Music Technology

The Music Technology course is run as much like the music industry as possible. You will learn by doing the skills rather than writing about them and will have access to state of the art technology. All staff currently work within the music industry and bring their knowledge and experience to you to enrich your learning. The course is both challenging and enjoyable and offers you a chance to develop professional skills that will allow you to be competitive within a career in the music industry.

What will I do?

You will focus on live entertainment, recording, and management skills. The live entertainment skills include PA science and setup; lighting science and design in a professional venue and visual projection design, including film editing, animation and 3D mapping.

The recording skills involve studio design and equipment specifications and operation, microphone techniques, production and mastering techniques, and working with an artist to achieve a quality recording.

The management skills involve the organisation and operation of the in-house record label and production company. Each student takes it in turns to act as the CEO and talent scouts for the label. They oversee the recruitment of bands, the organisation of their recordings and performances, the marketing of product and performances, and the organisation of photo shoots and music videos.

Previous students have been give a unique opportunity to manage a stage at the prestigious Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts!

What can I do next?

A Music Technology qualification prepares you for a career as a recording engineer, producer, event manager, studio manager, lighting operator, projectionist, rigger, music marketer, promoter, sound designer, acoustician, or any career within radio or a record label. Some of these jobs will require a university degree of which this course prepares you to do.

Is it for me?

This course is suitable for people who do not give up, are passionate about music and fascinated by the process in which it is made, are enthusiastic about spending the majority of their time in pursuit of this career regardless of time of day or amount of work required, are unable to imagine a career other than in music, and are interested in a wide variety of music genres.

Industry stats

By 2017 it is predicted that there will be a demand for 33,000 more employees just in the UK live entertainment sector alone.

Typical careers

  • Record Producer £17,000 to £650,000+ per year
  • Live Sound Engineer £39,000 to £78,000+ per year
  • Talent Scout £18,000 to £114,000+ per year

Staff profile

“Working in the music industry is so exciting and rewarding! Whether it is providing entertainment for people or creating works of art, it makes you feel like you have made a difference and accomplished something great. The most important thing you can do for a career is to boldly and determinedly follow your dreams. Never give up! This will make for a happy life.” – Andy Guy, Lecturer in Music & Music Technology

Andy Guy

Lecturer, Music & Music Technology Level 3

Music and self-expression are extremely important for life and I push myself to reach the highest of dreams and goals. I don’t just teach, I do it. Writing, recording, performing and producing. My aim is to encourage young people to never give up on their dreams and to show them how to reach those goals, and to gain confidence in themselves.

Joe Stocking

Course Director, Music & Music Technology Level 3

I have studied music since an early age, working through specific instrumental grades, a degree, PGCE and MA in Teaching and Learning. Having undertaken numerous studio, performance, pit and live sound jobs throughout my career, as well as being versatile on numerous instruments, I believe I have the skills to inspire and motivate my learners to become the best they can be both musically and as individuals.

Live Sound Set-up