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the industry school for the creative arts and multimedia production

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.

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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.

 
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key stage 4
music performance

Specification: BTEC Firsts Music (2013)

Specification Link: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-firsts/music-2013-nqf.html

Year/Course Code: BTEC Music Level 1/2 First Award in Music Performance

Qualification number (QN): 600/6818/8

The BTEC Music Level 1/2 First Award in Music Performance allows students to explore their abilities as musicians through practical exploration and development of music industry knowledge throughout the duration of this course.

The aims of the BTEC First Award in Music is to: inspire and enthuse learners to consider a career in the Music sector, give learners the opportunity to gain broad knowledge and understanding of, and develop skills in the Music industry, e.g. the live sound industry, solo or group professional performance, or music promotion and publishing and give learners the potential opportunity, in the long run, to enter employment in a wide range of music industry related job roles.

By offering units that include 'Unit 2: Managing A Music Product', students have the opportunity to explore music practice through the creation and delivery of a live music event in which they are both the producers and performers. Music Performance allows students to become the musicians they strive to be.

Course Units and Description

Unit 1: The Music Industry (understand different types of organisations that make up the music industry and understand the job roles in the music industry)

Unit 2: Managing a Music Product (students plan, develop and deliver a music product, promote a music product and review the management process)

Unit 4: Introducing Music Composition (Students explore creative stimuli for industry clientele & develop knowledge of creating music mediums such as the Film and Pop music industry)

Unit 5: Introducing Music Performance ( Students will develop their music performance skills, review their own practice and use their music performance skills within rehearsal and performance.

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key stage 4
Music technology

Specification: BTEC Firsts Music (2013)

Specification Link: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-firsts/music-2013-nqf.html

Year/Course Code: BTEC Music Level 1/2 First Award in Music Technology

Qualification number (QN): 600/6818/8

Welcome to music technology at Elstree UTC. The BTEC Music Level 1/2 First Award in Music Technology allows students to develop a number of core skills including sequencing in Logic Pro X, and the practical application of microphones in a studio setting. The mandatory units explore the music industry, looking at the different job roles, organisations, whilst managing a music product allows you to plan and deliver a music concert.

The aims of the BTEC First Award in Music is to: inspire and enthuse learners to consider a career in the Music Sector & give learners the opportunity to gain broad knowledge and understanding of, and develop skills in the Music industry, e.g. the live sound industry, solo or group professional performance, or music promotion and publishing. Students can get behind the scenes as a production company for Unit 2: Managing a Music Product, and practically apply their learning to real live sound and recording situations.

Course Units and Description

Unit 1: The Music Industry (understand different types of organisations that make up the music industry and understand the job roles in the music industry)

Unit 2: Managing a Music Product (students plan, develop and deliver a music product, promote a music product and review the management process)

Unit 6: Introducing Music Recording (plan a recording session and use recording equipment safely to produce multi-track recordings)

Unit 7: Introducing Music Sequencing (explore music sequencing techniques and create tracks using Logic Pro X)

 
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key stage 5
music performance

RSL Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma for Music Practitioners

Course Link: https://www.rslawards.com/vocational/music-practitioners/

RSL Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma for Music Practitioners 601/7691/X

The RSL Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma for Music Practitioners provides a music industry qualification that will equipped learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding for entry to employment in the music industry or progression to further educational study at a higher level. The qualification aims to offer practical learning and exploration of musical practice through a series of subject specific units including Rehearsal Skills and Live Music Performance, Session Musician and Planning a Career in Music that allow students to develop their skills as a performing within the music industry.

"Rehearsal Skills and Live Music Performance (The learner will be able to: Plan the rehearsal of a live music performance, rehearse effectively for a live music performance and present a live music performance and provide an evaluation identifying strengths and areas requiring development.

Planning for a Career in Music (The purpose of this unit is to familiarise learners with the processes associated with effective career planning)

Auditioning for Music (This unit aims to develop the skills to participate effectively in the audition process. This will also present the learner with the opportunity to explore, analyse and develop their own audition techniques and experience through a combination of theory and practice, relevant to industry standards and expectations.) Session Musician (This unit aims to develop the learner’s ability to operate effectively as an instrumentalist/vocalist in a range of musical styles and contexts, whilst developing strategies to broaden musical horizons, increase flexibility and promote versatility.)

Music Artist and the Media (The aim of this unit is to evaluate the role and impact of the wider media on an artist/producer and their audience. The purpose of the unit is to develop the learners’ understanding of the interaction of the artist and the wider media.)

Composing for Film & Documentary (The aim of this unit is to develop the learner’s technical and creative knowledge and understanding as composers of music in the genres of film and documentary.)

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key stage 5
Music technology

BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Music Technology

Course Link: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-nationals/music-technology-2016.html

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sound Engineering (603/1233/6)

At Elstree UTC we have industry standard facilities to develop students practical skills in music technology. This includes a fully functional music studio and industry-standard microphones, mixing desks for live shows and the support of qualified alumni. This qualification enables learners to develop a core of knowledge around the music technology industry and the use of recording and technical equipment. It provides the breadth and practical application of music technology learning which will prepare learners for a number of job roles in the sector.

Learners with this qualification could progress to the following job roles:

• studio assistant

• assistant sound designer

• trainee sound engineer.

The 5 units you will study are:

Year 12

Unit 6: DAW Production (externally assessed in April) (Learners will develop an understanding of how a digital audio workstation (DAW) can be used

creatively to produce music, manipulate audio and mix music)

Unit 1: Live Sound (In this unit you will:

A Examine live sound technology, equipment and roles

B Carry out the set-up and soundcheck of a live sound system to meet the needs of

performers and audience

C Develop live recording and mixing techniques.)

Year 13

Unit 2: Studio Recording (In this unit you will:

A Explore the equipment and processes used for a multitrack studio recording

B Carry out music recording session planning to prepare for a multitrack recording

C Carry out music recording using techniques and processes for a multitrack

recording

D Review the processes used in the recording of the multitrack recordings.)

Unit 13: Mixing and Mastering Techniques (In this unit you will:

A Understand mixing and mastering software techniques

B Develop a mixdown of a multitrack project

C Carry out the production of a mastered stereo audio file.)

Unit 18: Working and Developing as a Production Team (In this unit you will:

A Understand the different roles and responsibilities involved in the music production

process

B Undertake a music production project

C Review the music production project.

 
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