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Music Technology A Level at Chadwell Heath Academy

Course description

Students will learn and use a variety of Music and Music Technology skills in order to complete this course. MIDI sequencing and multi-track recording as well as arranging skills are all key components assessed through the practical work carried out.

Course content

Modules for AS
Component 1: Composing 20% 60 marks (externally assessed)
Production tools and techniques to capture, edit, process and mix an audio recording.

Component 2: Technology-based composition 20% 60 marks (externally assessed)
Creating, editing, manipulating and structuring sounds to produce a technology‐based composition.

Component 3: Listening and Analysing 25% 60 marks
Knowledge and understanding of recording and production techniques and principles, in the context of a series of unfamiliar recordings.

Component 4: Producing and Analysing 35% 84 marks
Knowledge and understanding of editing, mixing and production techniques, to be applied to unfamiliar materials.

Modules for A-Level

Component 1: Composing 20% 60 marks (externally assessed)
Production tools and techniques to capture, edit, process and mix an audio recording. Logbook and authentication form must be supplied.

Component 2: Technology-based composition 20% 60 marks (externally assessed)
Creating, editing, manipulating and structuring sounds to produce a technology‐based composition.
- Synthesis and sampling/audio manipulation and creative effects use must be included.
- Total time must be 3 minutes.
- Logbook and authentication form must be supplied

Component 3: Listening and Analysing 25% 75 marks
Knowledge and understanding of recording and production techniques and principles, in the context of a series of unfamiliar recordings. Application of knowledge related to all three areas of study.

Component 4: Producing and Analysing 35% 105 marks
Knowledge and understanding of editing, mixing and production techniques, to be applied to unfamiliar materials.
- Application of knowledge related to areas of study 1 and 2.
- This paper comprises two sections: A and B and all questions are compulsory

Assessment

AS
Component 1: Practical task - one recording, chosen from a list of 10 songs supplied by Pearson consisting of a minimum of three compulsory instruments and two additional instruments.
Component 2: Practical task - one technology‐based composition based on a brief set by Pearson.
Component 3: 1 hour and 15 minutes Examination Section A: Listening and Analysing: four questions, each based on unfamiliar commercial recordings. Section B: Extended written response- one comparison question, which uses two unfamiliar commercial recordings.
Component 4: 1 hour and 45 minutes Examination (plus 10 minutes setting up time)Section A: Analysing and producing – five questions related to the audio and MIDI materials (written responses and practical tasks). Section B: Extended written response -one essay focusing on a specific signal process technology hardware unit.

ALEVEL

Component 1: Practical task- one recording, chosen from a list of 10 songs supplied by Pearson, consisting of a minimum of three compulsory instruments and two additional instruments
Component 2: Practical task- one technology‐based composition chosen from three briefs set by Pearson
Component 3: 1 hour and 30 minutes examination
Component 4: 2 hours and fifteen minutes (plus 10 minutes setting up time) Section A: Producing and analysing – five questions related to the audio and MIDI materials provided that include both written responses and practical tasks. Section B: Extended written response – one essay focusing on a specific mixing scenario, signal path, effet or music technology hardware unit.

Future opportunities

Producer, Sound Engineer, Sound Designer, Composer for Film, Music Technology Teacher/Lecturer, Computer Gaming Designer, Sound Editor.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chadwell Heath Academy directly.

Last updated date: 21 April 2017
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