Music Technology AS & A Level at Presdales School
This course involves listening to and analysing a range of pop, rock and classical music, describing the recording techniques used and the structure of the pieces. It involves some composing and arranging requiring the candidates to have good music reading and keyboard/piano skills. Students must also be interested in the fine detail of making sound recordings to a high standard.
Unit 1 (70% of AS)
- Sequenced Realised Performance. Create a professional realisation of a given song using ICT.
- Multi-track recording. Make a high quality recording (2–4 minutes) using at least 8 live tracks. Four tracks must be recorded using microphones.
- Creative sequenced arrangement. Arrange one of two given pieces showing creativity, using music technology (2–3 minutes).
Unit 2 (30% of AS) Listening and Analysing
A listening paper based on a study of popular styles since 1910. There are two set topics each year eg. ‘Rock and Roll’ and ‘Soul’ or ‘Heavy Rock’ and ‘Reggae’.
Unit 3 (60% of A2)
- Sequenced Integrated Performance.
Create a professional realisation of a given song using ICT including the use of live audio.
- Multi-track recording
- Composing using music technology
Unit 4 (40% of A2)
Analysing and Producing. 2 hour examination including production and written tasks.
Students are required to have obtained at least a grade A in GCSE Music and should have an interest in exploring sound using ICT.
All coursework and written examinations are externally assessed.
Music Technology at Presdales provides an excellent basis for learning about studio techniques such as digital recording and the use of ICT for composing, arranging and sequencing. Related careers which might follow such a course include studio engineering, live stage sound mixing, broadcasting, film music and songwriting.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Presdales School directly.