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Music Technology A Level at Wanstead High School

Course description

Area of Study 1: Recording and production techniques for both corrective and creative purposes

Area of Study 2: Principles of sound and audio technology

Area of Study 3: The development of recording and production technology

Course content

The following percentages contribute towards the final grade:

A Level

Recording (Coursework) – 20%. You will create a multi-track recording of one of ten songs set by the exam board. You have the role of the producer and engineer in this task and do not necessarily have to play any of the parts yourself. The track will be 3 – 3 ½ minutes in length.

Composition (Coursework) – 20%. You will create a composition based on one of three briefs set by Edexcel. Creative use of music technology must be a feature of this composition. The composition will be 3 minutes long.

Listening and analysing (Exam) – 25%. You will be asked questions on a range of popular music. Some of these will be on musical features of the tracks and some will focus on the use of music technology within them.

Producing and analysing (Exam) – 35%. This is a mainly a practical examination. You will correct and combine audio and MIDI tracks to form a completed mix. You may also have to create new tracks or parts from the materials provided. There is also an extended essay question within this exam.

Entry requirements

Grade B grade in GCSE music or Merit in a Level 2 Music BTEC course. Alternative music qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. An interest in music and the use of technology in creating it is essential. Some experience using sequencing software (e.g. Cubase, Logic) is very useful but not a formal requirement.

Future opportunities

This course is ideal for students considering a career in the music industry, particularly if sound engineering and recording is a potential career path. It could lead to an industry-based degree course in sound engineering. The skills developed through these courses are highly transferable to many other careers, so this course should not only be considered by students looking to pursue a career in music.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wanstead High School directly.

Last updated date: 31 March 2017
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