Subjects

Music Technology

Why study Music Technology?

RSL MUSIC TECHNOLOGY IS A PROGRESSION FROM STUDYING MUSIC AT KS3.

It is a very practical course aimed at developing the skills required as a sound engineer or music producer. It will prepare you for further studies in Music Technology at Level 3.

What will I learn about?

There are 3 units with a combined total of 20 credits:

  • Unit 201ta – Musical Knowledge (core unit – 4 credits) Studying two contrasting contemporary styles of music.
  • Unit 207ta – Using a DAW (optional unit – 8 credits) Creating a user guide for Logic Pro X by learning how to confidently use the functions and features of this sequencing software.
  • Unit 203ta – Music Sequencing and Production (controlled external assessment – 8 credits) This unit is completed in Year 11. You will have 30 hours to plan, produce and evaluate a 3-5 minute piece of original music based around a given brief. You will demonstrate your ability to use the music productions features in Logic Pro X. This unit is externally assessed.

You will be assessed according to the RSL grading criteria and can achieve a Pass, Merit or Distinction.

What happens in lessons?

You will study a range of contemporary styles of music including pop, EDM, funk, punk, reggae and blues to develop your ability to analyse key features when listening to a song. You will develop your skills in Music Technology through a range of activities including practical composition work and music production workshops using Logic Pro X.

You will work individually for the majority of the time but may also be required to work in pairs and small groups. You will also have the opportunity to become part of the Clifton Tech Team, assisting with sound and lighting during events.

What are some of the skills I will need?

You will have a passion for music with a keen interest in how it is produced. You will need an ear for detail and excellent self-discipline as you will be required to work independently for prolonged periods of time.

An ability to play an instrument and read music notation is also recommended! You will find it useful to play an instrument and have basic keyboard skills from KS3.

Year-by-Year Subject Breakdown

In Year 7 your child will study:

  • Introduction to Elements and Notation
  • 7 Nation Army – performance project
  • Intro to Film Music – composition project
  • African Drumming
  • Keyboard skills – Love Me Tender
  • Band Skills – performance project

 

Your child’s progress will be assessed through teacher observation of rehearsals, listening tests, class quizzes and summative assessments of performances and compositions at the end of each half term.

Typical homework your child might get in Year 7 is:

  • Practising their part for a performance
  • Background research for a musician, composer or a new style of music
  • Learning keywords and definitions

In Year 8 your child will study:

  • The Blues
  • Developing Film Music – composition project
  • Hall of the Mountain King – performance project
  • Bounce – intro to remixing
  • Live Lounge Covers – performance project
  • Songwriting

 

Your child’s progress will be assessed through teacher observation of rehearsals, listening tests, class quizzes and summative assessments of performances and compositions at the end of each half term.

Typical homework your child might get in Year 8 is:

  • Practising their part for a performance
  • Background research for a musician, composer or a new style of music
  • Learning keywords and definitions

In Year 9 your child will study:

  • Reggae
  • EDM remix using Logic Pro
  • Pop through the Decades – history of pop music
  • Performance projects (solo and ensemble)

 

Your child’s progress will be assessed through teacher observation of rehearsals, listening tests, class quizzes and summative assessments of performances and compositions at the end of each half term.  They will also undertake research tasks and produce written coursework which will be assessed using RSL criteria.

Typical homework your child might get in Year 9 is:

  • Practising their instrument – this is an expectation of the course
  • Researching a particular style of music or artist
  • Watching a performance on YouTube

In Year 10 your child will study:

  • Unit 201ta – Musical Knowledge (Core unit)
  • Unit 204ta – Instrumental Study (MUSIC PERFORMANCE OPTION)
  • Unit 207ta – Using a DAW (MUSIC TECHNOLOGY OPTION)

 

Your child’s progress will be assessed according to RSL assessment criteria.  They will be assessed using teacher rehearsal observation, in-class and public performances and summative assessment of coursework to given deadlines.

Typical homework your child might get in Year 10 is:

  • Practising their instrument – this is an expectation of the course
  • Researching a particular style of music or artist
  • Learning keywords and definitions

In Year 11 your child will study:

  • Unit 202ta – Live Music Performance (EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT – PERFORMANCE)
  • Unit 203ta – Music Sequencing and Production (EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT – TECH)
  • Unit 201ta – Musical Knowledge (Core unit)
  • Unit 204ta – Instrumental Study (MUSIC PERFORMANCE OPTION)
  • Unit 207ta – Using a DAW (MUSIC TECHNOLOGY OPTION)

 

In the first half term of Y11, your child will do a mock of the external assessment which is assessed using RSL assessment criteria.  The final external assessment takes place in January to March of Y11 – your child will produce a portfolio which is submitted to the exam board and externally assessed. Your child will also complete all coursework for the internally assessed units which are formatively assessed by their Music teacher using RSL criteria.

Typical homework your child might get in Year 11 is:

  • Preparation for the external assessment
  • Improving coursework for the internally assessed units
  • It is expected that your child will practise their instrument regularly