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Music Technology at The Joseph Rowntree School

Course description

AS Unit 1- Music Technology Portfolio 1(70%)
As part of this portfolio, students complete a sequenced realised performance- of a piece specified by Edexcel, a multi-track recording- of a piece of their own choice from the area of Popular Music Styles since 1910, lasting between two and four minutes, a creative sequenced arrangement - the arrangement will be based on one of the 2 prescribed stimuli supplied by Edexcel and a log book- recording the equipment used and to answer two questions on their creative sequenced arrangement. All coursework is completed under controlled conditions.

AS Unit 2- Listening and Analysing (30%)
1 hour 45 minute listening examination. Questions 1 - 4 will test students’ aural perception of musical characteristics and features of the given extracts, from popular musical styles since 1910. Questions 5 and 6 will be drawn from the two special focus styles, testing wider understanding and knowledge.

A2 Unit 3- Music Technology Portfolio 2 (60%)
Unit 3 builds on skills acquired in Unit 1, and extends these to include a composition task. It involves detailed study of the development of technology based music. You must complete three tasks which together make the Music Technology Portfolio 2.
Task 3A: Sequenced Integrated Performance
Task 3B: Multi-track Recording
Task 3C: Composing using Music Technology.
Students will also submit a logbook which will provide information on the resources used in each task.

A2 Unit 4- Analysing and Producing (40%)
Students will be expected to demonstrate their 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.

This assessment will take the form of a 2-hour examination. Each student has an audio CD, which will contain a series of music files to be imported into music production software. Each student will also have an examination paper in which some or all of the CD tracks will be notated as conventional staff notation, editing grids or numerical data.

Entry requirements

To be successful at A-Level, students need to achieve an average points score of 38, which is broadly equivalent to 5 GCSE grades A*-C

You need commitment primarily and a genuine interest in music and technology. You will need to learn to read music.

You need not be a performer, but you should be able to understand the notes on a keyboard.

You do not need to have taken GCSE Music or Music Technology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Joseph Rowntree School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years