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Music Technology A Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Felsted School

Course description

Students will study pop music from 1910
until the present day. This alone can’t be
covered in lessons so there is an
expectation of a lot of independent study
and listening. The written and practical
coursework accounts for over 60% of the
overall marks so it’s expected that pupils
will find at least four hours per fortnight
in which they can work independently in
the recording studio. They will complete
most of the written tasks away from the
studio.

Course content

Music Technology is ideal for students
with an interest in music, ICT, the media
and sound engineering. The course is
divided into three main areas of study:
 
1. The Principles and Practice of Music Technology.
2. Popular Music Styles since 1910.
3. The Development of Technology-based Music (A2 only).

Entry requirements

At least a grade C at GCSE or a pass at
grade five theory is advisable. Keyboard
skills are preferable but not essential. The
course utilises Mac Pro computers running
Logic Pro 9 audio software.

Assessment

AS Level: 70% is coursework and
this takes the form of a recorded
portfolio containing the following
three items:
 
Task 1
Sequenced Realised Performance
Students must make an effective and
musical sequenced performance of a
piece set by the exam board using
MIDI data, synthesisers and
samplers.
 
Task 2
Multi-track Recording
Students produce a multi-tracked
recording of a piece in either a jazz
or pop style using a variety of
techniques.
 
Task 3
Creative Sequenced Arrangement
This task involves arranging one of
two prescribed pieces into another
style. For example, it may be to
arrange “Amazing Grace” into a funk
style using a variety of technologies.
 
The remaining 30% takes the form
of a listening and analysing paper in
which pupils’ aural perception and
historical and technological
knowledge is tested.
 
A Level: students produce another
similar portfolio, this time being
60% of the total mark, containing
the following:
 
Task 1
Sequenced Integrated Performance
Students must make an effective and
musical sequenced performance of a
piece set by the exam board with the
addition of live vocals and overdubs.
 
Task 2
Multi-track Recording
Students produce a multi-tracked
recording of a piece in either a jazz
or pop style using a variety of
techniques.
 
Task 3
Composing using Music
Technology
This is a composition lasting around
three minutes from a choice of two
prescribed topics set by the exam
board. This may include music for
film and television.
 
The final paper is a two
hour long practical which includes
the use of sequencing software to
manipulate and edit audio and MIDI
data to produce a final stereo mix
which is submitted on CD.

 

Future opportunities

Students with this qualification have gone
on to work in the music industry as
producers, engineers, technicians (both
theatre and recording studios), radio, and
television.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years

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    • **FEES PAYABLE**

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