Music Technology A Level at Okehampton College
Edexcel’s A Level GCE in Music Technology is a course for 16+ students who would like to pursue a career in Music Production. The complete Music Technology course is broken up into 4 units over AS and A2 that cover the full spectrum of basic skills needed to progress to a higher level of study or to work in one of the many areas of music production.
Content: Students will study a range of skills relating to music production, including: Live performance, Ensemble recording, Audio and MIDI sequencing. These skills will be assessed in three pieces of course work and an exam.
Unit 1 is broken up into 3 pieces of coursework and a logbook. The full unit is worth 140 marks, 70% of the AS and 35% of the full GCE. The unit is divided up as follows:
Task 1A: Sequenced realised Performance (40 marks).
Using only MIDI Sequencing and limited non-continues audio you have to re-create a piece of music that is faithful to the original song as chosen by Edexcel.
Task 1B: Multi-track Recording (40 marks).
Record a commercially available song using only audio technology. You must record a minimum of 8 track, 4 of which should be recorded using microphones. The piece should also be between 3 and 5 minutes in length and show a range of recording techniques, instruments and use of production effects. There is not a required song for this Task but to save time and resources it is preferred that all students record the same song.
Task 1C: Creative Sequenced Arrangement (40 marks).
Arrange a piece of music based on the Edexcel exam board brief, which will be different every year. Each year you will be given the choice of two stimuli (Songs) and two Styles to combine into an arrangement that lasts for between 2 and 3 minutes and includes a minimum of 4 tracks.
Portfolio 1 Logbook (20 MarkS)
The logbook is a fairly simple document to complete, but if not done clearly and fully you will not be awarded the top marks for your 3 tasks.
Listening and Analysing Exam (Unit 2)
The final exam lasts for 1 hour and 45 minutes and is 30% of the course. This unit provides students with an opportunity to study the styles most common in popular music from 1910 to the present day. Each year the students are given 2 styles to study but each year these styles are different. This AS course can be taken on its own as a one year course, or can be part of a full A Level.
An understanding of music notation would be helpful. GCSE music is not a requirement for this course, however some experience of recording/sound production would be advantageous.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Okehampton College directly.