#1
I'm starting a Music Technology (BTEC National Diploma) course at college in September, and I don't have any prior qualifications (haven't sat any guitar grades yet). Can anyone tell me something/anything that I might need to know?
(I have contacted the college, but they won't forward me or give me any contact info for any member of staff from the Music Dept. to ask them about this)
Thanks
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#2
You strum on the strings, the long thing is a neck, and that hole is for cables.
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#4
Im doing this course as we speak, broke up the other week.
They teach you a hell of a lot. If you are using computers alot, they will pretty much teach you how to use it for the whole of your first year, the second year will be more independant.
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ull mostly b usin sebailous n reason n things of tht sort n recordin etc

i wudnt worry theyll show u hw 2 do everything anyway
#6
You need to know some theory and how to read music.

It helps to know something about recording, mic setup, sequencing, production, but it all comes down to common sense and ability to listen in the end.
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#7
You don't actually need to know how to even play an instrument to do the course.

It's mainly computers, I'd be doing it in september too, but for the uni course I want I have to opt for sixth form instead
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You need some basic understanding of theory and keyboard skills. Can you read music?



you dont know what music technology is, do you?


No prior knowledge is required. Background in recording and understanding music is helpful but not mandatory. Not exactly a booming industry...most of my friends who did it had to do other degrees to get jobs, but it will be great fun. I just learned online..everything is available online and though self tuition and you could afford a nice studio for the same price.
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ull mostly b usin sebailous n reason n things of tht sort n recordin etc

i wudnt worry theyll show u hw 2 do everything anyway


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you dont know what music technology is, do you?


No prior knowledge is required. Background in recording and understanding music is helpful but not mandatory. Not exactly a booming industry...most of my friends who did it had to do other degrees to get jobs, but it will be great fun. I just learned online..everything is available online and though self tuition and you could afford a nice studio for the same price.


Yes I do, I'm taking that course. Those were the exact pre-requisites that I was told I needed when I signed up, and having done it I can see why.
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you dont know what music technology is, do you?


No prior knowledge is required. Background in recording and understanding music is helpful but not mandatory. Not exactly a booming industry...most of my friends who did it had to do other degrees to get jobs, but it will be great fun. I just learned online..everything is available online and though self tuition and you could afford a nice studio for the same price.

Knowing music theory and having keyboard skills is very useful in music technology. You'll actually know things from a musicians point of view and an engineers point of view and the extra skills will help you get a job. That early on in education it'll be more than just recording. I just finished the exact course TS is on about and there is a lot of songwriting to be done, along with a bit of studio work, DJing and learning about the industry.
#13
I did it at a level but some basic theory will help you, juts learn about note values, what each note means in the treble and bass clefs and about tie's and slurs and you should be okay.
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Yes I do, I'm taking that course. Those were the exact pre-requisites that I was told I needed when I signed up, and having done it I can see why.



I cant see any situation you would need to know anything apart from basic time signatures and counting, or maybe some sort of pitch knowledge if you were working with autotune.
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You strum on the strings, the long thing is a neck, and that hole is for cables.




I've just applied for this course, if you look at what's on the syllabus you can see that most of it is just working on recording, midi patches, computers etc. So you wont need a lot of background knowledge for it. Though i'm sure it wouldn't hurt.

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I did it at a level but some basic theory will help you, juts learn about note values, what each note means in the treble and bass clefs and about tie's and slurs and you should be okay.


I need to go learn my bass and treble clefs then. Yikes.
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you dont know what music technology is, do you?


No prior knowledge is required. Background in recording and understanding music is helpful but not mandatory. Not exactly a booming industry...most of my friends who did it had to do other degrees to get jobs, but it will be great fun. I just learned online..everything is available online and though self tuition and you could afford a nice studio for the same price.

I took A-level music tech. I was the only student in the class who could read music. The class results were U-U-U-U-E-E-B. Guess who got the B.

There are whole exams on theory and listening on music tech courses.
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I cant see any situation you would need to know anything apart from basic time signatures and counting, or maybe some sort of pitch knowledge if you were working with autotune.


Done the course? Have any idea what you're talking about?

You have to do a sequencing task at some stage that requires you to read a score and play it in on a keyboard. Difficult to do without reading music. And in arrangements etc you're going to need more knowledge of theory that just knowing what a time signature is.

I'm not saying you need to be Mozart, but having done the course I'm actually trying to be helpful and answer the thread-starters question.

Do yourself a favour and stay away from topics you know nothing about.
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I've just applied for this course, if you look at what's on the syllabus you can see that most of it is just working on recording, midi patches, computers etc. So you wont need a lot of background knowledge for it. Though i'm sure it wouldn't hurt.


I need to go learn my bass and treble clefs then. Yikes.


I found the easiest was to remember them was with the old acrostic poem thing.
treble: every good boy deserves football for the lines and face for the gaps and for
bass: gay boys deserve fat ass for the lines and aceg for the gaps, unless you where being sarcastic.
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I found the easiest was to remember them was with the old acrostic poem thing.
treble: every good boy deserves football for the lines and face for the gaps and for
bass: gay boys deserve fat ass for the lines and aceg for the gaps, unless you where being sarcastic.

Treble- Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge, FACE
Bass- Good Boys Deserve Fudge Always, All Cows Eat Grass

My old music teacher had a thing for "good boys."


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Done the course? Have any idea what you're talking about?

You have to do a sequencing task at some stage that requires you to read a score and play it in on a keyboard. Difficult to do without reading music. And in arrangements etc you're going to need more knowledge of theory that just knowing what a time signature is.

I'm not saying you need to be Mozart, but having done the course I'm actually trying to be helpful and answer the thread-starters question.

Do yourself a favour and stay away from topics you know nothing about.



Wow im sure you are running a successful recording studio going by your cutting edge training. Or is it HMV?
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You don't need any prior knowledge, but playing a musical instrument and having a basic grasp of music theory is recommended.
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Wow im sure you are running a successful recording studio going by your cutting edge training. Or is it HMV?


I take it you're doing brilliantly on the comedy circuit, then?

Actually I did the A-level version of this course along with other subjects. I'm going on to read English at Uni next year. Want to talk out of your ass about that, too?
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ull mostly b usin sebailous n reason n things of tht sort n recordin etc

i wudnt worry theyll show u hw 2 do everything anyway


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to TS:

Are you doing the course at LCM by any chance? I tried to get in there to do that exact course and got rejected lol.
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I found the easiest was to remember them was with the old acrostic poem thing.
treble: every good boy deserves football for the lines and face for the gaps and for
bass: gay boys deserve fat ass for the lines and aceg for the gaps, unless you where being sarcastic.


Ah thanks, i'll have to bear that in mind. Good job i've got the summer to get ready. Thanks for the heads up guys.
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bass: gay boys deserve fat ass for the lines

That's a new one for me, I'm a fan...

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you dont know what music technology is, do you?


No prior knowledge is required. Background in recording and understanding music is helpful but not mandatory. Not exactly a booming industry...most of my friends who did it had to do other degrees to get jobs, but it will be great fun. I just learned online..everything is available online and though self tuition and you could afford a nice studio for the same price.