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Music Technology A level at King Edward VI Sixth Form College

Course description

The majority of music produced today is brought to the listener via technology. The aim of this course is to gain an understanding of the impact of technology on a wide range of music.

The three areas of study underpinning the qualification are:

  • The principles and practice of music technology
  • Popular music styles since 1910
  • The development of technology and how it is manipulated within popular music

The course is designed to develop your listening skills and your ability to make expressive use of musical elements, structures and resources through three coursework assignments each year, all within the realm of popular music. You will develop music from a skeleton score, multi-track recordings, arrangements to a specified style and a composition based on a set brief.

At AS level, students are required to listen to a variety of popular music and analyse its musical, stylistic and technological features. At A2, students are required to listen to, and construct a piece of music from specified audio files, identify discrepancies, comment on musical elements and technological processes and, finally, produce a stereo mix.

Entry requirements

Grade 3 standard in Music Theory is required for entry to this subject. Intending students will be asked to take a preliminary assessment to confirm this. It is essential that you are familiar with standard musical notation.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 01 October 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years
  • Course code: 36000511644065


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