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A Level Music Technology at Lady Margaret School

Course description

You will study three main areas of knowledge:

1. The principle and practice of music technology,
2. Popular music since 1910
3. The development of music technology since 1910.

This course is a very practical and involves lots of opportunities to interact with music production equipment. You will mainly be based at a computer workstation, but will also be using the school’s recording studio.

Entry requirements

It is desirable that students embarking on the course should show the equivalent level of practice and understanding equivalent to a grade B at GCSE. They should also have some instrumental or vocal expertise. You should also be interested in Music Technology

Assessment

The course is assessed by Edexcel. The AS year is made up of 2 units:
Unit 1: Music Technology Portfolio 1 70% of total AS marks
Unit 2: Listening and Analysing 30% of total AS marks

Unit 1 is a coursework unit made up of three tasks. Task 1a) involves reproducing a song using only computer software. Task 1b) involves recording a song using the microphones and equipment in the recording studio. Task 1c) involves arranging a piece of music in a new style using the computer software.

Unit 2 is an examination in which students are tested on their knowledge of popular music genres and the technological processes associated with them. This is quite a fun unit to study for because of the contemporary nature of the music. Students often know or enjoy the music of the artists/bands we study.

The A2 year is made up of two units:
Unit 3: Music Technology Portfolio 2 60% of total A2 marks
Unit 4: Analysing and Producing 40% of total A2 marks

Unit 3 is a coursework unit made up of three tasks. Task 3a) involves reproducing a song on a computer and recording certain aspects of it in the studio. Task 3b) involves recording a song using the microphones and equipment in the recording studio. Task 3c) involves composing a piece of music to a set brief using the computer software.

Unit 4 is an examination in which students are primarily tested on their ability to manipulate and produce music on a computer. They are also tested on their knowledge of the development of music technology

Future opportunities

Careers using Music Technology include those of Sound Engineer, Record Producer and Teacher. Some composers, such as Arvo Pärt, began their professional life as Sound Engineers.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 April 2015
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