Music Technology is eclectic in its support of commercial music styles, including traditional rock and pop performances, DJ sets, programming and production, EDM and music for media, together with more experimental forms of music-making. During the first year of the A level, pupils will visit a professional studio to record a song and sit in on a mixing session. Second year pupils return to the studio to take full control of a mix session on an analogue SSL or Neve console. In addition, there are numerous opportunities to gain real experience of performing and sound engineering at College-organised events.
Music Technology is housed in an acoustically treated Mac Suite, equipped with Logic Pro, Cubase and Ableton Live to allow pupils to undertake individual recording and production projects. We provide a range of studio-level microphones and are impressively supplemented by the College’s audiovisual team.
The A level Music Technology course is split into two main disciplines: sequencing and recording. Pupils should ideally be interested in a variety of popular styles of music, from the 1950s to the present day. Each year, pupils produce two assessed recordings and there are two final exams; one covering the technical aspects of sequencing and recording, and the other the analysis of production techniques throughout music history.
Pupils will develop skills in:
- Sequencing, synthesis and sampling;
- Multitrack recording, mixing and mastering;
- Composing and arranging;
- Listening and analysing styles most common in popular music.
In addition to regular studio trips, the Department supports a range of in-house music-making including Live Lounge, Christmas Music, Battle of the Bands, Pulse, the Music Technology Concert and a range of informal performances and open rehearsals. The Department hosts a weekly Songwriters’ Circle to showcase and workshop song writing and writing sessions are regularly delivered by visiting commercial artists.
The wider Music Department affords pupils the opportunity to record College ensembles including the Symphony Orchestra and Chapel Choir, engaging with the challenge of capturing and mixing live sound in real time.
The Department hosts a number of visiting speakers throughout the year from musicians, producers, engineers and other professionals in the Music Technology industry.