Music Technology AS/A2 at West Coventry 6th Form (Woodlands Academy, Tile Hill Wood School, Westwood Academy)
Studying music technology at A level gives you a grounding in the history and theory behind different genres of popular music, as well as practical experience in the different methods of production required to produce popular music. Music Technology is useful even if you don’t intend to study music at a higher level. It uses a combination of skills including analysis, essay writing and ICT skills. It seems to go well with many other subjects, and in particular develops skills that you might also use in drama, theatre studies, sciences, maths and ICT.
AS Level • A portfolio of three coursework pieces, one studio based audio mixing task and two creative tasks using MIDI production skills. • A 2-hour examination on the history of popular music and development of music technology. A2 Level • A portfolio of three coursework pieces showing the creative use of more advanced audio and MIDI production techniques A 2-hour examination focussing on practical production skills and the history and development of music technology.
Standard WCSF requirements are 5 A* - C grades including English and Maths. A Key Stage 4 qualification in music or music technology is also generally required, however in exceptional circumstances entry based on other factors may be allowed following consultation with Music Technology staff.
Year 12: 60% Practical Portfolio, 40% Examination Year 13: 60% Practical Portfolio, 40% Examination, covering practical and theory
There are a number of relevant university courses including Music Technology, Music Production, Sound Recording, Broadcasting Production and Technical Theatre. Many Music degree courses include aspects of music technology composition. Possible careers in music technology can include composing and arranging, music and sound production, music management and administration and wider creative industries including theatre sound, TV and radio production.
Given the practical nature of some aspects of the course music technology is taught using a wide range of methods. Practical workshop sessions give the students the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the equipment vital for the course, including the software we use and the equipment in the recording studios at both Tile Hill Wood and Woodlands. Listening and music theory lessons focus on the development of popular music through the twentieth century, including changes in the technology used and the basic music theory behind the song writing and performance of different styles of music.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Coventry 6th Form (Woodlands Academy, Tile Hill Wood School, Westwood Academy) directly.