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Music Technology A Level at Beths Grammar School

Course description

AS and A Level music technology courses offer you opportunities to extend your music technology skills. Practice in the development of musical techniques of composition in a wide range of styles and genres are an integral part of the course, as is the development of listening and other aural skills. The course is a well-balanced and accessible course of study in Music Technology which will enable you to develop skills, challenge and extend them.

Course content

A Level

Component 1: Recording
Externally assessed. 60 Marks. 20% of the A Level.
Assessment: One recording will be made from a chosen list of songs provided by Pearson, consisting of a minimum of five compulsory instruments and two additional instruments. The total recording time of the music must be in-between 3 to 3 ½ minutes. A logbook will be completed and submitted with the recording.

Component 2: Technology-based composition
Externally assessed. 60 Marks. 20% of the A Level.
Assessment: One technology-based composition will be completed from a set of three briefs set by Pearson. It will focus on synthesis, sampling/audio manipulation and creative effects. The composition should last three minutes. A logbook will be completed and submitted with the composition.

Component 3: Listening and Analysing
Written examination externally assessed. 75 Marks. 25% of the A Level.
Assessment: One written paper of 1 ½ hours comprising of two sections:
Section A: Listening and analysing - four questions, each based upon unfamiliar commercial recordings. (40 Marks)
Section B: Two essay questions. One comparison question, which uses two unfamiliar commercial recordings. (15 Marks) Essay two uses a final unfamiliar commercial recording to get you to evaluate the wider musical context of the piece.

Component 4: Producing and Analysing
Written practical examination externally assessed. 105 Marks. 35% of the A Level.
Assessment: One practical written exam of 2 ¼ hours comprising of two sections:
Section A: Producing and analysing – five questions related to audio and MIDI that will require both written and practical tasks. (85 Marks)
Section B: Extended written response – one essay on a specific mixing scenario, signal path, effect or music technology hardware unit. (20 Marks)

 

Entry requirements

Grade 6 at GCSE in Music if studied OR grade 6 at GCSE in English Language or English Literature

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 February 2018
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