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A Level Music Technology at Wadebridge School

Course description

Edexcel GCE Music Technology specification involves much practical work and encourages the cultivation of a wide range of skills. Students will have the opportunity to sequence MIDI and audio, record live instruments, produce CDs and compose using music technology. They will also build an understanding of the technical processes and principles that underpin effective use of music technology, and comment on it in writing.

Course content

AS Level

Unit 1 Music Technology Portfolio (coursework)
Students will learn and use a variety of music and music technology skills in order to complete this unit. MIDI sequencing and multi-track recording as well as arranging skills are all key components assessed through the practical work carried out. Students must complete three tasks which together make the Music Technology Portfolio 1:
„Task 1A: Sequenced Realised Performance
„Task 1B: Multi-track Recording
„Task 1C: Creative Sequenced Arrangement.
Students will also submit a logbook that will provide information on the resources used in each task as well as assessed questions on their creative sequenced arrangement.

Unit 2 Listening and Analysing (Exam)
This unit provides students with an opportunity to study the styles most common in popular music. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate this knowledge using aural discrimination skills. 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 overview of the main styles and trends during the development of popular music.

A2 Level

Unit 3 Music Technology Portfolio (coursework)
Unit 3 builds on skills acquired in Unit 1, and extends these to include a composition task. It involves detailed study of Area of Study 3: The Development of Technology based Music. Students must complete three tasks which together make the Music Technology Portfolio 2:
„Task 3A: Sequenced Integrated Performance
„Task 3B: Multi-track Recording
„Task 3C: Composing using Music Technology.
Students will also submit a logbook which will provide information on the resources
used in each task.

Unit 4 Analysing and Producing (Exam)
Students will be expected to demonstrate their knowledge of music and the principles of music technology through a series of written commentaries, manipulations and production tasks using material provided on an examination paper and recorded on an audio CD. The examination will test students’ musical understanding, their ability to manipulate and correct recorded music and their ability to write commentaries on technological processes. They will also be tested on their ability to produce a balanced stereo mix.

Entry requirements

Students are required to reach the Wadebridge Sixth Form Level 3 entry criteria. An ideal candidate would be an active musician with instrumental skills, theoretical knowledge and a keen interest in technology. It would be most advantageous to have achieved a high grade at GCSE level. 

Future opportunities

There are many important opportunities in higher education, and many career possibilities, for those proficient in handling music technology. The GCE in Music Technology has been widely accepted by higher education providers, and this Music Technology Advanced GCE will continue to provide valuable experience and preparation for students aiming to progress to higher education in the subject. Careers in music technology include record producing, sound engineering and teaching.

Further information

Independent Study Time:

Students will support and develop musical skills both in the classroom and independently. Your regular independent study will include: 
Regular practise on your instrument(s)
Regular group music making 
Developing listening and analysis skills

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 April 2015

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