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Music Technology at Magdalen College School

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SUMMARY OF UNITS: Unit 1: Music Technology Portfolio 1

Task 1A: Sequenced Realised Performance

Task 1B: Multi-track Recording

Task 1C: Creative Sequenced Arrangement.

Students will also submit a logbook that will provide information on the resources used in each task as well as assessed questions on their creative sequenced arrangement.

Unit 2: Listening and Analysing

This unit provides students with an opportunity to study the styles most common in popular music. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate this knowledge using aural discrimination skills.

Students are required to study the development of popular music styles from 1910 through to the present day. This is not intended to be a comprehensive and in-depth study of every popular, jazz or rock music style, but an overview of the main styles and trends during the development of popular music. Two special focus styles will be selected each year for more in depth study. For the special focus styles, in addition to the main fingerprints of the style, students will be expected to have an extended knowledge and understanding of context.

Unit 3: Music Technology Portfolio 2

Unit 3 builds on skills acquired in Unit 1, and extends these to include a composition task. It involves detailed study of Area of Study 3: The Development of Technology based Music.

Students must complete three tasks which together make the Music Technology Portfolio 2:

Task 3A: Sequenced Integrated Performance

Task 3B: Multi-track Recording

Task 3C: Composing using Music Technology.

Students will also submit a logbook which will provide information on the resources used in each task.

Unit 4: Analysing and Producing

Content summary

Students will be expected to demonstrate their 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 students' musical understanding, their ability to manipulate and correct recorded music and their ability to write commentaries on technological processes. They will also be tested on their ability to produce a balanced stereo mix.

Entry requirements

Grade II music reading ability although having passed the exam is not necessary.  Grade V standard on an instrument or GCSE music.  

Future opportunities

Gain access to a range of music technology/computer-orientated careers. 

Further information

This subject combines well with Music, English, Maths ICT, History, Performing Arts, Media Studies, Theatre Studies and Drama.

For further information contact Mr I C Blunsdon.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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