The A level in Music Technology equips students with a variety of transferable skills, including creative problem solving, practical ICT application, creative self-expression, project management and critical listening. These skills are essential for students wishing to access all higher education courses, not just Music Technology.
A level Music Technology falls under the STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) category of study. Students will learn how to program MIDI messages, calculate frequency changes and delay time, combat phase issues when using multiple microphones and analyse digital waveforms. Students have enjoyed much success when combining this subject with the likes of Computer Science, Electronics, Mathematics and Physics, however, students studying humanities subjects historically take Music Technology as a creative outlet.
Students wishing to study Music Technology in higher education have a wealth of opportunities available to them. They may wish to specialise in areas such as Music Production, Music Marketing, Sound Engineering, Recording and Mixing, Live Sound Application, Film/Television/Radio Production or Creative Sound Design. These courses can be studied at Universities such as The University of Huddersfield, The University of Surrey and the University of Salford to name a few, or they can be studied at specialist institutions such as Leeds Conservatoire, Futureworks, in Manchester, and Point Blank Music School in London. Several courses now offer a year in industry, or ‘sandwich year’, which is extremely valuable when establishing a career after university.
The highly regarded ‘Tonmeister Course’ at the University of Surrey requires students to have Grade 5 Music Theory, A level Mathematics and A level Physics.