scientific aspects. Many traditional music courses also offer technology-based modules.
Many musicians run their own businesses, allowing them to work in many fields such as performing, composing, teaching, recording, mixing, audio restoration and so on. Careers can include broadcast, technical engineer, production, audio forensics, studio design and the like.
Fiona I’Anson: worked in Vietnam as a radio and TV anchor
Liam Waugh: Musician in West End theatres
Matthew McCloud: Drummer, recently played in a band supporting Ellie Goulding
Luke Knott: gained a place on ‘Tonmeisters’ at Surrey – the most prestigious Music Technology degree in Europe
- Course Showcase:
Erin Anderson & Georgia Green perform at Wyke “Plugged”.