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music performance
& Technology


Music at Elstree is a creative hub of performance talent and technological skill.

Studying both music technology and music performance allows for a wide range of employment opportunities and career paths; from mastering engineer to session musician. The focus is on practical skill, industry knowledge, and creativity. You will perform as a soloist or as an ensemble in many College events or support the crew in taking on the role of sound engineer at the mixing desk.

With our state of the art recording studio and tech resources, you have the opportunity to create industry standard records and develop skills in both live sound and recording.

what is
music performance & technology?

Studying music allows you to delve into a stimulating world of creativity, whilst psychologically making you a happier, healthier human. Musicians will develop technique, expression and self-discipline, and will learn how to work with others in an ensemble. Music technology is a challenging course (especially at KS5) that requires analytical thinking and a musical ear. You will develop skills in live sound, mixing and mastering, DAW production, studio recording and sound design.


key stage 4

At KS4, students study the organisations and job roles in the music industry and develop the skills to manage their own music product. They have the opportunity to explore music performance and music technology.

BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Music

Core Units
Unit 1: The Music Industry
Unit 2: Managing a Music Product

Optional Units
Unit 4: Introducing Music Composition
Unit 5: Introducing Music Performance
Unit 6: Introducing Music Recording
Unit 7: Introducing Music Sequencing


key stage 5

Music Technology and Music Performance are offered at KS5. Both routes are BTEC Level 3 qualifications that run over two years.


Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificates in Sound Engineering


Digital Music Production Pearson BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Music (Performance)

Music Performance:
There are 6 units (2 mandatory). Units will cover solo performance technique, stylistic interpretation, working as a musical ensemble, composition, and the cultural role of music.

Music Technology:
There are 5 units (2 mandatory and 1 external). Units will depend on interest in sound engineering or digital music production but could cover DAW production, live sound, mixing and mastering, and sound design.