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A Level Music Technology at Ousedale School

Course description

The Music Technology course encourages students, including those who do not play a ‘traditional’ instrument, to explore their musicality and create music using technology. The emphasis throughout this course is on practical work and encourages the cultivation of a wide range of skills. Students will have the opportunity to:

  •  Sequence MIDI
  •  Sequence Audio
  •  Record live instruments
  •  Produce CDs
  •  Compose using music technology

Course content

Unit 1
During the AS course, students will prepare an audio CD for Unit 1 coursework which is externally assessed. The CD will contain 3 tracks:

Track 1: Sequenced MIDI realised performance
Track 2: Multi Track Recording
Track 3: Creative Sequenced Arrangement

Students will also submit a log book that will provide information on how they produced each track and assessed questions on the ‘Creative Sequenced Arrangement’.

Unit 2
The Listening and Analysing Exam paper provides students with an opportunity to study the styles most common in popular music from 1910 though to the present day. Students will study aural discrimination skills and develop their historical and contextual understanding of popular music.

Students wishing to study this course will need to be organised, able to meet deadlines and have an excellent attendance record.

Entry requirements

5 x A* - C at GCSE level Minimum Grade B in Music GCSE Basic Keyboard Skills Ability to read music notation Good ICT skills


Coursework: 70% (Unit 1)
Examination: 30% (Unit 2)

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years