The course details are contained within the files posted below. The course has three main elements
Music Technology Skills (National 5)
In this Unit, learners will develop a range of skills and techniques relating to the
creative use of music technology hardware and software to capture and manipulate
audio. Learners will explore a range of uses of this technology through practical
Understanding 20th and 21st Century Music (National 5)
In this Unit, learners will develop knowledge and understanding of 20th and 21st
century musical styles and genres, and an understanding of how music technology has
influenced and been influenced by 20th and 21st century musical developments.
Learners will develop a broad understanding of the music industry, including a basic
awareness of the implications of intellectual property rights.
Music Technology in Context (National 5)
In this Unit, learners will use music technology skills in a range of contexts such as live
performance, radio broadcast, composing and/or sound design for film, TV themes,
adverts and computer gaming.
Protools - Recording Live Guitar with Effects
Protools - Mixing
Protools - Using MIDI
Protools - Using Elastic Audio
How to Set-up a Reverb Bus in Protools
How to Set-up Compression in Protools
1. Setting up Pro Tools
2. Adding MIDI Sounds
3. Recording MIDI
4. Editing MIDI
5. MIDI Input Using the Pencil Tool
6. Adding Audio Loops
7. Velocity & Sustain
11. Reverse Audio
8. Editing Audio
10. Low/High Pass Filter
12. Record Boom in Pro Tools (Audio)
Course assessment structure:
Component 1 — assignment 70 marks
Component 2 — question paper 30 marks
Component 1 — assignment
The purpose of the assignment is to assess practical application of knowledge and skills from the Units to plan, implement and evaluate a creative production using music technology.
The assignment will be a meaningful and appropriately challenging task requiring challenge and application. The learner will draw on and apply technological and musical skills and knowledge, at an appropriate level, developed through the units of the Course. The creative production may be in any appropriate context, such as (but not limited to) live performance, radio broadcast, composing and sound design for film,
TV themes, adverts and computer gaming.
Time will be required for:
preparation for the assignment, which could include considering exemplars and practising required skills
carrying out the stages of the assignment
evaluating the process and completed product
The completed product should clearly demonstrate application of knowledge and skills, at an appropriate level, from each of the three Units of the Course (as defined in the Further mandatory information on Course coverage section of this document).
The assignment will have 70 marks (70% of the total mark).
Marks will be awarded for:
Planning the production 15 marks
Implementing the production 45 marks
Evaluating the production 10 marks
Evidence should include:
a formal plan for the production, which includes explanations and justifications for all decisions relating to technological and musical aspects of the production (in written, electronic and/or oral form)
the completed audio master
a record of progress through the task (such as an electronic log or diary maintained by the learner)
a short report evaluating the production (in written, electronic and/or oral form)
Component 2 — question paper
The purpose of the question paper is to assess breadth of knowledge from across the Units, depth of understanding, and application of this knowledge, understanding and listening skills to answer appropriately challenging questions.
This question paper will give learners an opportunity to demonstrate the following skills, knowledge and understanding:
knowledge and understanding of 20th and 21st century musical styles and genres, musical concepts and aspects of music technology
The question paper will have 30 marks (30% of the total mark).
It will consist of questions in response to music excerpts in a range of 20th and 21st century styles and genres. A range of question types will be used, assessing understanding of relevant musical and technological concepts.
All questions in the paper are compulsory.
This question paper will be based on application of the concepts listed in the tables provided in the Further mandatory information on Course coverage section of this document.