Music Technology

Course Outline

The S3 course allows pupils to develop a variety of transferable skills through the medium of audio production.

If you choose S3 Music Technology, the three elements you will study are – Developing and Understanding 20th & 21st Century Music, Developing Music Technology Skills and Music Technology Contexts.

Developing and Understanding 20th & 21st Century Music
In this area, learners develop an understanding of 20th & 21st styles and genre.  Learners will also learn a number of Music and Music Technology related concepts and will learn how to embed them into their projects.

Developing Music Technology Skills
Students will learn a variety of mixing programs that will allows learners to record and manipulate audio. In addition, pupils will learn the craft of microphone placement and how various microphones are used. Learners will also have the opportunity work in a modern recording studio that is located within the music department.

Music Technology in Context
Learners will be given the opportunity to utilise the skills learned in class and develop a project of their choosing.  Possible contexts may be in the form of a radio broadcast, audiobook, multi-track recording and computer game/film Foley (sound replacement).


All tasks are completed in class with the support of the teacher.

There are small end of unit tests to complete throughout the course.

Entry Requirements

Studying Music Technology requires a great deal of motivation, self-discipline and commitment from young people.  Regular practice in the recording studio is encouraged to help pupils gain experience in this area.


Music Technology is recognised by a large number of employers as a valuable qualification for job entry because of the I.T. skills developed throughout the course so is a useful subject for young people to choose.

For further information please contact – Mr P. A. Rosie, Faculty Head of Performing Arts