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A Level Music Technology at Merchants’ Academy

Course description

Why should I choose Music Technology?

Music is often thought of as a career that revolves around performing, and recitals. However, almost 60-70% of jobs in the music industry will relate to the field of music production and recording. From checking levels on local radio, to complex microphone and level checks at the final of the X-Factor, the industry revolves around the use of technology. The choices technicians make, and the details that a producer adds to a track, can be the difference between a Christmas number 1 and a complete flop. Music Technology is therefore a highly relevant course for young people who are interested in how music is made in the studio and what further career options are there beyond the obvious performance ones. A challenging but highly relevant course.

Course content

Music Technology is split into four key elements. You will be heavily based in the studio for 3 of these and the other is a listening exam. You will be asked to complete 3 tasks as part of a portfolio demonstrating your abilities across some common tasks in music production. Firstly, you must sequence a track: this means create a replica of the track as closely matching the original as possible. You must also complete a recording and mix-down of a band or group that demonstrates awareness of microphone choice and what elements will work on a pop song. Finally, you must create a remix of a well-known song reimagining it in a new genre of music such as trance or folk. All these elements are studied in great detail and provide a basis for the listening exam where your knowledge of the techniques you have used is tested.

You will also have been expected to study an overview of popular music from across the 20th and 21st centuries and be able to recall much of this knowledge in the exam

Assessment

Each of the aforementioned elements is examined and tested.

UNIT 1 – Music Technology Portfolio (recording, sequence and arrangement) 70%

UNIT 2 – Listening Exam 30%

Future opportunities

The options are endless but some of the careers earmarked for a successful music technicians are as follows:

Music Producer, Radio Technician, Music Director (TV and stage), Sound Crew (TV, Stage, Festivals), Jingle Maker.

Not only this, but it is a well respected course for university and looks great as an example of creativity on your UCAS applications.

Further information

Please direct your questions to any member of the music department, or visit:

www.edexcel.com/quals/gce/gce08/music/tech/Pages/def ault.aspx

www.chichester.ac.uk/Course/A-Levels/EDX-ASMusicTechnology/MUS063/

www.parrswood.manchester.sch.uk/sixthform/courses/mu sic-tech.pdf

www.youtube.com/watch?v=uraKQv0KXSU

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Merchants’ Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 April 2015

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