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Music Technology

Intent

  • To ensure all pupils become fluent when using music sequencing software.
  • To widen pupils’ knowledge of musical genres and styles.

 

Content

Pupils will learn to, successfully, navigate industry standard music sequencing software to compose, remix, and record both audio and MIDI information. Pupils will be able to set up and operate a digital audio workstation featuring MIDI controllers, audio sources and audio outputs. Several methods of musical composition using technology will feature throughout the course leading to pupils being able to ownership of how they create music.

 

Implementation

Music Technology is split into four areas of study to help breakdown the delivery. Each topic has a link to the previous topic so pupils can see a connection and development within their work. Pupils learn the content by producing written, audio and video evidence of their skills. The four areas of study are:

  • operating music sequencing software;
  • composing music using a digital audio workstation;
  • recording multitrack audio;
  • audio mixing techniques.

 

Assessment

Various assessment methods are used in music technology for different key stages. Key Stage 3 will complete written workbooks evidencing their skills of the four main areas of study shown above. Key Stage 4 pupils will begin to study The Rock School Music Practitioner’s course starting in the 19/20 academic year. This will feature two coursework based units and an external assessed unit featuring a given project brief. Key Stage 4 pupils will complete workbooks of the four areas of study as preparation for The Rock School course.

 

Impact

Music technology at Derby Pride Academy uses the latest, industry standard, equipment to deliver real world skills in the music sector. The skills and equipment used will enable learners to have sufficient knowledge to succeed in real life music tech situations and flourish in professional environments.

 

The Rock School course implemented next year features three areas of study providing pupils with a background knowledge of key musical genres, the ability to run a multitrack recording session and the skills need to create their own composition to a given brief.

 

Numeracy and literacy feature heavily in music technology and pupils document their knowledge, skills and fluency on the software through written, verbal and video evidence.

 

Cross Curricular links

Vocabulary

Events / people / places

Concepts

Procedures

Connectives for advanced writing.

 

Connotative meaning behind musical styles.

 

Literacy

Starters identifying key terminology.

 

Numeracy around time signatures, tempo and additive production.

 

 

Study of different genres and advancements in Technology.

 

Links to diegetic and non-diegetic music in media production and film.

 

Notable Historic events and the music surrounding them.

 

 

 

Study of the art and fashion surrounding different musical genres.

 

 

 

 

Data sharing IT.

 

Written workbook evidence.

 

Career Links

Performance

Composition

Production / Technology

Publishing and Media

Music Industry

Performing artist

 

Session musician

 

DJ

 

Lyricist

 

Recording musician

 

Song writer

 

Jingle writer

 

Foley artist

 

Film Music

 

Video game composer

 

Sound designer

 

Sound Engineer

 

Producer

 

Radio DJ

PRS Worker

 

Music Lawyer

 

Public relations and advertising

 

Label lead

A and R representative

 

Music journalist

 

Music educator

 

Booking agent

 

Concert promoter