Music Technology

We have just amazing Music Technology facilities at the Vaughan

Sixth Form Pupil

Music Technology plays a significant role at all levels of music-making at Cardinal Vaughan and boys will work with music computers from the start of the First Form.

The School is very fortunate to have state-of-the-art recording and computer facilities and all pupils will use Music Technology as part of their curriculum. Also available in the Sixth Form is an A Level Course in Music Technology.


Music Technology is the study and performance of music through the use of computers and recording equipment. It prepares you for working in the Music Industry and focuses on music from the Popular tradition and Jazz. The work is largely practical and will focus on developing skills when working in music computer software (Logic 8 and Sibelius 6) alongside learning recording techniques using the Vaughan’s recording studio facilities.

What will I learn on this course?

You will complete three Areas of study. These are:

  • The Principles and Practice of Music Technology
  • Popular Music Styles since 1910
  • The Development of Technology-based Music

    Through these Areas of Study you will learn how to:

    • produce performances using sequencing software in a range of musical styles
    • develop the skills required to make high quality recordings of musical performances
    • learn how to compose and arrange using technology
    • develop your knowledge of the principles and development of music technology

    Anyone who has a keen interest in music technology, who enjoys creating and listening to different styles of popular music, and who wishes to extend their practical experience and understanding of music technology would be suited to this course. Pupils should be clear, however, that this is a demanding A Level, definitely not a ‘soft option’. It works well if taken alongside Music A Level but works equally well by itself. It is not necessary to play an instrument to take this course although basic keyboard skills are a definite advantage.

    The AS qualification consists of the following units:

    • Unit 1: Part (a) Portfolio of Technology 1 (70% of AS, 35% of A2)
    • Unit 2: Part (b) Listening and analysing (30% of AS, 15% of A2)

    The A 2 qualification consists of the following units:

    • Unit 3: Part (a) Portfolio of Technology 2 (30% of A2)
    • Unit 4: Part (b) Analysing and Producing (20% of A2)

    Pupils who have studied Music Technology have gone onto a wide variety of university courses and careers including working as recording engineers, producers, popular composers and arrangers and recording artists.

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