Music Technology

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course is suitable for anyone who enjoys creating and listening to different styles of music. It strikes a balance between the technical and the creative aspects of music technology through the disciplines of composition, arrangement and analysis. Students develop their technical skills in sound recording, audio processing, editing and mixing, while also gaining important knowledge of the underlying scientific principles.

COURSE CONTENT

AS UNITS:

Unit 1
You will complete 3 tasks submitted as an audio CD, which together make Coursework Portfolio 1:

  • To reproduce, through sequencing, the sound of an original Popular recording as accurately as possible (set by exam board)
  • To produce a Multi Track Recording of between 8 to 12 tracks, in a Popular style (free choice)
  • To develop an original arrangement, through sequencing, from a prescribed stimulus (choice given by exam board)

Unit 2
You will study the development of popular music styles from 1910 to the present day, of which two Special Focus Styles will be selected each year. There will be a 1 hour 45 minute Listening Examination Paper

A2 UNITS:

Unit 3
You will complete 3 tasks submitted as an audio CD, which together make Coursework Portfolio 2:

  • To reproduce, through both sequencing and the addition of live audio, the sound of an original Popular recording as accurately as possible (choice given by the exam board)
  • To produce a Multi Track Recording of between 12 to 24 tracks (choice of acoustic, orchestral or percussion instruments given by exam board)
  • To compose a piece based on one of three briefs, showing a high level of music technology (choice given by exam board)

Unit 4
You will demonstrate your knowledge of music and the principles of music technology through a series of written commentaries, manipulations and production tasks, using material provided in a 2 hour Examination Paper and recorded on an audio CD

CAREER POSSIBILITIES

The music business is one of the biggest industries in the UK, and this course provides the opportunity to begin to develop many of those skills necessary to pursue a career in this area. There are a wide variety of courses to progress onto at University having gained this qualification.

GCSE GRADE PROFILE

Students who wish to study Music Technology at this level should normally have A* to C grades in a range of subjects at GCSE level, preferably including Music. However, equivalent experience, which should include the ability to read notation, will be considered.