The course will explore the different ways in which Music Technology can be used to create, edit and manipulate sound. The students will learn how to set up and use a Digital Audio Workstation and professional music software, Logic Pro. They will produce a range of compositions that demonstrate their understanding of the software and which will also allow them to explore their musical creativity. Students will also learn about different types of microphones, recording and production processes, and how to plan and carry out a recording session in a studio setting. This course will build and expand on the skills, knowledge and understanding the students gained in Year 9 and will also prepare them, should they wish to take this subject area further into ‘A’ Level or BTEC.
The course is split into 4 units accounting for 50% of the course. These are:
Unit 1 – Using a Digital Audio Workstation – Internally Assessed/Externally Moderated
This unit will allow learners to develop skills in operating a DAW creatively using audio, MIDI, hardware and editing tools. Learners will create a musical project to a specified brief, reflecting industry skills.
Unit 2 – Creating Music – Internally Assessed/Externally Moderated
Learners will develop skills to analyse stylistic elements of music and develop a piece of music based on a specific style. Learners will engage in a review of technical and creative processes.
Unit 3 – Studio Recording – Internally Assessed/Externally Moderated
Learners will plan and undertake a recording session for a given scenario. Learners will produce and mix down their recording and review the final product. The recording session for this unit will take place at a weekend, which students will need to attend. This session is likely to take place in the Spring or Summer term of Year 10. The date and time will be provided nearer the time.
Unit 4 – Sound Creation – Internally Assessed/Externally Moderated
Learners will explore how sound can be manipulated and edited for films, TV adverts and similar media, applying their knowledge to a given brief. They will create and review their own original sound creation project.
All internally assessed work will take one or more of the following forms and follow the format of PLAN, DO, REVIEW:
There are a further two, 2 hour exams accounting for 50% of the course, based on students’ learning from the four units.
Exam 1 – Written Assessment – Externally Assessed (15%) – short-answer questions and listening questions
Exam 2 – Practical Assessment – Externally Assessed (35%) – creative and technical manipulation of musical material to a given brief
We would advise students to use their own headphones during lessons. However, we will provide access to headphones for those students who are unable to provide their own. We would also advise students to have access to a memory stick.
Students who take Music Technology should have completed their foundation year in Music Technology in Year 9 in order to have the skills in place for the course.
Whilst the course is focused on technology and the use of specific software to manipulate the music, there is also a significant proportion of composition and sound creation for which students will need to develop a good understanding of music theory. It will also be beneficial to have some proficient keyboards skills.
Mr B Cull – Learning Leader: Music