Learn to effectively teach National 5 Music Technology and gain hands-on experience of using the necessary software.

The National 5 Music Technology Training will explore the following topics over the two days:

  • Planning
  • Recording: Use of 2 Microphone types with appropriate placement, use of a Direct-line input, imported audio or a USB/MIDI Controller, recording multiple inputs simultaneously.
  • Mixing: Setting appropriate input gain levels with no distortion, applying Creative and Corrective EQ, making use of Time Domain Effects, Compression and/or Noise Gate, use of mixing techniques including Volume, Panning, Fade In / Fade Out, Editing Tracks.
  • Creative recording/mixing techniques
  • Evaluations 

microphone in a boxThis course is primarily taught using Avid’s Pro Tools music software, however, when working on practical tasks and activities, it will be possible to use the software we have available on our Music Lab computers (Logic Pro X, Ableton Live, or Garageband) if you are more confident using these packages. The only equipment we expect course participants to bring with them are headphones with a full-size stereo jack connection (1/4”) and something to take notes on. Due to latency issues, we do not recommend using Bluetooth headphones for this course so please ensure you can connect your headphones by cable to the computer. You should also bring a pen drive or hard drive with you to save work to, please ensure that it is USB 3.0 and has at least 16GB of storage available.

The course is supplemented with materials provided through Moodle, our Virtual Learning Environment, where you will be able to access resources such as lesson plans, video tutorials, and guides, that will provide ongoing support for you in your role as a Music Technology teacher.

How you’ll be taught & assessed

The course will be taught in person at our Merchiston campus in our music lab and recording studio and will be supported online through our virtual learning environment, Moodle.

There will be no formal assessment and a certificate of attendance will be provided for those who successfully completing the two-day course.

Entry Requirements

This course is open to all teachers who intend to teach, or who have recently started teaching, SQA Higher Music Technology.

Course Dates

13 - 14 August 2024.


£300 – this includes lunch and refreshments each day.

If you have any questions about the course, please get in touch at MusicTechAcademy@napier.ac.uk and include the name of the course you are enquiring about in the subject line. 


If your school is paying on your behalf and need to pay by invoice, please click this link to email us or email musictechacademy@napier.ac.uk and we will get back to you with information about how we can facilitate this method of payment and reserve your place on the course.