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Music Production

Subject Mission Statement

Our aim is to provide a Music education where students experience music-making through collaboration with others and which gives students of all abilities the opportunity to succeed and take pride in a quality musical outcome. The Music curriculum is designed to support students to foster resilience, to become creative problem-solvers, to develop social skills and acquire musical literacy. Furthermore we aspire to engender a life-long appreciation of Music that resonates in many different areas of school life, contributes to the health and well-being of students and the school community as a whole, through the vehicle of a comprehensive extra-curricular and enrichment programme balanced within the context of an academic focussed curriculum.


The Music Production pathway combines A Level Music Technology with the Music Enrichment Programme centring on industry related work experience e.g. live sound engineering, studio placements and opportunities to gain additional UCAS points through RSL graded exams in Music Production.

The three areas of study are, Recording and Production Techniques for both Corrective and Creative Purposes, Principles of Sound and Audio Technology, and Development of Recording and Production Technology. During the course students will have the opportunity to capture, edit and produce a recording, use sound creation and manipulation techniques to create, edit and structure a composition, identify production on commercial recordings and correct and mix a recording. They will also study the principles of sound and of audio technology in relation to theoretical and practical contexts and develop their knowledge of current digital technologies, as well as those dating back to the mono, analogue recording technologies from the 1930s onwards.

KS5 Intent Statement

Build on analytical listening skills
established during Music lessons in previous Key Stages allowing students to
appreciate the complexity of sound in its finest detail. Inspire creativity
through the story of the development of Music Production and the innovations of
individual Producers working within the limitations of technology of their
time. Provide relevant practical scenarios to allow students to apply
problem-solving skills and discover creative solutions in preparation for
ongoing learning whether in higher education or the workplace of the future.
Enable students to assimilate a broad repertoire of skills and production
styles and instilling a confidence to be able to apply this knowledge to new
and unfamiliar contexts. Develop students’ critical thinking skills through an
understanding of the processes and analysis of artistic choices made in
commercial productions and the evaluation of the applications and limitations
of production technologies across different eras and providing balanced arguments
with a well-supported conclusion. Provide enhanced learning opportunities
through the Music Enrichment programme, visiting practitioners, work experience
opportunities and additional graded exam qualifications.

Qualification Details

Exam Board: Edexcel
Qualification Title: Music Production
Qualification Specification Code: 9MTO
Qualification Webpage: Click here to visit the Edexcel webpage for the specification.

Entry Requirements

Standard Sixth Form entry requirements

What will I study in this qualification?

The summary of components is as follows:

• Studio Production coursework

• Production-based creative Composition coursework

• Listening and analysing examination

• Producing and analysing examination

Possible Career Paths

Music Production is a growing industry in step with the ever-expanding entertainment and media sectors and the perpetual advent of new technology. The workplace of the future will need creative thinkers armed with the ability to push boundaries that technology opens. Careers range from: Music Producer; Recording Artist; Studio Recording Engineer; Live Sound Engineer, Audio Visual Specialist in Multimedia/ Television/Radio, Music Director/ Composer, Film/Media Music, Acoustics Engineer.

Who should I speak to if I need further information?

Mr Bannister

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