Music technicians support the music department and in some schools may also work in or oversee recording studios, rehearsal rooms or be involved in school productions or extra-curricular events involving live music. They maintain equipment, instruments and sometimes computer systems which run music software.
The role generally includes some or all of the following:
- Procurement of, setting up and maintaining a wide range of equipment
- Keeping up to date with current guidance to ensure a safe working environment
- Keeping an updated stock of equipment and consumables
- Supporting students directly during lessons or delivering demonstrations
- Maintaining or setting up computer-based multitrack recording equipment
- Running or maintaining a recording studio
- Working on school productions or extra-curricular events
- Repairing and maintaining a range of instruments
- Admin tasks related to the role
Training & CPD
Entry requirements vary between schools and LAs but generally at secondary level employers ask for at least GCSEs, or A-Levels or equivalent. Where technicians are expected to support students more directly and up to A-Level, employers may ask for higher qualifications in specific subject areas.
Most useful courses for music technicians will be based on the use of specific music equipment. Training in the use of multitrack recording software, recording studio equipment and peripherals is available through private training companies across the UK who also cater for those working professionally outside of education.
Qualifications in music, the ability to play one or more instruments and read/write music or experience gained in the music or live events industry may be desirable but not necessarily essential for the role.