BTEC Music Technology - Extended Diploma
If you are interested in music production, studio technology, sound engineering and music performance then this course is for you. You will gain a wide range of practical skills, creative skills and technical knowledge to help you take the next step into the music industry or a place at university.
You will study a range of related subject areas designed to develop the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the music industry. These include music listening skills, music software, composing and performance using music technology, studio recording, synthesis, sampling, acoustics, live sound engineering, sound design for film and TV, music video production and graphic design.
The course group runs the record label ‘StrodeTech’, which allows you to develop real world projects such as creating and marketing your own musical product, organising promotional events and establishing an online presence. You will also organise a launch party which will be covered by local radio, local press and be attended by people in the music industry. This is a real opportunity to showcase your music performance, composition and production skills.
Music Technology students gain links and insights into the industry through visits, trips and ‘production’ workshops. These include, The BPM Show at the NEC, The Music Production Show in London, Bristol - Chemical Record and O2 Academy (live sound focus), Bath - Real World Studios and Bath Spa University.
Each year, Strode Music Technology students release a compilation album showcasing their work.
'Sound on Sound vol. 2' launch party highlights:
Practical assignments will be accompanied by written work or presentations to establish understanding of the process involved. Here are a few examples of the assignments you will be asked to complete:
- Remix a track using Logic Pro software
- Organise a launch party for a music product release
- Explain sound equipment for music venues
- Build a sampled drum kit in music software
- Compose a sound track for a computer game
- Perform your composition using technology
- Write about the history of popular music
- Create an audio portfolio to showcase your work
It is important to consider what this course has to offer and whether it fits in with your plans as a musician, sound engineer or music producer. You will need to work hard to gain the skills you need to be successful and to get the results you are capable of. Here are some of the important things that you will gain from this course.
- Employability skills such as time management and independent working
- Listening skills to develop your ear
- Production techniques to make your better music
- Technical skills in the studio and live environments
- Musical skills through regular music performance sessions
- The ability to move forward into employment or higher education
Many of our students go on to study at degree level. Here are some of the universities they go to; Bath Spa University, Glamorgan University, ACM London, BIM, University of Westminster, UWE Bristol, University of Hertfordshire and LIPA. Some students have gained work experience in the industry and continue to work on their own music production.
Keep up with the projects on the Music Tech Blog