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Music Technology A-Level at Harris Boys' Academy East Dulwich

Course description

Year 12 Content

The first half of the Advanced GCE course may be completed as an AS Level and Credited.  You may continue into Year 13 and take the full Advanced GCE qualification.

Year 12 is made up of two units:

Unit 1: Music Technology Portfolio 1

Students will produce an audio CD entitled ‘Music Technology Portfolio 1’, containing three tracks of work.  They will also present a logbook.

Task 1A - Sequenced Realised Performance

The sequenced realised performance will be based on a recording of a piece of music specified by Edexcel.

Task 1B - Multi-Track Recording

Students will record a piece of their own choice from Area of Study 2: Popular Music Styles Since 1910, lasting between 2 - 4 minutes.

Task 1C - Creative Sequenced Arrangement

This will be based on one of two prescribed stimuli supplied by Edexcel.

Students will also provide a logbook, which will detail equipment used and answer two questions on their creative sequenced arrangement.

Unit 2: Listening and Analysing

A 1 hour 45 minute listening examination, externally assessed, in the summer of the year of entry. The style of questions will range from multiple choice questions to short answer questions, to questions requiring a few sentences of continuous prose.

Year 13 Content

The full Advanced GCE has four units – two from Year 12, and two from Year 13.

Unit 3: Music Technology Portfolio 2

Students will produce an audio CD entitled ‘Music Technology Portfolio 2’, containing three tracks of work.  They will also present a logbook.

Task 3A - Sequenced Integrated Performance

The sequenced integrated performance will be based on a recording of a piece of music selected from a choice of two specified by Edexcel.

Task 3B - Multi-Track Recording

Students will select one recording topic from a choice of two. Students will record a piece lasting between 3 - 5 minutes.

Task 3C - Composing using Music Technology

The task will be based on one of three prescribed briefs set by Edexcel.  Students will compose a piece lasting between 3 - 4 minutes as specified in their chosen brief.

Logbook - Students will use this document to detail equipment used.

Unit 4: Analysing and Producing

This assessment will take the form of a 2 hour examination.  There are two sections in the examination paper and students must complete both.

Entry requirements

Students are required to have Grade B or above at GCSE Music or Distinction at BTEC Level 2 Music.  Students are required to have basic keyboard skills and some knowledge of reading notation.

Successful completion of AS Music Technology with a grade C or above is necessary to carry on to Year 13 Music Technology.

Assessment

100% of marks come from externally set assignments.

Future opportunities

Progression to Higher Level courses in Music or Music Technology is normally through application to a degree course in a specialist area.  Studying Music or Music Technology develops transferable skills which can take you into employment.  These include using creativity, using technology to produce and synthesise music and sounds, and developing performing skills. Success at this level requires determination and dedication.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harris Boys' Academy East Dulwich directly.

Last updated date: 03 June 2015

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