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Music Technology, AS/A2 at Christ The King College

Course description

AS level - Unit 1: Music Technology Portfolio 1
Task 1A: Sequenced Realised Performance
You must produce an accurate sequenced performance of a piece of Popular Music and you will be assessed on your ability in the following areas:

  • Realisation of Pitch and Rhythm
  • Choice of Timbre and Mix
  • Musicality
  • Dynamics, Articulation and Phrasing

Task 1B: Multi-track Recording
You will record a piece of music of your own choice in any style of Popular Music lasting between two and four minutes. You must produce a high quality recording and you will be assessed on your ability in the following areas: Capture, Processing and Mixing.

Task 1C: Creative Sequenced Arrangement
You must produce a sequenced arrangement which must show creative development and be between two and three minutes. You will be assessed on your ability in the following areas:

  • Instrumentation, timbre and texture
  • Melody and rhythm
  • Structure, harmony and tonality

AS level - Unit 2: Listening and Analysing
This encourages you to respond to unfamiliar music by analyzing musical, technical and stylistic features. The material is focused on Popular Music and Jazz and is presented as a series of extracts on CD. You will answer questions about the style, historical and cultural context, recording techniques and elements of musical language.

A2 level - Unit 3 - Music Technology Portfolio 2
Task 3A: Sequenced Integrated Performance (40 marks)
You must produce a sequenced integrated performance of a piece of music which must contain a live audio recording of the vocals plus other live audio tracks and must be integrated with the other sequenced tracks. You will be assessed on the following areas:

  • realisation of pitch and rhythm
  • choice of timbre and mix of timbres and vocals
  • musicality of sequencing (dynamics, articulation and phrasing)
  • music technology skills

Task 3B: Multi-track Recording (40 marks)
You must produce a high quality recording of a piece of music lasting between three and five minutes, with attention to the production sound.
You will be assessed on the following areas:

  • capture
  • processing
  • mixing

Task 3C: Composing using Music Technology (40 marks)
You must compose a piece of music lasting between three and four minutes. You will be assessed on the following areas:

  • Compulsory criteria:
    1. quality of ideas and outcome
    2. coherence
    3. timbres and textures
    4. music technology skills
  • Optional criteria (one is selected from the following three):
    1. harmony
    2. melody
    3. rhythm

A2 level - Unit 4: Analysing and Producing
This is a 2 hour exam in two parts. Section A will test your musical understanding, your ability to manipulate and correct recorded music, and your ability to write commentaries on technological processes. Section B is a practical test involving the production of a balanced stereo mix.

Entry requirements

Competence in reading notation and basic facility on a keyboard are essential requirements. GCSE Music (A*-C) and GCSE English (A*-C) are also desirable.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 August 2014
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Key information

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

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