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Music Technology at Chislehurst School for Girls

Course description

The course focuses on your ability to capture and manipulate sounds. This is not a performance based course. You will develop your knowledge of musical terminology and analytical skills learnt at GCSE by focusing on music and technology developed from 1910 to the present day.

Course content

Year 12

Unit 1: Music Technology

Portfolio 1 - You 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. You must complete three tasks:

  • Task 1A: Sequenced Realised Performance
  • Task 1B: Multi-track Recording
  • Task 1C: Creative Sequenced Arrangement

(70% of AS, 35% of A-Level).

Unit 2: Listening and Analysing -

You are required to study the development of popular music styles from 1910 through to the present day. Two special focus styles will be selected each year for more in depth study. You will have the opportunity to demonstrate this knowledge using aural discrimination skills.

(15% of A-Level).


Year 13

Unit 3: Music Technology

Portfolio 2 - Unit 3 builds on skills acquired in Unit 1, and extends these to include a composition task. You must complete three tasks:

  • Task 3A: Sequenced Integrated Performance
  • Task 3B: Multi-track Recording
  • Task 3C: Composing using Music Technology. You will also submit a logbook which will provide information on the resources used in each task.

(30% of A-Level).

Unit 4: Analysing and Producing - You will be expected to demonstrate your 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 your musical understanding, ability to manipulate and correct recorded music and your ability to write commentaries on technological processes. You will also be tested on your ability to produce a balanced stereo mix.

(20% of A-Level).

Entry requirements

At least a Grade B in GCSE Music and/or minimum Grade 5 on your main instrument. The ability to read notation on both treble and bass clefs is essential. Keyboard/piano skills are a distinct advantage.


Year 12

Unit 1: 60 hours to produce externally assessed coursework.

Unit 2: 1 hour 45 minute listening examination.


Year 13

Unit 3: 60 hours to produce externally assessed coursework.

Unit 4: Two-hour computer-based examination.

Future opportunities

A-Level Music Technology is a gateway into university to study Music Technology for a degree. Music technology careers could include work as a sound engineer, record producer or classroom teacher. Alternatively, it is an ideal course for those who have already reached good standards in Music and want to pursue it further as part of a balanced Post-16 curriculum.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 May 2015
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