Why study BTEC in Music Technology?

The BTEC in Music Technology is an exciting, industry specific course that is highly regarded by universities, conservatoires and apprenticeship providers such as the BBC; focusing on the skills needed for progression into a professional career in music. The BTEC especially supports those studying A-level Music. This course is equivalent to one A-level.

Specifics

  • Course specific entry requirements

    Grade 4 from GCSE Music. Ability to play and read music at Grade 4

  • Assessment methods

    Internal assessment and one externally assessed timed production project (15 hrs)

  • Course duration

    2 years

  • Course type

    BTEC Advanced

  • Exam board

    Pearson

Course content summary:

  • Music and Sound for Media
  • DAW Production
  • Creative Synthesis and Sampling
  • Remixing and Reworking
  • Mixing and Mastering Techniques

BTEC Music Modules and Descriptions

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.

In this unit, you will explore a range of music and sound creation scenarios that might exist in a typical portfolio for someone working in the music industry.

You will create and produce music for games, films and apps, as well as create original sounds, noises and effects to support interactivity and action.

DAW Production

Learners will develop an understanding of how a digital audio workstation (DAW) can be used creatively to produce music, manipulate audio and mix music.

In this unit, you will explore how the features of a DAW can be used to create and develop your own music. You will understand some of the background principals of how a DAW works, along with the associated specialist and technical terms.

Creative Synthesis and Sampling

Learners will explore the creative functions of synthesisers and samplers in making music and sound design.

In this unit, you will learn how to use synthesisers and samplers along with the language used to describe sound. From physical experiments on strings and pipes, through to analogue and digital electronics, you will look at how sound can be created, changed, bent and manufactured into anything a creative musician could hope for.

Remixing and Reworking

Learners explore and carry out the skills required to create effective remixes and reworks of existing musical material.

In this unit, you will experiment with unique, creative digital audio workstation (DAW) – based techniques associated with remixing.

The skills learned will enable you to manipulate music in highly technical and innovative ways, and you will create a portfolio of contrasting remixes and reworks using a wide range of creative audio and musical instrument digital interface (MIDI) sequencing techniques.

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.

In this unit, you will gain experience in recording audio, mixing down and mastering multitrack digital audio workstation (DAW) projects. You will also realise a sonic vision for a DAW project to achieve a desired sound. These skills are an essential element of all aspects of the music and sound industry. They can open the door to many career paths, including mix engineer for music, mastering engineer, audio post-production for film and television, and elements of radio broadcast.

BTEC Music Modules and Descriptions

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.

In this unit, you will explore a range of music and sound creation scenarios that might exist in a typical portfolio for someone working in the music industry.

You will create and produce music for games, films and apps, as well as create original sounds, noises and effects to support interactivity and action.

DAW Production

Learners will develop an understanding of how a digital audio workstation (DAW) can be used creatively to produce music, manipulate audio and mix music.

In this unit, you will explore how the features of a DAW can be used to create and develop your own music. You will understand some of the background principals of how a DAW works, along with the associated specialist and technical terms.

Creative Synthesis and Sampling

Learners will explore the creative functions of synthesisers and samplers in making music and sound design.

In this unit, you will learn how to use synthesisers and samplers along with the language used to describe sound. From physical experiments on strings and pipes, through to analogue and digital electronics, you will look at how sound can be created, changed, bent and manufactured into anything a creative musician could hope for.

Remixing and Reworking

Learners explore and carry out the skills required to create effective remixes and reworks of existing musical material.

In this unit, you will experiment with unique, creative digital audio workstation (DAW) – based techniques associated with remixing.

The skills learned will enable you to manipulate music in highly technical and innovative ways, and you will create a portfolio of contrasting remixes and reworks using a wide range of creative audio and musical instrument digital interface (MIDI) sequencing techniques.

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.

In this unit, you will gain experience in recording audio, mixing down and mastering multitrack digital audio workstation (DAW) projects. You will also realise a sonic vision for a DAW project to achieve a desired sound. These skills are an essential element of all aspects of the music and sound industry. They can open the door to many career paths, including mix engineer for music, mastering engineer, audio post-production for film and television, and elements of radio broadcast.