Music Technology focuses on recording techniques together with creative arranging and composing, making use of computer software. You should have a strong interest in 20th-century popular music and an aptitude for both music and IT. Some experience with sequencing software and recording technology is highly desirable. It is useful to have a GCSE or BTEC Music or IT qualification, but neither of these is essential. An appreciation of traditional music theory is also desirable, though also not essential as students without experience will have a crash course. Music Technology involves a large volume of practical coursework, encouraging you to cultivate many skills. You’ll have opportunities to sequence MIDI and audio, record live instruments, and produce CDs.
To study Music Technology at Bilborough, you need a minimum grade C/4 or above in English GCSE, and if you have taken Music or ICT at GCSE, a minimum grade C/4 in that subject. Experience of music theory and modern music technology software on Mac or PC would be advantageous as would be the ability to play a musical instrument
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Some students opt to take both Music and Music Technology. This is a sensible choice if you are musically very able and intend to continue studying music in higher education. It is always good to consult the specific entry requirements of individual universities first. Our A-level in Music Technology can lead to further study in Music, Music Technology or Performing Arts at Higher National or degree level. It may help you on your way to a career in the music industry or to a technology-orientated career.