The Music Technology Department generates and fosters creativity in students using the latest recording and computer technology.
With six AV links allowing the recording of our best pianos direct to the studios and all concerts in the School being captured direct to the two automated systems, music technology touches on many areas of music making.
The course covers all aspects of creative studio work including stereo ambient recording, multi-track recording, electro-acoustic music, arranging, studio engineering, producing and composing for film. Students have access to cutting edge technology and are equipped with essential knowledge for future work in the studio-music environment.
The subject is taught at AS and A Level following the Edexcel syllabus and students are encouraged to work well beyond the briefs and limits set by the board. Special courses involving the use of technology are taught lower down the School, and all students have access to the computer rooms throughout the day for their individual work.
Composition for film is a growing feature of the department’s work. Performances of new music for silent film, composed and conducted by students, are a regular feature in the concerts diary. It is the School’s two annual Sound Image Movement concerts, however, which enable students to use technology most creatively and across multiple genres. These concerts, and the facilities of the department, were the main outlet for the work of several notable alumni, including Jacob Collier and Mica Levi, as well as many other students who have gone on to study on electronic music courses at the Guildhall and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music. Many alumni are working as producers, film composers, and sound engineers in the industry.