The BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in
Digital Music Production will teach the technology of computer music including; sequencing, audio manipulation, MIDI composition, mixing and mastering techniques and re-mixing.
The BTEC is open to students who are
less familiar with reading sheet music but admission is nevertheless by audition or portfolio submission only, since the subject still requires a strong sense of musicality.
Key indicators for eligibility are likely to be:
- A portfolio of compositions made in
a DAW (Cubase, ProTools, Logic, FL or Garage Band);
- Grade 3 or above equivalent on
- Being able to read traditional sheet music
to some extent e.g. treble or bass clef.
Auditioning for the course is an informal
process and involves a short quiz and practical task guided by a music technology teacher. Audio or video evidence of performing on
an instrument or past compositions are good ways to effectively demonstrate your suitability for the course. This process will happen as part of Wyke Start.
The course will contain the following units:
- Music Technology in Context
Learners analyse the development of technology, evaluating its impact on the practice of creating and producing music.
- Studio Recording Techniques
Learners will cover the processes, equipment and practical skills required to produce multitrack recordings in a music studio environment.
- Mixing and Mastering Techniques
This unit aims to give learners the skills to mix and master a digital audio workstation (DAW) project to a professional standard.
Learners will develop an understanding of how a digital audio workstation (DAW) can be used creatively to produce music, manipulate audio and mix music.
- Music and Sound for Media
Learners will explore the production of the music, sound and effects that are used for media products such as games, films and apps.
The BTEC is open to students who are less familiar with reading sheet music but admission is nevertheless by audition only, since the subject still requires a strong sense of musicality. Key indicators for eligibility are likely to be:
- Grade 3 or above equivalent on an instrument;
- being able to read traditional sheet music to some extent – e.g. treble or bass clef; and
- a portfolio of compositions.
Auditions are informal and involve a short interview with a music teacher. Performing on an instrument or presenting past compositions are both good ways to effectively demonstrate musicality.