Year 9 Options - Music Technology

WHY THIS SUBJECT IS IMPORTANT

This course will help you to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of the music technology industry in a practical way. It will enable you to acquire, develop and apply the skills and knowledge required to take this subject area further into ‘A’ Level, BTech or employment in the creative industries. This may be as a music producer or sound engineer, or it may lead into another area of music or the creative business.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

The course is split into four units accounting for 50% of the marks. These units are:

Unit 1 – Using a Digital Audio Workstation - This unit will allow you to develop skills in operating a DAW creatively using audio, MIDI, hardware and editing tools. You will create a musical project to a specified brief, reflecting industry skills.

Unit 2 – Creating Music - You will develop skills to analyse stylistic elements of music and develop a piece of music based on a specific style. You will review the technical and creative processes.

Unit 3 – Studio Recording - You will plan and undertake a recording session for a given scenario, produce and mixdown your recording and review the final piece.

Unit 4 – Sound Creation - You will explore how sound can be manipulated and edited for films, TV adverts and similar media applying your knowledge to a given brief. You will create and review your own original sound creation project.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

All internally assessed work will take one or more of the following forms and follow the format of PLAN, DO, REVIEW:

♫     Composition(s) related to the unit of work

♫     Recorded and edited live music

♫     Written or video evidence to support understanding

There are a further two, 2-hour exams accounting for 50% of the course based on your learning from the four units.  Exam 1 – Written Assessment – Externally Assessed (15%) – short-answer and listening questions.  Exam 2 – Practical Assessment – Externally Assessed (35%) – creative and technical manipulation of musical material to a given brief.

This course is focused on technology and the use of specific software to manipulate music however, there is also a significant amount of composition and sound creation for which you will need to develop a good understanding of music theory. It will also be beneficial to have or develop some proficient keyboard skills.