George Salter Academy

George Salter Academy in West Bromwich, Sandwell, is a mixed comprehensive school for 11 to 16 year olds.

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Music (Technology)

GCE AS and A Level

Are you:

  • Keen to learn to be a studio engineer/producer and record music?
  • Interested in the way popular music has evolved?
  • Someone who enjoys listening to music?
  • Fascinated to learn about the development of music technology?

If yes, then A Level Music Technology is the course for you!

Recorded music dates back to the 1800s when Thomas Edison invented the phonograph and recordings were only available to the wealthy. Since then music technology has evolved to the point where music is now freely accessible to anyone, at anytime and on a variety of playback devices. If you listen to any piece of music, from any time period, then that music has been recorded, produced, composed or arranged by someone. This course enables you to be that someone by teaching you the skills of recording, composing using technology and learning to use your ears more critically when listening to or creating music.

Exam board/specification

Edexcel 8MT01/9MTO1

Entry requirements

Minimum of a grade C in GCSE Music or a merit or above in BTEC music and preferably basic skills on an instrument. If none of those requirements are met then a student may be able to access the course if they can demonstrate previous Music Technology skills through a portfolio of their own sequenced/ composed music.

Progression routes from this course

The course provides an excellent foundation for students who wish to study Music Technology and Sound Engineering to degree level.

AS Modules/Units

  • Component 1: Multi-track Recording (8MT0/01)
  • Component 2: Technology-based composition (8MT0/02)
  • Component 3: Listening and analysing Exam (8MT0/03)
  • Component 4: Producing and analysing Exam (8MT0/04)

AS Assessment

  • Component 1 (8MT0/01) – 20% of overall course (coursework – ongoing assessment)
  • Component 2 (8MT0/02) – 20% of overall course (coursework – ongoing assessment)
  • Component 3 (8MT0/03) – 25% of overall course (external exam)
  • Component 4 (8MT0.04) – 35% of overall course (external exam)

 

A2 Modules/Units

  • Component 1: Multi-track Recording (9MT0/01)
  • Component 2: Technology-based composition (9MT0/02)
  • Component 3: Listening and analysing Exam (9MT0/03)
  • Component 4: Producing and analysing Exam (9MT0/04)

A2 Assessment

    • Component 1 (9MT0/01) – 20% of overall course (coursework – ongoing assessment)
    • Component 2 (9MT0/02) – 20% of overall course (coursework – ongoing assessment)
    • Component 3 (9MT0/03) – 25% of overall course (external exam)
    • Component 4 (9MT0.04) – 35% of overall course (external exam)

 

 

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