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Musci Technology A level at Richard Challoner School

Course description

In this course you will learn about the technical side of producing music. In the age we live in, very rarely will you hear a recording that has not been manipulated in one way or another. We look at production techniques, effects, digital and analogue recording, sequencing, scoring, arranging and the use of computers. A great deal of the year will be spent working on the large coursework requirements for which you will be required to give up time after school and at weekends in order to make use of the facilities undisturbed. We will study set pieces from a wide variety of popular music since the era of recording began.

Course content

Component 1 (20%): Recording: One recording, chosen from a list of 10 songs provided by Pearson, consisting of a minimum of five compulsory instruments and two additional instruments

Component 2 (20%): Technology-based Composition: One technology-based composition chosen from three briefs set by Pearson. This relies on synthesis and audio manipulation and must be supported by a log book.

Component 3 (25%): Listening and Analysing: Section A: Listening and analysing (40 marks) – four questions, each based on unfamiliar commercial recordings supplied by Pearson (10 marks each). Section B: Extended written responses (35 marks) – two essay questions. One comparison question, which uses two unfamiliar commercial recordings from the CD (15 marks). The second essay uses the final unfamiliar commercial recording from the CD (20 marks).

Component 4 (35%): Producing and Analysing: Section A: Producing and Analysing (85 marks) – five questions related to the audio and MIDI materials provided, that include both the written responses and practical tasks. Section B: Extended written response (20 marks) – one essay focusing on a specific mixing scenario, signal path, effect or music technology hardware unit.

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade 6 or above in Music. Minimum Grade 5 Standard on an Instrument or Voice. Keyboard skills are a big advantage.


Assessment will include 40% of the course in coursework which is all externally assessed. The final 60% is achieved through two examinations: a Listening exam where students control their own CD and a Producing exam where students work on a Digital Audio Workstation (such as Logic Pro) on set tasks.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 October 2017
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