What is it?
A creative, exciting and inspiring programme that develops a wide range of production skills including: recording and mixing techniques, composing using technology; synthesis and sampling.
Why study this subject at Blackpool Sixth?
As a student you will have access to industry standard studio facilities to complete coursework and build a portfolio of recordings, arrangements and compositions. You will also have the opportunity to sound engineer live events.
What skills will I develop?
- Industry standard production skills through coursework and employer engagement
- Project management
- Managing entire projects to include musicians, studio time, equipment, mixdown time, showcasing.
- Communication and listening skills through recruiting and working with recording artists as part of coursework and employer projects
- Live sound engineering
- Installation and operation of PA systems for external events held in Blackpool and Fylde Coast venues
How will I be taught?
- Hands on, practical sessions
- Learning by doing is one of the most effective methods to help link theory and practice together
- Learning and working as part of a team
- Learning from each other can help develop vital employability skills, including communication, listening and confidence
- Developing student and employer relationships quickly can really help to gain the most from those you’ll be working with
- Independent learning
- Running your own projects will help to develop time management and high level thinking skills whilst also giving you ownership of work.
- Learning through research
- Gaining knowledge and expertise from current producers and industry professionals enables you to adapt your practice and embed new skills and ideas.
- Learning in the music industry
- Producing music for live and studio based events for local employers will give you crucial skills to support you in employment
How will I be assessed?
This is a linear course, which means all assessments take place at the end of year 2:
Coursework – 40%
Examination – 60%
The Music Technology course leader Ash Goodinson is also a freelance musician and producer working in the industry, performing and producing music for events and venues. His relevant and recent experience enables students to learn current working practices, whilst also gaining links to employers and employment opportunities through a wide range of contacts.
Field trips, projects and employability opportunities
- Work for the college Music Agency and Record Label
- Students will be able to take part in the college annual European Music Tour
- Work for employers and gig venues around Blackpool and the Fylde Coast
Where does it lead?
- Typical career destinations include music producer, sound engineer, studio manager, project and events management, composer / songwriter and teaching
- Most students will go to university to studio a music production degree to continue developing their skills, knowledge and portfolio
Good quality headphones (ideally not earphones) – information will be provided at enrolment.
Any prior experience of using production software will help students become familiar with recording features, edit screens and plugins. Applications including Cubase, Logic Pro, FL Studio to name a few offer free or trail versions of their software for users to experience, many of which are available for PC, MAC and tablets.
What will I study?
Component 1 – Recording
Whilst working in studio environment, you will develop your knowledge and understanding of production tools
and techniques to capture, edit, process and mix audio recordings.
To support your knowledge and practical experience, you will also work in a live scenario to gain further experience using these transferable practical skills.
Component 2 – Composition
Using a variety of software platforms you will be creating, editing, manipulating and structuring sounds to produce a variety of technology-based compositions.
Component 3 – Listening and Analysing
Developing your knowledge and understanding of recording and production knowledge used from the 1940s to present day.
Recording and production techniques for both corrective and creative purposes
Component 4 – Producing and Analysing
Developing your knowledge and understanding of editing, mixing and production techniques.
Applying the production skills learnt for both corrective and creative purposes in exam conditions.