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Music Technology AS A2 at Elizabeth Woodville School

Course content

The course is predominantly practically orientated allowing you to develop skills in sequencing, recording techniques, the use of a wide variety of music technology and the control and interpretation of musical data.

Entry requirements

It is useful to have studied music or information technology at GCSE or intermediate GNVQ level.  Having studied a GCSE Music syllabus with a bias towards use of music technology would also be helpful.  A willingness to participate actively in the school’s musical life is also expected.


Assessment is partly by written examination and partly by coursework. AS Units (Year 12)Unit 1: Part (a) Practical Work (35%) (i)            Sequencing or Recording (15%) with structured commentary (5%) You study both sequencing and recording in the AS course but will specialise in one of them through two Areas of Study: “The development of music technology” and “Music from the Western classical tradition”. Sequencing: You will produce two sequenced, musical performances.  The first piece will be from the Western classical tradition and the second from an idiom of your choice.  You will also complete a commentary to demonstrate your understanding of the music you have sequenced. Recording: You will produce two high quality recordings of musical performances.  The first will be a 2 track stereo recording in a Western classical style.  You will produce a commentary to demonstrate your understanding of the music you have recorded.  The second will be a multi-track recording using close mic techniques.  The second recording will use music from popular or jazz styles of music. (ii)            Arranging and Improvising using technology (15%) You are required to arrange two short pieces of music.  The first piece will be a development of a short melody or folk tune using a sequencing or notation package.  The second piece will be linked with Area of Study 3: Popular Music and Jazz, and use techniques connected with sequencing (for recording specialists) or recording (for sequencing specialists).  Each piece must be submitted on Mini-disc or CD, together with a copy of the stimulus material and a commentary. Unit 1: Part (b) Written Work (15%)You will demonstrate your ability to listen to unfamiliar music and analyses musical, technical and stylistic features through a listening examination in which you will answer questions on “The Development of Technology in Music” and “Popular Music and Jazz.” A2 Units (Year 13) Unit 2: Part (a) Practical Work (30%)(i)            Sequencing, recording and producing (15%) You will record and produce two pieces from any genre.   Within these pieces, you will demonstrate your use of close mic, overdub, sequencing and multi-track recording for voice, acoustic and electronic instruments. (ii)            Composing using technology (15%) You will produce two compositions, which will use computer software and / or multi-track recording.  The first piece will be created to your own brief and the second to a brief set by Edexcel.  Both pieces should be submitted on CD or MD together with an explanation of the brief and a score in an appropriate form of notation. Unit 2: Part (b) Written Work – Listening and Analysing II (20%)A1 Analysis and discrimination (5%) A2 Controlling and interpreting MIDI data (7.5%) You will take a 1 hour CD-ROM audio and MIDI test in which you will demonstrate your use of technology through a practical exercise. Music Technology in Context (7.5%)A written exam with audio CD.  You will answer 1 question on either “Music for the Moving Image” or “Words and Music.”

Future opportunities

The Edexcel syllabus is designed to develop a variety of skills, which would enable you to work in a variety of areas within the music industry.  The course is suitable for students who wish to take music technology to College or University level, and for those who simply wish to extend their musical experience and knowledge.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Elizabeth Woodville School directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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