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Sound Engineering (Music Technology) at Deanery High School and Sixth Form College

Course description

Music Technology, like other forms of technology advances rapidly. This course provides opportunities to embrace recent developments in the field. The course involves much practical work and encourages the cultivation of a wide range of skills, such as sequencing MIDI, audio, recording and mixing skills, production of studio CDs and composing using music technology. Students will also have opportunities to build and understand technical processes and principles that underpin effective use of music technology and comment on this in writing.

Course content

We follow the Edexcel specification.

AS At AS level students study 2 units of work.

Unit 1- Music Tech Portfolio 1: Students must complete 3 tasks and produce a portfolio of work on CD. The recordings must be of studio standard.

Task 1A: A sequenced realised performance. Stimulus material is provided by the exam board.

Task 1B: Multi Track Recording.

Task 1C: Creative Sequenced Arrangement.

Unit 2- Listening and Analysing: Students study the styles most common in popular music. They must demonstrate this knowledge using aural discrimination skills. Students study the development of popular music styles from 1910 to present day, including jazz, pop, rock, punk, club dance, heavy metal and more.

A2 At A2 level, students study an additional two units.

Unit 3- Music Tech Portfolio 2: This builds on the skills of portfolio 1 and extends the 3 tasks.

Task 3A: Sequenced Integrated Performance with vocals

Task 3B: Multi Track Recording with 4 acoustic instruments added.

Task 3C: Composing using Music Technology.

Log books must be submitted for each portfolio which provides information on the resources used in each task.

Entry requirements

5 GCSES at Grade 4 or above Including English language or Maths

Future opportunities

A level Music Technology is excellent preparation for a degree in Music Tech. Students could also move in to areas such as IT, Systems, Web design or education. Careers in technology, sound engineering, recording, mixing and teaching are also possible. However, many skills gained in the A level are transferrable to other careers such as Net Developer in Media/Music, Music Teacher, Technical Project Manager, Primary School, Arts Management, Computer Games musician and Software developer.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 10 November 2017
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