Highgrove Education

Introduction to Music Technology

This elective aims to bridge the creative arts with science and technology, giving students the opportunity to produce pieces of music while learning about the technology behind them. The course takes students from learning about the science behind traditional instruments, through to that of their electronic and virtual counterparts as well as the evolution of recording, production and reproduction techniques and methods. During the elective, students will produce a piece of music of their own composition using the techniques studied as well as conducting research in a chosen area reflecting an area of interest from the history of commercial music production.

Private Tuition

Key Information



Access Course Enrolment:
  • Enrolment in our pre-GCSE or pre-A level access course.
  • Access to our self-study materials and platform, live class lessons, and individual teacher support in Office Hours.
  • Weekly teacher-marked homework.
  • Half termly reports.
  • Support from our SENDCo for pupils with special educational needs or disabilities, including assessment for access arrangement entitlement.
  • Support with English for pupils whose first language is not English.
  • A Highgrove Education Office365 account, including Teams, SharePoint and a school email
TeacherMr Josh Fox, Head of Physics
Course Length10 weeks
Live LessonsOne 45-minute lesson per week
HomeworkApproximately half an hour a week
Entry RequirementsNone

Course Syllabus

Lesson 1Production project introduction and DAWs
Lesson 2Recording - MIDI and VST
Lesson 3Recording - real instruments
Lesson 4Effects 
Lesson 5Mixing and mastering
Lesson 6Musical instrument technology
Lesson 7Digital synthesis
Lesson 8Microphone technology
Lesson 9Historic recording and reproduction
Lesson 10Sequencing and sampling

Teacher Profile

Mr Fox graduated with a 1st Class honours in Audio Technology from ARU and went on to gain his PGCE in Secondary Science from the University of Cambridge. More recently he gained a Master of Education with distinction from the University of Cambridge. Mr Fox is an experienced guitarist and guitar technician. He has held roles including Head of Physics and Head of Science, and he is an examiner for AQA Physics. He has taught Physics, Combined Science, Applied Science and Music Technology at GCSE and A level, and has prepared pupils for university interviews and the PAT exam. He has experience teaching and tutoring online, including working as a physics tutor at Harrow School Online.