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Music Technology - AS / A level at Kesgrave High School

Course description

Music Technology is for anyone who has a keen interest in Music Technology, who enjoys creating and listening to different styles of music and who wishes to extend their practical experience and understanding of Music Technology.

You will learn to produce performances using sequencing software in a range of musical styles and develop the skills required to make high quality recordings of musical performances. You will also learn how to compose and arrange using technology and develop your knowledge of the principles and development of Music Technology.

Course content

At the start of the course you will be taught how to use the studio and music technology equipment via practical hands on sessions. You will also be taught how to play and arrange music into a computer based sequencing package. There will also be theory lessons to help you complete the written paper.

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade C or relevant subject.


The AS qualification consists of two units:

Unit 1: Music Technology Portfolio 1
This consists of three pieces of coursework, which are submitted on an audio CD:

a)   A MIDI sequence of a piece of music that is set by EDEXCEL.

b)   A multi-track audio recording of a piece of music that is set by EDEXCEL. This 
       must includes 8-12 live instrumental or vocal tracks.

c)   A MIDI arrangement/remix of a piece of pop/rock music, chosen from two
      predefined briefs.

Unit 2: Listening and Analysing 
1 hour 45 minutes written paper that will examine two areas:

a)   In this part of the AS unit you will be required to demonstrate your ability to
       listen and write about unfamiliar music.

b)  The second part will involve questions that are based on two special focus

The A2 qualification continues in a similar manner with two units, which develop those skills learnt in the first year:

Unit 3: Music Technology Portfolio 2
This consists of three pieces of coursework:.

a)   A MIDI sequence, which also incorporates audio tracks of a piece of music that
       is set by EDEXCEL.

b)   A multi-track audio recording of a piece of music that is set by EDEXCEL. This
      must include 12-24 live instrumental or vocal tracks.

c)   A composition using music technology based on a brief that is set by 

Unit 4: Analysing and Producing 
This is a two hour exam where the candidates are given an audio CD which contains the tracks for an incomplete multi-track recording. The students must then finish this recording using a MIDI and audio sequencing program. The finished project is submitted for marking as a completed audio CD.

All work is externally assessed.

Board : Edexcel

Future opportunities

Studying Music Technology builds skills in many different areas of recording and sound production.  Students who have studied Music Technology at KHS have taken up careers in various areas of the music business such as Recording Engineers, running the live sound in theatres, composing for artists such as Rihanna and Radio Production.

Further information

For more information, contact Mr Woodley.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 July 2015
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