Music Revision and Support

Knowledge Organisers for Music Technology can be found HERE

Synoptic Project (NEA)

Written Examination (EA)

What content does this cover?

 

AO1: Recall knowledge and show understanding

Recall and communicate the fundamental elements of knowledge and understanding.

 

AO2 Apply knowledge and understanding

Apply their knowledge and understanding to real-world

contexts and novel situations.

 

AO3 Analyse and evaluate knowledge and understanding

Develop analytical thinking skills to make reasoned judgements and reach conclusions.

 

AO4 Demonstrate and apply relevant technical skills, techniques and processes

Demonstrate the essential technical skills relevant to the

vocational sector by applying the appropriate processes, tools and techniques.

 

AO5 Analyse and evaluate the demonstration of relevant technical skills, techniques and processes.

Analyse and evaluate the essential technical skills,

processes, tools and techniques relevant to the vocational sector.

 

The NEA is based on one genre of music, chosen by NCFE through a brief.

What content does this cover?

 

AO1: Recall knowledge and show understanding

Recall and communicate the fundamental elements of knowledge and understanding.

 

AO2 Apply knowledge and understanding

Apply their knowledge and understanding to real-world

contexts and novel situations.

 

AO3 Analyse and evaluate knowledge and understanding

Develop analytical thinking skills to make reasoned judgements and reach conclusions.

 

The exam is based on the range of genres of music and technical processes covered in the specification. It will also cover areas of the History of Music Technology and roles, organisations and processes within the Music Industry.

How should I revise?

This section requires you to write about what you’re planning to do, as well as actually do it in a music industry-style assignment (eg. Create music for a podcast, etc.) 

 

The NEA will take place over 17 hours, plus 2 hours research and preparation time. Not all of this takes place in one sitting, so you have time in between to think about it and practise any techniques you need. 

 
  • Keep referring back to the brief. A copy of it will be available in your book, but not in Google Classroom.
     

  • Use the examples from lessons to decide what is the key important information to include on your Research Support Pack.
    Tip: If you don’t remember how to do something, put a reminder in your Research Support Pack (however small you think it is!)
     

  • Keep notes and take screenshots as you create your composition - this will make writing up easier.
     

  • Use time away from the controlled time to practise what you want to create in Logic Pro X. You can’t take the practice Logic files into the controlled time (this is against the rules), but practice means you will use your time more effectively in controlled time.
     

  • Unsure of a specific technique? There are loads of YouTube videos on most techniques in Logic Pro X to refer to.

How should I revise?

This part of the qualification is similar to a usual exam. There are different types of questions throughout this exam:

 
  • Short mark questions will often ask about identifying a function, piece of equipment, or an effect. The best technique to practise these type of recalling questions are: Flashcards, Mind Maps and Brain Dumps

 
  • For longer-mark questions, such as the ‘Evaluate’ 6-8 markers and ‘troubleshooting a mix’ 12-markers, practice planning how to write the answer before you start writing it. Planning will help you achieve those higher bands.

 
  • For planning questions in timed conditions, try using the Pomodoro Technique - aim to plan for a set number of minutes before attempting other question/s for a few more minutes, then go back and set yourself time to answer the extended question.
     

  • Listen to lots of music, of different genres from the 1950s onwards,  and note down the musical and technical aspects of it. Use your Listening & Analysing logs to help you identify key tracks for each genre covered in the specification.

Key Revision Techniques:

Mind Maps

Flash Cards

Note taking from YouTube videos

Practising techniques in Logic Pro X before controlled time

Key Revision Techniques:

Brain Dumps - for key concepts / musical genres

Mind Maps - for key concepts / musical genres

Pomodoro Technique for extended questions

Flashcards - for key words.

Useful Resources

 

Useful Resources