MUSIC PRODUCTION

LEVEL: VOCATIONAL LEVEL 3 FOUNDATION DEGREE
EXAMINING BOARD: PEARSON
TYPE OF STUDY: FULL-TIME, SIXTH FORM STUDY PROGRAMME

This Foundation Diploma equates to 1.5 A Levels and can be studied alongside 2 A Levels or Extended Certificates in your selected Study Programme.

The Music Production course is a vibrant and creative course looking at every aspect of the use of technology to create, manipulate and capture music. Practical work includes writing, recording and producing music, sampling, sequencing and live sound. There is a dedicated suite of Apple Macs running Logic Studio and Pro Tools software and two purpose built, state of the art recording studios to help you achieve the highest possible standards in your work.

If you are considering a career in the music industry, teaching, or simply use music as a creative
outlet, Music Production is an essential course that will give you the necessary musical and technical skills to help you realise your musical potential. The technical aspects of recording, sequencing and synthesis are dealt with both theoretically and practically and you will develop your knowledge of music technology experientially.

The course works in partnership with the Vocational Popular Music course for recording, producing, and live sound for the College’s Pop and Rock bands.

On this course you will study the following topics:

  • Recording
  • Producing
  • Sampling
  • Synthesis
  • Composition
  • Film Music
  • Live Sound
  • Music Industry

We were encouraged to make full use of the technology and I found that I quickly came to terms with the software and hardware of recording and sequencing. This will be very useful to me in my future career in music recording engineering and production (via the prestigious Tonnmeister course).

Music Production Vocational Student
 
Glastonbury 2017

Backstage at The Glastonbury Festival

 

All music students on A Level or Vocational Music courses at Richard Huish College will receive a bursary off the cost of instrumental or vocal tuition.

For more information please click here.

Standard College entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including Maths and English Language or Literature. You also need musical ability and some experience using music software.

ASPEN MUSIC CENTRE

 

The Aspen Music Centre is officially opened in December 2018 with the help of pupils from St George’s Primary School

Aspen Music Centre has been purpose built to offer the best experience for students wanting to advance their musical skills.

The music suite and performance space has:

  • 2 recording studios with RedNet Technology
    Studio 1: Audient ASP 8024 HE Mixing Desk
    Studio 2: Allen and Heath ZED 16 Mixing Desk
  • Industry standard microphones, guitar amplifiers etc
  • 2 sound proof live rooms for recording
  • A Mac suite equipped with the latest Apple iMac computers running Logic X, Ableton, Sibelius 8
  • Editing/production suite with Allen and Heath QU24 Digital Mixing Desk
  • 2 large specialist music teaching classrooms
  • 5 purpose built practice rooms equipped with pianos for instrumental lessons and individual bookings
  • Secure instrument store cupboard and vast library of printed music
  • Instruments and sound equipment available to loan

Also on campus we have a number of well equipped practice rooms;

  • Red Room – Large practice room with stage, full PA and recording facilities, Drum Kit, Amps and Piano
  • Green Room – Piano, PA, Drum Kit, Amps
  • Blue Room – Drum Kit, PA Amps and Recording facilities.

Do I need to have GCSE Music?

No, but you do need an ability to play your instrument (or instruments) well, and have some experience with music technology.

What can I do with a Music Production Foundation Degree?

There is a record of excellent progression into higher education with the majority of students going on to study:

  • Creative Music Technology
  • Music Performance
  • Music Production
  • On the prestigious Tonmeister Course
  • Music Industry Management
  • Commercial Music
  • Music and Audio Technology