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Music Technology A Level at Itchen College

Course description

If you would like to take an academic subject which still involves a practical element, and will be able to help you progress to higher education or employment, this course if for you.

This course is for you if...

...you have a keen interest in music technology, and enjoy creating and listening to different styles of music and wish to extend your practical experience and understanding of music technology.

Taking this course also allows you to become a part of our Creative Arts Academy. 

Course content

You will spend a lot of your time working practically on our suite of iMacs which run Logic Pro (industry standard recording/ sequencing software). You will be encouraged to explore your musicality and to create original material using technology.

In your first year you will study two units:

Music Technology Portfolio 1

This will involve learning how to sequence MIDI and audio and recording live instruments. You will produce a CD containing three tracks.

This will consist of:

  • A recording of your own choice lasting between two and four minutes. You will use a minimum of eight tracks.
  • A sequenced realisation of a piece of music chosen by the exam board.
  • A creative sequenced arrangement developing a stimulus chosen by the exam board. This year students have the choice of arranging ‘I Want It That Way’ by The Backstreet Boys or ‘Seven Nation Army’ by The White Stripes in reggae or house style.

Listening and Analysing

Here you will learn about the main musical styles of the last 100 years and develop a basic understanding of music reading, keys and chords and the way that popular music is put together.

In the second year you will again create three practical pieces of work:

  • A sequenced performance of a piece containing sequenced MIDI as well as live tracks (including vocals)
  • A multi-track recording using a minimum of twelve tracks
  • A composition based on a brief prescribed by the exam board

Entry requirements

Five or more GCSEs at grades 9-4 and A*-C. Grade C in Music is desirable but not essential.

Additional guidance is available at interview.

Assessment

60% exam 40% coursework

Future opportunities

This course provides clear progression to university to study sound recording and employment within production is also a possible route.

Further information

Students will take part in showcases throughout the year and go on visits to theatres and music studios and perform live gigs in the local community.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 August 2016

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