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Music Technology

Who is the course for?
Are you interested in acoustics, live and recorded sound and programming/mastering? If so this is the course for you.

Entry requirements?
You must be aged 16 or over for Level 2-3 courses. Access to Music requires no previous qualifications, although some of our partner colleges may. You will need to have the right skills for the level you are applying for and the drive and motivation to complete the course. You will also be invited to attend an interview/audition.

What is the course about?
You'll be getting to grips with how sound works and can be recorded. You will learn about live sound applications from small gigs to large venues. You’ll be using computers to programme and manipulate audio and undertake post production and mastering.

What will I do on the course?

  • You will gain the skills to be able to use digital audio workstations. Access to Music centres have iMac-equipped technology suites.
  • You will learn how to use powerful audio and sequencing software such as Reason and Logic.
  • You will work on projects in recording studios and live venues.
  • You will gain an understanding of how to work effectively in the music industry and will gain access to lots of opportunities through Atom Music.
  • Finally, some of what you do will depend on the level of the course you end up on. Level 2 courses are about gaining core music skills, while Level 3 courses prepare you for work in the industry or higher education.

How is it delivered?
You will work on projects which lead to positive, practical outcomes. Delivery is centred on music-making sessions in tech suites, studios and venues. You will also have full-group sessions covering contextual content.

What qualification will I get?
Access to Music designs its own qualifications in partnership with awarding body, Rockschool. Courses at Levels 2-3 lead to a Rockschool Diploma for Music Practitioners. Diplomas for one year courses generate 64 ten-hour credits. Diplomas for two year courses generate 128 ten-hour credits and from this you may progress to a degree-level course. You will also gain a Functional Skills qualification in English and Maths if you have not already achieved this.

Where is it delivered?

Please note that courses are subject to cancellation if there is insufficient recruitment. In such cases applicants will be offered an alternative course where possible.

Where next?
The level 2 course leads directly onto the level 3 course. After the level 3 course you can either go into the industry or carry on studying.


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