A LEVEL MUSIC TECH
Qualification: A-Level Music Technology (Edexcel)
Course Length: 2 Years
Available for: Year 12-13
Entry Requirements: Grade 5 in GCSE Music and/or a Distinction in Level 2 Rock School/Music Technology or BTEC Music/Music Technology. Entry to Morpeth Sixth Form requires students to have at least 5 GCSEs at Grade 5 and a minimum of Grade 4 in Maths and English.
Why study this subject?
Sound plays an important role in all of the media we see on a daily basis. Imagine playing a computer game, watching a film or TV show or using a mobile app without any sound effects or music – or imagine listening to a piece of music that was poorly recorded. It would have a drastic effect on your overall experience. In A-level Music Technology, you will learn to record, edit and produce music to a high standard using industry standard hardware and software. You will develop a critical ear, being able to identify production techniques used by some of the world’s most famous producers. You will also develop the skills needed to manipulate and arrange audio, working with musicians to achieve the best possible sound.
How is the course structured?
There are four units in total for A-Level Music Technology. Two coursework assessments will include recording and sequencing music and creating your own composition. There are also two exams, one of which will test your listening and analysing skills and the other is a practical exam, allowing you to demonstrate your skills in manipulating audio and fixing sound recordings.
How is the course assessed?
Each coursework assignment counts for 20% of the qualification. The first exam paper is 35% and the practical exam is 25%.
What are the opportunities if I choose this course?
In addition to your musical studies at Morpeth, you will be offered a wide range of extracurricular and performance opportunities such as playing with the Morpeth Jazz Band, Pulse and the Morpeth Orchestra. You will also be entitled to receive free instrumental tuition on up to two instruments as well as one-to-one theory lessons. You can also be entered for graded exams if you choose. Morpeth Music Department ensembles have performed to audiences of thousands in the UK, New York, Madrid, South Africa and the Hague. The department has strong links with the Barbican, Guildhall, Serious, Taylor Guitars, Höfner and Digital Village. Through these wonderful links, you will have the opportunity to find out more about music careers from industry professionals and take part in fantastic workshops and performance events. Morpeth Music Department ensembles have performed to audiences of thousands in the UK, New York, Madrid, South Africa and the Hague The department has strong links with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, the Barbican, Guildhall, Serious, Taylor Guitars, Höfner and Digital Village. Through these wonderful links, you will have the opportunity to find out more about music careers from industry professionals and take part in fantastic workshops and performance events.
Where do I go next?
The high-quality teaching and learning plus our fantastic facilities will equip you with the right skills to study music at degree level. The A-level Music Technology course will also enable you to visit University Music departments to support you in making the right decision for your future.