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Music Technology

The music technology curriculum gives students the opportunity to create and manipulate sound to produce music, develop their knowledge and skills of sound production and editing, and explore areas such as live sound, sound recording, sequencing, mixing and mastering.

Students will also develop an understanding of the history of music technology and production, and develop their skills and knowledge to prepare for a wide range of careers in production and technical roles within the music industry.


What are they learning?

Year 7

In Year 7 music technology is taught within the music curriculum.

Year 9

Unit 1: Music Sequencing: Students learn how to use a Digital Audio Workstation to arrange and create music. Unit 2: Peformance and DJ Skills: Students create performances using DJ decks and Launchpads. Unit 3: Sound Recording: Students learn the basics of recording and produce a recording of a performance. Unit 4: Sound Editing: Students learn how to master edit the recordings produced in the previous unit. Unit 5: Film Music: Students use a range of music technology and recording equipment to create a soundtrack for a Film Clip.

Potential Careers relating to your subject

Audio and Lighting Technician / Sound Engineer / Music Producer / Director of Audio/Visual Events / Audio Visual Specialist / Studio Engineer / Studio Manager / Music Teacher / Music Therapy / Audio and Lighting Technician / Music Center Owner and Entrepreneur / Audio Engineer / Music Management

Year 8

In Year 8 music technology is taught within the music curriculum.


Students study music through the three areas of performing, composing, listening and appraising. Students continue to create connections between the three areas of study, through the study of 8 set works. Performing: Students continue to develop their personal performing skills with half termly performances in class. Students are also encouraged to perform in student recitals and concerts to further build their confidence through this experience. Composing: In Year 10 students work on their first piece of composition coursework. This is a free composition and can be created in any style of their choice for any combination of instruments and or voices. Students continually develop and refine their work, producing their final recording and score at the end of Year 10. In Year 11 students compose their second piece in response to a brief set by the exam board. Final recordings and scores are submitted by Easter of Year 11. Listening and Appraising: Students develop their listening and appraising skills through the study of music across different styles and genres. They analyse 8 set works: Star Wars theme from A New Hope, Defying Gravity from Wicked, Purcell's 'Music for a While', Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No 5 Movement 3, 'Release', by Afro-Celt sound system, Beethoven's Pathetique Piano sonata movement 1, Samba Em Preludio by Esperanza Spalding and Killer Queen by Queen. Through the study of these pieces students develop their knowledge and understanding of musical elements, musical contexts and musical language. They make critical judgements about the repertoire and context of musical through the different areas of study.

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It's amazing the way you 

can apply technology to 

an art form. 


Geoff Downes,

Keyboardist in Yes