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Music Technology A Level at Farlingaye High School

Course description

Music technology plays a key role in music and media across the world. This exciting and useful tasks to students through the use of professional recording and sound manipulation software and hardware.

The areas of study are:

  • principles and practice of music technology
  • popular music styles since 1910
  • and the development of technology-based music.

Practical coursework accounts for a large proportion of the A Level. 

Course content

AS Level

Unit 1:

Music Technology Portfolio 1, consisting of three pieces of coursework: a) sequenced realised performance; b) multi-track recording; c) creative sequenced arrangement.

Unit 2:

Listening & Analysing: short answer written examination based on a CD of musical excerpts.

A2  Level

Unit 3:

Music Technology Portfolio 2, consisting of three pieces of coursework: a) sequenced realised performance; b) multi-track recording; c) composing using music technology.

Unit 4:

Analysing & Producing: short answer written examination and practical test involving the production of a balanced stereo mix.

Entry requirements

(GCSE grades) Music B is preferred; those without a GCSE in Music must demonstrate a strong practical interest in the subject.

Assessment

  • Unit 1: 35% (externally assessed coursework)
  • Unit 2: 15% (externally assessed listening test)
  • Unit 3: 30% (externally assessed coursework)
  • Unit 4: 20% (externally assessed listening test and practical task)

Future opportunities

Music Technology A Level will provide valuable experience and preparation for students aiming for any of the many Higher Education courses in the subject.

Music Technology careers could include work as a sound engineer, record producer or teachr.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 June 2016
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