Students will complete 2 coursework units during year 10 and an externally assessed controlled assessment in year 11.
The coursework units will cover the following areas:
201ta - Musical Knowledge Development - Music and Music Technology
Students will learn about the history and origins of influential music genres and use this to research 2 genres of their choice to produce an article for a music magazine. They will cover origins, significant songs and artists and imagery/fashion linked to their chosen genres.
Students will also analyse the musical elements associated with a song of their choice. They will cover features such as lyrical content, tonality, tempo, instrumentation and production techniques through their analysis.
207ta - Using a DAW - Music Technology
Students will learn about the hardware and software features associated with their chosen DAW (Reason). They will then input musical data using a MIDI device into Reason, developing their keyboard and editing skills. This process will then be evaluated and strengths and weaknesses highlighted.
For Music Technology, a composition is written, planning, writing and evaluating to the given brief. This composition needs to show the student’s understanding of specific DAW techniques as well as song-writing ability.