Music Technology

year 12

AS Level Music Technology Curriculum Edexcel

Topics covered

Music Portfolio (70%) Listening exam (30%)

Assessment

Music technology Portfolio.  This is three tasks.  Task 1 is to re-create a version of a piece set by Edexcel of music using Cubase.  Task 2 Record your own cover version of a song of your choice in the recording studio. Task 3 Complete your own arrangement of a song using Cubase in a different style, both the song and the style are stipulated by Edexcel.  Listening exam.  This exam has two sections.  Section 1 is based around the study of popular music from 1920s- the present day. Section 2 is based on Special focus works that the students will have studied during the course.  The exam will also test the student’s knowledge of music technology.

Homework

Students have 60 hours of supervised controlled conditions to complete during the course.  Some of these hours are completed in lessons, but most should be completed in the student’s free time.  Students will be expected to read around the subject and take a general interest in the developments of music technology.  Students will get specific research or essay writing tasks.

year 13

A2 Level Music Technology Curriculum EDEXCEL

Topics covered

Music Portfolio (60%) Analysing and Producing exam (40%)

Assessment

Music technology Portfolio.  This is three tasks.  Task 1 is to create a backing track of a piece of music chosen by Edexcel using Cubase and record the vocals and one other instrument.  Task 2 Record your own cover version of a song of your choice in the recording studio with at least four acoustic instruments or four percussion instruments. Task 3 Compose a piece of music based on a brief set by Edexcel.  Listening exam.  Students have to complete a practical exam using Cubase.  They will also have to answer questions about different aspects of music technology and burn a CD of their work to submit to Edexcel for marking.

Homework

Students have 60 hours of supervised controlled conditions to complete during the course.  Some of these hours are completed in lessons, but most should be completed in the student’s free time.  Students will be expected to read around the subject and take a general interest in the developments of music technology.  Students will get specific research or essay writing tasks.