S2 Course Choice Information on available courses in S3 and current pupil recommentations.
Music Performance In Music Performance you can choose to focus on 2 instruments available in class; Keyboard, Tuned Percussion, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Drum Kit, Voice. If you study any instruments outside of class such as strings, brass or percussion you can also study these as part of your musical studies.
As well as learning to play an instrument, you will also develop your musical understanding through listening and analysing music from different time periods & styles. Where possible a combined approach, mixing practical performance with listening concepts, will be taken in order to develop a deeper understanding of how concepts are present and used within music.
Music Technology/Sound Production Within Music Technology, you will develop skills required for working in a studio environment. You will learn about and use specialised equipment such as; Microphones, Interfaces, DI boxes, Cables, Sound desk. Once you have broadened your understanding and awareness of the studio environment, you will use your skills to record and edit SFX/band multitrack recordings/dialogue using industry standard Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) ProTools.
Using the audio you have recorded in the studio you will edit and add specific effects and processes using ProTools, the dedicated DAW. You will then use these skills to create Foley Projects, Audio Books & Radio Broadcasts. Developing these skills will allow you to progress onto N5 Music Technology and create projects such as the following audio book.
Creative Industries Within Creative industries you will learn about the different disciplines within the production sector such as; Sound - Studio & Live Lighting Production planning
The course focuses on developing your understanding of the industry and the skills required to progress in each discipline. A lot of the skill building aspects are carried out in groups however independent study is required to collate evidence for the mandatory units. You will also get the opportunity to work on whole school events with other departments and build your leadership skills further. Recent trips to the RCS have also allowed pupils to experience production in a further education setting as well as meet and speak to former pupils on the courses.
Here are some examples from S3 Music Technology Ghost Tour Event & Logbook