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Music Technology at William De Ferrers School

Course description

Popular Music styles - Students are required to study the development of popular music styles from 1910 through to the present day. This is not intended to be a comprehensive and in-depth study of every popular, jazz or rock music style, but an overeview of the main styles and trends during the devlopment of popular music.

The principles and Practice of Music Technology - This involves study and practice of MISI sequencing, audio sequencing and recording.

The development of Technology-based Music - You will study instruments involving music technology and their players such as Les Paul, The Edge and the bands they are part of. You will look at recording practice and the work of significant producers such as Joe Meek, Phil Spector and Brian Eno. Finally you will study the related developments in contemporary art music and the work of composers such as Stockhausen and Steve Reich.

Year 13 - In Year 13, you continue to develop the skills acquired in Year 12. Unit 1A has to be accomplished completely by listening. Task 1B must use a minimum of 12 tracks. Task 1C will be your own composition not an arrangement. You will sit a 2 hour exam with an audio CD containing music files for import into production software. You will have to review the materials commenting on musical elements and technological processes, identifying mistakes and correcting them. You will produce a stereo mix.

Entry requirements

Grade C in GCSE Music or Grade 4 Theory and Grade 5 practical.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact William De Ferrers School directly.

Last updated date: 22 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years