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Music Technology - AS / A level at King Edward VI CEVC Upper School

Course content

The course will give you opportunities to:
-Sequence MIDI to recreate musical performances
-Sequence audio
-Record, mix and procde CD`s
-Compose and arrange using music technolgy
-Build understanding of the technical processes and principles that underpin effective use of music technology
-Develop an understanding of technology based music
-Explore the development of popular music since 1910

Entry requirements

You will need at least a grade B in GCSE Music. Students who have not taken GCSE Music will be able to apply through discussion with music staff.


AS Level Unit 1 - Music Technology Portfolio 1 This unit consists of three practical tasks: Task 1A: Sequenced Realised Performance (re-creating a performance using MIDI) Task 1B: Multi-track Recording Task 1C: Creative Sequenced Arrangement (arranging a piece in a specified style) Assessment You will submit a CD of these tasks and you will also submit a logbook that will provide information on the resources used in each task as well as assessed questions on your creative sequenced arrangement. The practical work is based on stimuli provided by the exam board.

Unit 2 - Listening and Analysing This unit enables you to study the styles most common in popular music and to develop your aural (listening) skills. You will study the development of the main trends in popular music styles from 1910 through to the present day. Two special focus styles will be selected each year for more in-depth study. For the special focus styles, in addition to the main fingerprints of the style, you will develop an extended knowledge and understanding of context. Assessment 1 hour 45 minute listening examination In order to progress to A2 you will need a grade C at AS.

A-level Unit 3 - Music Technology Portfolio 2 This unit builds on skills acquired in Unit 1, and extends these to include a composition task. It involves detailed study of Area of Study 3: The Development of Technology-based Music. You will complete three tasks: Task 3A: Sequenced Integrated Performance(using a mixture of live audio and sequenced tracks) Task 3B: Multi-track Recording Task 3C: Composing using Music Technology. Assessment You will produce an audio CD of these coursework tasks. You will also present a logbook, detailing equipment used. The practical work is based on stimulus material provided by the exam board.

Unit 4 - Analysing and Producing This unit assesses your knowledge of music and the principles of music technology through a series of written commentaries, manipulations and production tasks using material provided on an examination paper and recorded on an audio CD. Assessment This assessment will take the form of a 2-hour examination. You will work with music production software in the exam.

Future opportunities

There are many important opportunities in higher education, and many career possibilities for those proficient in handling music technology. GCE in Music Technology has been widely accepted by higher education. A-level Music Technology provides valuable experience and preparation for students aiming for higher education in the subject. Music technology careers could include work as a: sound engineer record producer.  

Further information

This course is designed to help students produce high quality musical outcomes using technology. Students should therefore be interested in developing both musical and technical skills.

For further information: Miss J Francis

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI CEVC Upper School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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