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Music Technology A Level at St John Fisher Catholic High School

Course description

AS COURSE

Unit 1 Music Technology Portfolio
Students 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.

Students must complete three tasks:
Task 1A: Sequenced Realised Performance
Task 1B: Multi-track Recording
Task 1C: Creative Sequenced Arrangement.
Students will produce an audio CD entitled ‘Music Technology Portfolio 1’, containing three tracks of work as specified in the three tasks above, and will also present a logbook.

Unit 2 Listening and Analysing
1¾ hours examination
Students are required to study the development of popular music styles from 1910 through to the present day. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate this knowledge using aural discrimination skills.

A2 COURSE

Unit 3 Music Technology Portfolio

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

Students must complete three tasks:

Task 3A: Sequenced Integrated Performance
Task 3B: Multi-track Recording
Task 3C: Composing using Music Technology

Students will produce an audio CD entitled ‘Music Technology Portfolio 2’, containing three tracks of work as specified in the three tasks above, and will present a logbook, detailing equipment used.

Unit 4 Analysing and Producing

2 hour examination

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

Ideally GCSE Music or some evidence of regular, ongoing engagement with music technology, recording and composing in recent years. Prospective students who do not meet this requirement should contact the Head of Music at either St. Aidan’s or St. John Fisher to determine their suitability for the course. Some piano or keyboard skills and an ability to read music are essential – again please contact the music staff at either school if you are unsure.

Future opportunities

There are many important opportunities in Higher Education, and many career possibilities for those proficient in handling music technology. GCE in Music Technology has been widely accepted by higher education providers. Music Technology careers could include work as a Sound Engineer, Record Producer or Teacher.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Fisher Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 06 July 2015

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