The Principles and Practice of Music Technology:
This area of study involves study and practice of MIDI sequencing, audio sequencing and multi-track recording, using equipment and technical processes to capture sounds and manipulate them to produce musical results.
Popular Music Styles since 1910
Study of Popular Music, including jazz, pop and rock. Students learn about the main musical and cultural characteristics of the major styles and trends of the past 100 years, ranging from ragtime and Dixieland Jazz through to recent developments in Club
Music and Electronica.
The Development of Technology-based Music:
The aim of this area of study is to help students understand more about the development and influence of technology on music since 1910. Study includes instruments involving technology, recording practice, and developments in contemporary art music.
In studying the various genres and styles, you’ll be expected to have an understanding of relevant musical theory and terminology. If you have no GCSE in Music, or your music theory skills are limited, we will support you in building these skills to the
In the AS year, you will produce a portfolio CD – supported by an accompanying written log book – containing the following:
• Sequenced Realised Performance: a sequenced performance of music from a notated score
• Multi-Track Recording: 8-12 track close-mic and direct-inject recording of a piece of the your choice from Popular
Music Styles since 1910
• Creative Sequenced Arrangement: an arrangement of a piece of music, using computer software, showing creative
development and/or manipulation of the chosen musical material.
The AS listening exam will assess knowledge of Popular Music Styles since 1910, and understanding of sequencing and recording techniques.