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Music Technology A Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Royal Hospital School

Course description

To foster creativity and skills in the use of the latest technology and to equip pupils with up-to-date knowledge for their future work in the studio-music environment.

Music Technology allows you to experiment with recording equipment and computer technology, arrange and compose music and learn about popular music, from rock’n’roll to reggae, heavy metal to hip hop. It also provides an excellent basis for life long learning and leads to many opportunities in Higher Education and career possibilities.

Course content

You will produce a portfolio CD supported by an accompanying written logbook containing the following:
1: Sequenced Realised Performance
A performance from a noted score.
2: Multi-Track Recording
8-12 track close-mic and direct-inject recording of a piece of the pupil’s choice from Popular Music since 1910.
3: Creative Sequenced Arrangements
An arrangement using computer software, showing creative development and/or manipulation of the chosen musical material.

The AS listening exam will assess knowledge of Popular Music since 1910, and understanding of sequencing and recording techniques.
You will produce a second portfolio CD, again supported by a written logbook. This contains:
1: Sequence Integrated Performance
A performance integrating live audio and other tracks, which sequenced tracks.
2: Multi-Track Recording
12-24 live track recording using close-mic and direct inject capture.
3: Composing using Music Technology
A 3-4 minute composition based on a chosen task brief.

The A2 practical exam requires pupils to use musical production software to review given musical material, comment on musical elements and technological processes, identify and correct mistakes, and produce a final stereo mix.


Exams and practical assessments.

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How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 June 2015
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Key information

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