Music Technology A-Level at Treviglas Community College
Music technology A level includes sequencing, recording, remixing/arranging and listening to/appraising music. Much of the practical work is centred on using the software and hardware in the music department. This includes Logic Pro 9, iMacs, the recording desk and the microphones.
If you love making music, sound creation, listening to music and recording then this could be the course for you. It is between 60% – 70% coursework and the remainder of the qualification is made up with examinations.
The tasks include creating sequenced exact replicas of given tracks (tracks in the past have included ‘La La La’ by Naughty Boy (ft. Sam Smith), ‘Gotta Get Thru This’ by Daniel Bedingfield and ‘Ready for the Floor’ by Hot Chip). There are also recording tasks where you are required to record a live band using multitrack techniques. You are also required to undertake remixing/arranging and composition tasks – such as turning ‘Rolling in the deep’ into a Dubstep track, or transforming ‘Seven Nation Army’ into a Reggae track.
AS Unit 1 (70%)
Task 1a: Sequenced Performance of a given track (e.g.’Tainted Love’ by Soft Cell)
Task 1b: Recorded live band. Recorded, edited, mixed and masted.
Task 1c: Creative Sequenced Arrangement (e.g. ‘Rolling in the deep’ remixed as a dubstep track)
Completion of the logbook.
Unit 2 (30%)
Preparation for the listening examination:
105 minute examination, responding to 6 tracks on a CD in terms of music technology, genre, melody, harmony, rhythm, etc.
Unit 3 (60%)
Task 3a: Integrated Sequenced Performance of a given track (e.g. ‘Ready for the Floor’ by Hot Chip)
Task 3b: Recorded live band including 4 acoustic instruments. Recorded, edited, mixed and masted.
Task 3c: Composition responding to a set brief that uses Music Technology
Completion of the logbook.
Unit 4 (40%)
Preparation for the ‘Analysing and Production’ examination:
120 minute examination where candidates are required to work with 4 audio or MIDI tracks, correct mistakes, mix and arrange all the given tracks together and respond in detail to questions about music technology.
A grade C or above at GCSE Music is required, but we appreciate that this sometimes cannot be the case. If this isn’t the case then we will consider students who have regular music tuition (in or out of college) on an instrument/voice and students who regularly take part in music making activities (such as college productions, bands, choirs etc).
This is because the course requires you to be able to play and/or sing to a reasonable standard in order that you can practically undertake and appreciate all of the tasks. For much of the sequencing and arranging coursework, some basic keyboard/piano skills are required.
AS Music Technology:
Unit 1 (70%) externally marked coursework
Unit 2 (30%) externatly marked examination
A2 Music Technology
Unit 3 (60%) externally marked coursework
Unit 4 (40%) externatly marked examination
Students who have successfully taken A Level Music technology have often gone on to study aspects of music and music technology in further education. Such aspects include Sound Production, Popular Music, Creative Sound Technology, etc. From these courses, and from pathways directly following A Levels, students have found careers in music performace and production both in Cornwall and further afield.
Music Technology is a multi skilled course. The skills involved are vast but include include creativity, specialist ICT skills (hardware and soft ware), presentation skills, independent and group work skills and listening skills – to name but a few. These skills are extremely valuable and very transferable to a huge range of careers and pathways.
Having anything with ’music’ on your CV always invites positive discussions at interview – everyone has feeling about music!
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Treviglas Community College directly.