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Music Technology A Level at Aquinas College

Course description

Music technology is the perfect subject choice for anyone who wishes to be involved in the huge music production industry. Yet it is also a valuable qualification for entrance into other careers too. It is a creative/IT combination subject.

Multi-media is a huge employment area and can only become more important as the role of the internet grows in all areas of life. Already, creative individuals who are computer literate are in demand in the work marketplace. The skills learned on this subject are also extremely useful and enriching generally, both in the workplace and for pleasure.

Course content

Component 1: Recording (20%)

Students will capture, edit and mix one recording, chosen from a list of 10 songs. There will be 5 compulsory instruments to record and 2 optional instruments.

Component 2: Technology-based composition (20%)

Students will choose one brief from three set briefs and compose a technology-based composition. Synthesis and sampling/audio manipulation and creative effects use must be included.

Component 3: Listening and analysing written exam (25%)

Students will answer questions that require knowledge and understanding of recording and production techniques and principles, in the context of a series of unfamiliar commercial recordings supplied by the board.

Component 4: Producing and analysing written and practical exam. (35%)

Students will answer questions and perform production tasks that require knowledge and understanding of editing, mixing and production techniques.

Entry requirements

Grade 4 in both GCSE English Language and Maths + 4 grade Cs in other subjects (which could include English Literature grade 4) 

Future opportunities

Careers; Sound engineer, producer, composer, radio, sound designer, technician, acoustician.

Further study; Music Production, Pop Music, Electronic Music, Acoustics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Aquinas College directly.

Last updated date: 22 September 2017
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