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Music Technology

NCFE Level 1, 2 & 3 Certificates in Music Technology

Music Technology Level 1, 2 & 3 offers students the opportunity to develop:

  • Skills in music production using technology and the recording process

  • Technical skills using music technology including multitrack mixing and mastering skills

  • Skills in performance using music technology

  • Sound design

  • Knowledge of digital distribution on your music.

 

There is no requirement to have studied Music Technology prior to starting the course

 

Students can use a variety of music software programs to create, produce and edit their own music.  These include Logic Pro X, Universal Audio Luna, Native Instruments Maschine and Audacity.

Project Logic Pro

Project Logic Pro

Project Native Instrument Maschine

Project Native Instruments Maschine

Project Audacity

Project Audacity

The course embeds functional skills in Maths, English and ICT through:

  • Developing and updating an online portfolio for coursework

  • Research and discussion on different music genres and their origins

  • Research classic techniques for creating music through technology

  • Working with sequencer and song structure lengths

  • Ratios and frequencies on audio effects units

 

The qualification for Level 1 requires students to complete 1 mandatory unit for 3 unit choices.  These are;

  • Unit 01 Assist with recording studio operations

  • Unit 02 Use multi-track loop sequencing software

  • Unit 03 DJ Skills

and 3 optional units chosen from                                                                                   

  • Unit 04 MC skills

  • Unit 05 Sound effects in music production

  • Unit 06 Sound and music technology

  • Unit 07 Audio effects processors in music production

  • Unit 08 Live sound mixing skills 

  • Unit 09 Multi-track mixing skills

  • Unit 10 Microphones in music production

  • Unit 11 Use audio editing software

  • Unit 12 Public address systems

  • Unit 13 Multi-track audio recording

  • Unit 14 Location recording

The qualification for Level 2 requires students to complete 2 mandatory units. These are;

  • Unit 01 Set up and operate audio/MIDI sequencing software

  • Unit 02 Create music using audio/MIDI sequencing software

and 2 optional units chosen from;

  • Unit 03 Multi-track audio recording

  • Unit 04 Use multi-track sound mixing techniques

  • Unit 05 Using DJ Skills

  • Unit 06 Dance Music Production

  • Unit 07 Audio editing

  • Unit 08 Sound and music production

  • Unit 09 Sound effects techniques for music production

  • Unit 10 Microphone use in music production

  • Unit 11 Location recording

Level 1 and 2 Music Technology is entirely coursework based, with no exams, making it an ideal choice for young people that suffer from anxiety. The qualification is marked as a Pass or fail it is then internally quality assured by our team, and externally quality assured by NCFE.

Progress is evidenced in an online portfolio, which includes text, pictures, video, and audio.

Young people are introduced through taster sessions to the production software that we offer at LAMP.  These initial taster sessions mean that students can have access to the software and can chose which one they are more comfortable using to complete the course.  

Level 2 extended diploma

LAMP also offers the NCFE Level 2 Extended Certificate in Music Technology. This course allows for the same skill development but requires more units to be completed to achieve it.  Students need to complete 2 mandatory units and 4 optional units.

 

The qualification for Level 3 requires students to complete 6 mandatory units over a period of 2 years.  These are;

  • Unit 01 Using a digital audio workstation

  • Unit 02 Creating music

  • Unit 03 Multitrack audio recording mixing and mastering

  • Unit 04 Sound creation

  • Unit 05 Live sound performance technology

  • Unit 06 Digital music business

 

Level 1 and 2 Music Technology is entirely coursework based, with no exams, making it an ideal choice for young people that suffer from anxiety. The qualification is marked as a Pass or fail it is then internally quality assured by our team, and externally quality assured by NCFE.

Level 3 requires internal and external written and practical tests which contribute to your final grade.

Progress is evidenced in an online portfolio, which includes text, pictures, video, and audio.

Young people are introduced through taster sessions to the production software that we offer at LAMP.  These initial taster sessions mean that students can have access to the software and can chose which one they are more comfortable using to complete the course.  

Studio Equipment and Hardware

The studio combines the latest in digital recording alongside traditional analogue recording techniques.  Students enjoy learning about the traditions of recording music and sound so we still keep a reel-to-reel tape recorder in service.

Using a software system there are numerous ways to record your music and express your creativity.  We have keyboards where you can play your musical parts into the software.  We also have drum machines where you can play your drum and percussion sequences in real time, giving you the ‘live’ performance feel.  If you don’t play the keyboard that is still ok as you can still programme the notes into the software to play as you wish.  You can also edit audio and MIDI loops.   

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Simon Lewis

Music Technology

Course Leader

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