Studying music technology allows you to express yourself through music while developing your knowledge of music and technology. You will develop a broad understanding of the music industry and the skills it requires, such as planning and organising, creative thinking, research, critical thinking and decision making, as well as working both collaboratively and independently.
This course is especially suitable if you have broad musical interests, and are particularly interested in music technology and 20th and 21st century music. This course also provides pathways to higher levels of study.
The skills that you develop in Music Technology are useful in careers such as musician, DJ, sound technician, roadie and musical instrument technologist.
To see what career areas this subject could lead to and the routes to get there, download and view these career pathways:
Entry is at the discretion of the school/college but you would normally be expected to have gained:
The course consists of two areas of study.
Sound recording and the creative industries
Music technology skills
The course assessment has two components totalling 135 marks (130 marks for the 2022-23 session):
The research project allows you to apply the project management and research skills you have acquired from the course in a music technology context of your choice.
The production project allows you to apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired from the course in a practical context. You plan, implement, and evaluate a large-scale creative production using music technology.
The components will be set and externally marked by SQA.
The grade awarded is based on the total marks achieved across course assessment.
The course assessment is graded A-D.
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