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Level: 1

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 1

Weeks: 10


Start: 02/11/2021

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Interview: Y

Course Summary

This course will provide an introduction to using the music software Logic to record your own music. Over the six weeks of the course, you'll cover the basic functions of Logic including using loops, recording audio and adding basic effects to make your recordings sound better. You'll also explore how musical compositions are structured. This course will take place on Monday nights between 6.00PM and 8.30PM at the Joseph Wright Centre.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, other than an interest in learning about music technology. This is a short course designed for adult learners aged 19+.

Course Content

You will cover:

  • The basics of Logic (music recording software)
  • How to use loops to build musical compositions
  • How to record audio
  • Structuring compositions
  • Adding effects to make your recordings sound better

How will I be assessed?

There is no formal assessment, though you will receive feedback on your work.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?


What can I do after this course?

Further Study

This course could be done in isolation as a pleasurable creative outlet.

However, you could progress to our Certificate in Performing Arts (Music pathway) which is a more formal qualification aimed at adults that commences in January 2021.



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Harriet McDonnell

Harriet McDonnell

Rock band Muddibrooke set on right track by Derby College

From the moment she picked up a guitar at the age of eight, former Derby College music student Harriet McDonnell knew she wanted to be  a professional musician.    
Now, as the 25-year-old frontwoman of Derby rock band Muddibrooke, she and her band are achieving international success.    
Muddibrooke’s first single,Turn to Dust, was played on BBC Introducing, and went on to receive airplay all over the world within days of its release. And, when lockdown sadly meant the band couldn’t headline a gig at The Venue in May, Harriet and her band members worked on a single called Stay Home, inspired by their experiences of coronavirus.    
Harriet has also played many festivals and supported many other bands such as The Beautiful South, Doctor and the Medics and Frank Turner as a solo musician.    
Harriet, from Mickleover, maintains that studying full-time on the two-year BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma Music Performance at Derby College has definitely benefited her career.    
She said: “As manager of my own band, my course has helped me know more about the music industry and how it all works; as well as the performance aspect and getting an audience engaged with a show.    
“The part I enjoyed most at College was forming bands and performing a show at the end of each term.    
“I also loved composing our own music. It taught me a lot about how to use music software to record, compose and create a finished track. I use a lot of that knowledge now with my current work.” 

I would recommend Derby College and the music course to anyone thinking about pursuing a career in the music industry.


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