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Music Technology A Level at St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School

Course description

You will mainly be taught in the Music department either in one of the teaching rooms, the computer suite or the recording studio. All coursework is now to be completed in controlled conditions in school time. You will have a combination of listening lessons, arranging lessons and sequencing lessons over the course of the year.

Course content

Sequencing and Arranging: you must produce an audio CD of three tracks. The first must be a Sequenced Realised Performance of a piece of pop or jazz supplied by EdExcel in September. The second track must be a Multi Track Recording of a piece of pop or jazz of your choice lasting between two and four minutes, use a minimum of eight tracks, contain a balanced use of close-mic and DI capture and makeuse of overdub technique. The third track must be a Creative Sequenced Arrangement of a piece of pop or jazz completed on a combination of Sibelius, Cubase and Reason. EdExcel will provide a choice of two stimuli in September for you to choose from. You will have a total of 60 hours of time to complete the work.

Listening & Understanding: a written paper consisting of a series of multiple choice, short answer and mini essay questions. You will hear several pieces of music (from the 1920 to the present day) and will be asked to comment on the musical, stylistic and technological features of the extract. The second half of the exam will be based on two special focus areas which for 2010 are Reggae and Heavy Rock.

Entry requirements

You do not need to have a GCSE in Music to take this course but must have basic keyboard skills, be able to read and write music and have a basic understanding of notation software and sequencing software. You should have at least one grade B in an essay-based subject.


Coursework and Exams in each year.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School directly.

Last updated date: 26 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years