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Music Technology A Level at Priory School Edgbaston

Course description

Music Technology A Level is a highly practical subject that will suit those with a keen interest in popular music of all genres. It will allow you to experiment with recording techniques and equipment, learn how to use computer technology to create and arrange music, and it will give you the opportunity to learn about popular music from the early days of Blues and rock and roll to contemporary heavy rock, hip hop and dubstep. Through practical application, you will develop competence in recording (including microphone techniques), MIDI and audio sequencing and knowledge of computer-based music.

Course content

AS Level

A2 Level

Unit 1- Music Technology Portfolio 1

Students must complete 3 tasks in order to develop skills in MIDI sequencing, multi-track recording and arranging.

Task 1A: Sequenced Realised Performance

Task 1B: Multi-track Recording

Task 1C: Creative Sequenced Arrangement.

Students must also submit a logbook that will provide information on the resources used in each task as well as assessed questions on their creative sequenced arrangement.

Unit 3 - Music Technology Portfolio 2

This section of the qualification is designed to build on and extend skills and experience gained during AS Level. It consists of three tasks :

Task 3A: Sequenced Integrated Performance

Task 3B: Multi-track Recording

Task 3C: Composing using Music Technology.

Students will also be required to submit a log book.

Students are also required to undertake an in-depth study of the development of technology-based music.

 

Unit 2- Listening and Analysing

Students will study the development of popular music styles and trends from 1910 to the present day. They will also study two special focus styles in more depth.

Unit 4 - Analysing and Producing

Students must demonstrate their understanding of technological processes and ability to manipulate and correct recorded music though a series of exam questions and audio files. They will also be tested on their ability to produce a balanced stereo mix.

 

Entry requirements

You will need at least a grade C in GCSE English Literature or English Language. It is an advantage (although not essential) if you can play a musical instrument to a reasonable standard. Some keyboard skills and a knowledge of basic music theory are also recommended. 

Assessment

AS Level

A2 Level

Unit 1- Music Technology Portfolio 1

Students must produce a CD containing three tracks in relation to the three tasks above

70% (35% of A level)

Controlled assessment

Unit 3 - Music Technology Portfolio 2

Students must produce a CD containing three tracks in relation to the three tasks above

60% (30% of A Level)

Controlled assessment

 

Unit 2- Listening and Analysing

30% (15% of A level)

1 hour 45 minute listening examination

Unit 4 - Analysing and Producing

40% (20% of A Level)

2 hour examination

 

Future opportunities

A qualification in Music Technology will bring with it many important opportunities in higher education and employment. A Level Music Technology is widely accepted by higher education providers. For those aiming to progress to higher education courses in Music Technology (or Music), Music Technology A Level provides valuable experience and preparation. Careers in music technology included record producing, sound engineering and teaching. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Priory School Edgbaston directly.

Last updated date: 15 November 2016

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    • We warmly welcome applications from internal and external candidates. In order to obtain admission into Priory Sixth Form, candidates must achieve a minimum of 5 A* – C grades including a minimum of a grade C in English language and mathematics. Students are also advised to choose subjects where they have achieved a grade A or B at GCSE. It is equally important for advance level study that applicants display strong self-discipline and commitment.

      Prospective pupils should complete a registration form and Sixth Form application during the Autumn term prior to taking their GCSEs. Interviews will take place early in the Spring Term and an Induction Day will be held late in the Summer Term prior to starting Priory Sixth Form. Candidates will also have the opportunity to tour the Sixth Form with a member of our senior leadership team.

      A conditional offer will be made to internal and external candidates upon receiving their predicted GCSE grades. A firm offer will be made on GCSE results day.