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AS/A2 Music Technology at Sandringham School

Course description

Course Aims:

GCE Music Technology is a challenging, creative and innovative subject which arms the student with the skills needed to arrange, compose, produce and record music. Students gain an understanding of a wide range of popular musical styles, and learn how to use technology successfully in the field of contemporary music. The course requires good musicianship, an interest in technology, and an open mind for exploring very varied musical styles and genres.

Course Structure:

AS Unit 1 – Portfolio 1 (35%)

  • Task 1a – A sequenced realisation of a piece of music set by the exam board using MIDI sequencing the challenge here is to make the realisation as close sounding the original version as possible
  • Task 2a – A multi-track recording (using the Sandringham Recording Studio) of a commercial song.
  • Task 3a – A creative sequenced arrangement of a song into one of two prescribed styles set by the exam board

Unit 2 – Listening and Analysing (15%)

  • A 1 hour 45 minute examination, assessing the principles and practice of music technology, and the development of popular music from 1910 to the present day

A2 Unit 3 – Portfolio 2 (30%)

  • Task 3a – A realisation of a piece of music set by the exam board, using a combination of MIDI sequencing and live recorded audio. Again the challenge here is to make the realisation as close sounding to the original version as possible.
  • Task 3b – A multi-track recording (Using the Sandringham Recording Studio) of a commercial song with either a special focus on recording percussion instruments or acoustic/orchestral instruments.
  • Task 3c – A creative composition. The brief is set by the exam board, but students are required to use technology extensively within the compositional process, even designing their own sounds

Unit 4 – Analysing and producing (20%)

  • A 2 hour examination assessing (via a written component) knowledge of the development of technology based music, and a practical component which requires numerous audio files to be imported, manipulated/edited and then mixed.

Entry requirements

B at GCSE level or in GCSE Music.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 April 2015
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Key information

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

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