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Music Technology (Edexcel) at Stanford & Corringham Sixth Form Centre

Course description

The world of music technology is in a constant state of flux. It is a big-money industry which reaches into all areas of modern music. This qualification aims to give you the skills and knowledge you need to thrive in this brave new global industry by giving you the opportunity to develop both practical skills and your aural discrimination so that your work can meet the highest standards. You will focus on getting things right throughout the process; from the capture of sounds or data input to editing, mixing and mastering your work, making the available technological resources serve your musical purposes along the way.

Course content

AS Course Content and Assessment:

Unit 1: Sequencing, Recording & Arrangement (70% AS – 35% of Total GCE) (Coursework)

Using a choice of Sibelius, Cubase, & Logic (and others) you will need to produce the following items of coursework:

One sequenced performance (stimulus provided by Edexcel)

One multi-track recording (free choice of stimulus)

One arrangement (choice from two stimuli provided by Edexcel)

The processes for producing this coursework need to be recorded in a streamlined logbook provided by Edexcel.

Unit 2: Listening & Analysing (30% AS – 15% of Total GCE) (Examination)

This is a 1 hour 45 minute examination in two sections.

Section A will be in response to music provided on CD and will be questions relating to the two areas of study mentioned below:

Section B will be on two special focus styles studied during the year (from the same list). These will be studied in much more depth, including an understanding of the development of these styles and requiring extended knowledge of these styles including the origins and development of the style and any factors which may have influenced this development. You should also have an understanding of how the styles have influenced later styles, genres and artists.

The two areas of study are:

The Principles and Practice of Music Technology

• Use of sequencing packages and associated data entry and editing skills

• Mix techniques (including appropriate choice and placement)

• Mixing and mastering techniques

• The creative use of technology in composing and arranging

• The theory necessary to understand why certain working methods are adopted in sequencing and recording

Popular Music Styles since 1910 (including the following)

  • Dixieland Jazz
  • Swing
  • Blues
  • Rhythm and Blues
  • Gospel
  • Reggae
  • Country and Western
  • Rock and Roll
  • Soul
  • Progressive Rock
  • Heavy Metal
  • Garage
  • Drum and Bass/Jungle
  • Punk Rock
  • Ambient
  • House/Acid House
  • Nu-Metal
  • Grunge
  • Indie/Alternative
  • Rap/Hip Hop




Follows on very similar lines to AS, but with more depth and knowledge expected.

Unit 3: Sequencing, Recording & Composition (60% A2 – 30% of Total GCE) (Coursework)

One sequenced performance (stimulus provided by Edexcel)

One multi-track recording (free choice of stimulus)

One composition (choice from three stimuli provided by Edexcel)

Streamlined logbook of processes followed.

Unit 4: Listening & Analysing (40% A2 – 20% of Total GCE) (Examination)

This is a 2 hour examination in two sections.

You will also be given Audio and MIDI data to import into a sequencing package, correct any mistakes, comment on aspects of the tracks, and produce a final mix down.

You will be required to answer contextual questions on some aspect(s) of the development of Music Technology in relation to the music supplied. These answers will be required in extended prose style.

PLEASE NOTE: This course could run over the 3 schools. Details of where this course will run in September will be available at a later date.

Entry requirements

This course is aimed at students who have been successful in gaining a grade 4 in GCSE Music or a Merit in BTEC Music. You don’t need to perform as part of this course but practical skills can be a benefit allowing you to produce your coursework without relying too much on others. A good understanding of music theory (literacy) will be an advantage in following this course.

Financial information

£30.00 deposit to cover all text books to be paid on enrolment day. This will be refunded at the end of your course once your books have been returned to the subject teacher.

£5.00 non-refundable payment for an Access Key Fob to access Gable Hall School, Sixth Form and St Clere's School.

Future opportunities

Career options include the opportunity to work in the Music and Entertainment industries.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 17 October 2017
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