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Music Technology at The Trinity Catholic School

Course description

1 Music Technology
Coursework – 70% of AS, 35% of A-Level
2 Listening and Analysing
Written examination – 30% of AS, 15% of A-Level
Unit 1
Students will learn and use a variety of music and music technology skills in
order to complete this unit. MIDI sequencing and multi-track recording as
well as arranging skills are all key components assessed through the practical
work carried out. Students must complete three tasks which together make the
Music Technology Portfolio 1:
• Task 1A: Sequenced Realised Performance
• Task 1B: Multi-track Recording
• Task 1C: Creative Sequenced Arrangement.
Students will also submit a logbook that will provide information on the
resources used in each task as well as assessed questions on their creative
sequenced arrangement.
Unit 2
This unit provides students with an opportunity to study the styles most
common in popular music. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate
this knowledge using aural discrimination skills. Students are required to study
the development of popular music styles from 1910 through to the present
day. This is not intended to be a comprehensive and in-depth study of every
popular, jazz or rock music style, but an overview of the main styles and trends
during the development of popular music.
Two special focus styles will be selected for more in depth study. For the
special focus styles, in addition to the main fingerprints of the style, students
will be expected to have an extended knowledge and understanding of context.

3 Music Technology
Coursework 60% of A2, 30% of A-Level
4 Developing Musical Ideas
Written examination – 40% of A2, 20% of A-Level
Unit 3
Unit 3 builds on skills acquired in Unit 1, and extends these to include
a composition task. It involves detailed study of Area of Study 3: The
Development of Technology based Music.
Students must complete three tasks which together make the Music
Technology Portfolio 2:
• Task 3A: Sequenced Integrated Performance
• Task 3B: Multi-track Recording
• Task 3C: Composing using Music Technology.
Students will also submit a logbook which will provide information on the
resources used in each task.
Unit 4
Students will be expected to demonstrate their knowledge of music and the
principles of music technology through a series of written commentaries,
manipulations and production tasks using material provided on an
examination paper and recorded on an audio CD.
The examination will test students’ musical understanding, their ability to
manipulate and correct recorded music and their ability to write commentaries
on technological processes. They will also be tested on their ability to produce
a balanced stereo mix.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Trinity Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 05 November 2014

Key information

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