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Music Technology AS/A Level at Kennet School

Course description

Music Technology has developed at an incredible rate. The department at Kennet houses state of the art equipment to enable you to develop and apply real skills in recording and sequencing and work with professional musicians. You will have four lessons a week to develop recording, mixing and sequencing skills. In addition to this, you will have dedicated time every week in our state of the art recording studio and you will have the opportunity to record a professional band.

Course content

There are two units at AS: • Music technology portfolio 1 35% • Listening & analysing 15% And two more at A level: • Music technology portfolio 2 30% • Analysing & producing 20% The four units above revolve around three areas of study: a. The principles and practice of music technology b. Popular music styles since 1910 c. The development of technology-based music AS listening & analysing: • 1hr 45m listening paper with multiple choice answers, short answers and answers to be written in prose. • Section A: Questions will test students’ aural perception of musical characteristics and features of the given extracts. • Section B: These questions are related to music drawn from two ‘Special Focus’ styles that will test students’ aural perception and also their wider knowledge and understanding of the style/genre. A level listening and analysing: • 2hr examination in two sections: - Section A: will test students’ musical understanding, - Section B: Question 5 will be a practical test involving the production of a balanced stereo mix.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade B or above in Music.

Future opportunities

The majority of students who have followed A level courses at Kennet have subsequently pursued degree courses in Music or Music Technology, although it can contribute to the university points score for any course.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 to 2 Years