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A Level Music Technology at Watford Grammar School for Boys

Course description

Offered to Upper Sixth students only

AS (8MT1) With the new recording studio in operation, students now have the opportunity to broaden their musical skills in the Upper Sixth by taking an AS Level in Music Technology. This can be taken in conjunction with A2 Music or separately.

Unit 1: Music Technology Portfolio 1 Students learn a variety of music and music technology skills in order to complete this unit and these include midi sequencing, multi-track recording and arranging. To complete the portfolio, candidates have to carry out three coursework tasks which are taken under controlled conditions at School.

They are as follows. Task 1A: Sequenced realised recording Task 1B: Multi-track recording Task 1C: Creative sequenced arrangement.

A CD needs to be made which contains these three works for submission and a logbook needs to be kept up to date during the coursework period so that students can be successful in answering questions on their sequenced arrangement.

Unit 2: Listening and Analysing This unit gives students the opportunity to study some of the main styles of pop music from 1910 to the present day. Two special focus styles are chosen each year and students need to know about the main stylistic ingredients of these styles and be able to put them into context. This work is assessed via a 2 hour listening exam in the summer and each student has a copy of the relevant CD in the examination.

Entry requirements

Students wishing to enter the Sixth Form must achieve a minimum of six GCSEs at grade B. Although not essential, it is beneficial if an AS Level in Music is taken before commencement of this course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Watford Grammar School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 11 August 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years