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Music Technology A Level at Sir Thomas Wharton Community College

Course description

Build an understanding of the technical process & principles that underpin effective use of music technology.

AS Level
Unit 1: Music Technology Portfolio 1 70% (Coursework)
- Learn and use a variety of music & music technology skills
- MIDI sequencing, multi-track recording, arranging skills
Task 1A Sequenced realised performance (set piece)
Task 1B Multi-track recording (set piece)
Task 1C Creative sequenced arrangement (own work)
- Logbook on resources used & creative sequenced arrangement
- Produce CD of three tracks

Unit 2: Listening & Analysing 30% (1 hour 45 mins written exam)
- Study overview of popular music from 1910
– present day - Study 2 special focus styles for in depth study e.g. reggae, jazz

A2 Year
Unit 3: Music Technology Portfolio 2 60% (coursework)
- The development of technology based music
- Task 3A Sequenced integrated performance
Task 3B Multi-track recording
Task 3C Composing using Music Technology
- Logbook on resources used.
- Produce CD containing 3 tracks of work.

Unit 4: Analysing & Producing 40% (2 hour exam)
- Demonstrate knowledge of music & principles of music technology through written commentaries, manipulations & production tasks.
- Demonstrate musical understanding & the ability to manipulate & correct recorded music.
- Produce a balanced stereo mix.

Entry requirements

The advanced course in Music Technology is for any students who have achieved a C or above at Music GCSE or have a background in recording and composing. Although there is no element of performance to be assessed, it is essential to have group performance skills to a good standard. You will need to be able to perform the piece of music that you have arranged. This course requires a large amount of self-motivation and dedication due to the high proportion of coursework. You must be able to read musical notation.

Future opportunities

Teaching, sound engineer for artists/bands, production companies, record companies, theatre technician, performer of any element of Performing Arts hold technical ability in high regard.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir Thomas Wharton Community College directly.

Last updated date: 03 July 2015

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