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Music, AS/A2 at Christ The King College

Course description

The A Level Music Technology course is suitable for anyone who has a keen interest in creating and recording music, and who wishes to broaden their experience and deepen their understanding of popular music styles and developments in music technology.
Where else can you experiment with recording equipment and computer technology, arrange and compose music, and learn about popular music, from rock and roll to reggae, heavy rock to hip hop? Music Technology plays a key role in music across the globe. Students, including those who do not play a traditional instrument, are encouraged to explore their musicality and create original music using technology.


Course content

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.

Entry requirements

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 required level.


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.
Written Examination
The AS listening exam will assess knowledge of Popular Music Styles since 1910, and understanding of sequencing and recording techniques.

Future opportunities

GCE Music Technology has been widely accepted by Higher Education providers and an A Level in Music Technology will continue to provide valuable experience and preparation for students aiming for further study in the subject.
Study in Music Technology could lead to careers in the music and entertainment industry, sound design and engineering, broadcasting, media and video production, and music education.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christ The King College directly.

Last updated date: 02 June 2015
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Key information

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