We are very proud of the Music Technology resources in the Music Department, which includes an iMac suite, running Sibelius and Logic Pro software. This is alongside a fully equipped recording studio and DJ equipment. A second classroom is equipped with 18 PC’s also running the Sibelius software alongside 18 Yamaha keyboards.
Pupils have access to this equipment in all year groups through the development of performance skills, melody writing, harmony, layering sounds and mixing audio and midi applications.
Alongside the more traditional Music GCSE course, pupils have the option to study a vocational qualification through the NCFE Level 2 Technical Award in Music Technology. This course focuses on aspects of technology used within the Music industry and enables pupils to achieve a nationally recognized Level 2 qualification. Pupils study 5 units of work: Introduction to Music Technology and the Music business; Using a Digital Audio Workstation; Musical Elements, Musical Styles and Music Technology; Sound Creation and Multi track Recording.
Evidence is presented by the way of a portfolio for which pupils will be required to make use of ICT for research and presentation. Portfolios must show both work in progress and completed assignments; this can be in the form of video and/or audio recordings, short reports, specific assignment notes, observation records, discussion notes and class presentations.
There are 2 externally moderated assignments to complete the course. A 17 hour project and a 2 hour written paper. Pupils can achieve a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction Plus grade.
Music Technology Learning Schemes