2011 Music with Technology Intermediate 1, Intermediate

2011 Music with Technology Intermediate 1, Intermediate
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2011 Music with Technology
Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2, Higher and
Advanced Higher
Finalised Marking Instructions
Scottish Qualifications Authority 2011
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Music with Technology (X233)
Summary of minimum requirements
Folio contains:
Intermediate 1
Intermediate 2
Higher
Advanced Higher
Performing Instrument/Voice
Centre
Prepares
4 mins
MIDI Sequenced Composition
(minimum 4 tracks)
2 mins
Sound Engineering & Production
(minimum 4 parts)
3 mins
(2 pieces)
Performing Instrument/Voice
4 mins
MIDI Sequenced Composition
(minimum 4 tracks)
2 mins
Sound Engineering & Production
(minimum 4 parts and at least one of the
tracks in each piece must use a mic)
4 mins
(2 pieces)
Performing Instrument/Voice
5 mins
MIDI Sequenced Composition
(minimum 4 tracks)
3 mins
Sound Engineering & Production
(minimum 5 parts and at least one of the
tracks in each piece must use a mic)
6 mins
(2 pieces)
Performing Instrument/Voice
10 mins
MIDI Sequenced Composition
(minimum 6 tracks including one or more
digital audio parts)
3 mins
Sound Engineering & Production
(minimum 8 parts and at least one of the
tracks in each piece must use a mic;
knowledge of digital audio should be
evident)
OR
(stereo techniques master recording of
four or more musicians using four or more
microphones)
6 mins
(2 pieces)
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6 mins
(2 pieces)
SQA Samples
3 mins
3 mins
3 mins
6 mins
Additional points for guidance
In submitting Music with Technology folios, separate submissions should be made for each
candidate and should be clearly labelled with the candidate’s name.
If centres choose to submit a CD with the work of several candidates, with tracks carefully
labelled and named, this is considered acceptable. Submitting an audio cassette of
recordings may not show candidate work to full advantage and runs the risk of potential
confusion when trying to ascertain the location of each candidate’s work.
If adopting the above approach with CDs, centres are advised to submit a different CD for
each level being presented (and each area of Technology, ie MIDI Sequencing only or
Sound Engineering and Production only).
Where the term ‘tracks’ is used in Sound Engineering and Production Course and Units,
centres should be aware that several microphones used for one instrument equals one track
when considering the requirements at each level. Examples include a drum kit recorded
with multiple microphones which would only count as one ‘track’ where the requirements at
Higher level are for ‘five or more tracks and at least one of the tracks in each piece must use
a microphone’. Similarly a recording of a piano using two microphones would count as one
‘track’.
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COURSE ASSESSMENT CRITERIA: PERFORMING
PERFORMANCE ASPECTS
CRITERIA
PIECE NUMBER
1
Melodic accuracy/intonation
Excellent level
Rhythmic accuracy
Excellent level
Tempo and flow
Appropriate and musically convincing
Dynamics
Convincing
Mood and character
Conveyed with sensitivity
Tone
Melodic accuracy/intonation
Confident, convincing and well-developed
instrumental/vocal sound
A convincing and stylish performance
which demonstrates sound technique
Secure
Rhythmic accuracy
Secure
Tempo and flow
Appropriate and consistent
Dynamics
Effective
Mood and character
Conveyed securely
Tone
Melodic accuracy/intonation
Secure and effective control of
instrumental/vocal sound
A secure performance musically and
technically
Mainly accurate and generally in tune
Rhythmic accuracy
Mainly accurate
Tempo and flow
Appropriate and mainly consistent
Dynamics
Some contrast
Mood and character
Conveyed with some success
Tone
Some evidence of development and control
SUMMARY
A satisfactory performance displaying
sufficient technical and musical control
Inconsistent and/or passages of poor
intonation
Inconsistent
SUMMARY
SUMMARY
Melodic accuracy/intonation
Rhythmic accuracy
Tempo and flow
Not conveyed satisfactorily
Tone
Undeveloped
SUMMARY
The performance lacks sufficient
technical and/or musical skill to
communicate the sense of the music
Frequent inaccuracies and/or consistently
poor intonation
Frequent inaccuracies
Dynamics
Totally inappropriate speed and/or frequent
stumbling
Ignored
Mood and character
Not conveyed
Tone
Poor
SUMMARY
A poor performance with little or no
evidence of required technical and/or
musical ability
PIECE
NUMBER/MARKS
Additional comments:
MARKS RANGE
5
6
7
8
5-6
Mood and character
Tempo and flow
4
7-8
Dynamics
Rhythmic accuracy
3
9-10
Inappropriate speed and/or some breaks in
continuity
Not observed satisfactorily
Melodic accuracy/intonation
2
3-4
0-2
1
FINAL SCALED MARK
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2
/30
3
4
5
6
7
8
0-10
COURSE ASSESSMENT CRITERIA: SOUND ENGINEERING AND PRODUCTION
PERFORMANCE ASPECTS
CRITERIA
PIECES
1
Recording of individual tracks
(incl. microphone placement)
Use of controls, effects,
processes
Mix
Excellent level of accuracy and audio quality
Session log
Well maintained and completely informative
Musical performance – pitch,
rhythm, dynamics ensemble
Recording to media
Convincing in all respects
SUMMARY
A convincing and stylish production which
demonstrates appropriate musical awareness
Secure
Recording of individual tracks
(incl. microphone placement)
Use of controls, effects,
processes
Mix
Excellent; demonstrates flair
Excellent
9-10
Totally secure
Secure
Appropriate
7-8
Session log
Appropriate; most of the required information present
Musical performance – pitch,
rhythm, dynamics ensemble
Recording to media
Mainly effective
SUMMARY
A secure production musically and technically
Recording of individual tracks
(incl. microphone placement)
Use of controls, effects,
processes
Mix
Mainly secure though containing some errors; overall
satisfactory
Mainly secure but at a basic level
Session log
Satisfactory level of information; mostly appropriate
Musical performance – pitch,
rhythm, dynamics ensemble
Recording to media
Overall success, though some aspects unsatisfactory
SUMMARY
A satisfactory production displaying sufficient technical
and musical control
Inconsistent, contains errors
Recording of individual tracks
(incl. microphone placement)
Use of controls, effects,
processes
Mix
Secure naming of tracks and saving of information
Generally appropriate
5-6
Overall success, though some aspects unsatisfactory
Inconsistent
Inconsistent
3-4
Session log
Lacks most of the required evidence
Musical performance – pitch,
rhythm, dynamics ensemble
Recording to media
Inconsistent evidence of musical understanding
SUMMARY
Production lacks sufficient technical and musical skill to
communicate the sense of the music
Frequent inaccuracies; musical coherence is not maintained
Recording of individual tracks
(incl. microphone placement)
Use of controls, effects,
processes
Mix
Generally unsatisfactory; some limited success
Little or no use made
Totally lacking in musical understanding
0-2
Session log
No evidence or inaccurate statements
Musical performance – pitch,
rhythm, dynamics ensemble
Recording to media
No sense of musical understanding
SUMMARY
Poor production with little or no evidence of required
technical and musical ability
INDIVIDUAL MARKS
Additional comments:
MARKS RANGE
2
Poor
FINAL MARK
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/30
0-10
Additional reference materials for MIDI markers
The following statements are taken from the appropriate Performing with Technology Units.
At Advanced Higher Level:
Where appropriate, you will know how to use the following to enhance the music you are
entering into the sequencer or an audio track:
ambience
auxiliary send/return
crossfade
envelope (ADSR)
EQ and parametric equalizer
flanging
gate (noise) and gated reverb
harmoniser
limiter
line and mic levels
normalize
phaser
synchronisation
time compression and time expansion
transient.
At Higher Level:
(a)
You will learn how to use these Controllers:
aftertouch
delay
expression
portamento.
(b)
Where appropriate, you will know how to use the following to enhance the music you
are entering into the sequencer:
distortion
nudge
pitch shifter.
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At Intermediate 2 Level:
(a)
You will learn how to use these Controllers:
chorus depth
pitch bend
tremolo.
(b)
Where appropriate you will know how to use the following to enhance the music you
are entering into the sequencer:
chorus (effect)
fade in
fade out
fader and master fader
local
key command
merge
mix(down)
mono(phonic)
multi-timbral
overdub
punch in/out, drop in/out
remix
stereo(phonic).
At Intermediate 1 Level:
(a)
You will learn how to use these Controllers:
modulation controller
reset controller
reverb(eration)
sustain.
(b)
Where appropriate you will know how to use the following to enhance the music you
are entering into the sequencer:
dynamics/expression
effects (FX)
general (MIDI)
key change/transpose/modulation
level
loop
MIDI channel
MIDI thru
pitch
programme change
quantization
snap
solo
time signature
track list.
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COURSE ASSESSMENT CRITERIA: MIDI SEQUENCING
PERFORMANCE ASPECTS
CRITERIA
PIECE
Recording of audio track(s)
Excellent
Note programming
Excellent
Set up of tracks
Excellent level of skill
Use of effects/programme
controls
Development of musical ideas
Imaginative and totally appropriate
Balance of parts/mix
Imaginative and highly effective
File management
Totally secure naming of tracks and saving of information
SUMMARY
Recording of audio track(s)
A convincing and stylish production demonstrating appropriate
musical awareness.
Secure
Note programming
Secure
Set up of tracks
Secure
Use of effects/programme
controls
Development of musical ideas
Appropriate
Balance of parts/mix
Effective
File management
Secure naming of tracks and saving of information
SUMMARY
A secure production musically and technically
Recording of audio track(s)
Mainly secure, containing some errors, overall satisfactory
Note programming
Mainly secure, containing some errors, overall satisfactory
Set up of tracks
Mainly secure but basic
Use of effects/programme
controls
Development of musical ideas
Some evidence of use
Balance of parts/mix
Balance works overall
File management
Basic and perhaps limited. Some valid information saved.
SUMMARY
Recording of audio track(s)
A satisfactory production displaying sufficient technical and musical
control
Inconsistent and containing errors
Note programming
Inconsistent and containing errors
Set up of tracks
Inconsistent
Use of effects/programme
controls
Development of musical ideas
Inappropriate use of effects and controls
Balance of parts/mix
Not conveyed satisfactorily
File management
Generally unsatisfactory
SUMMARY
Recording of audio track(s)
Production lacks adequate technical/musical skill to convey the
musical sense
Frequent errors; musical coherence is not maintained
Note programming
Frequent inaccuracies; musical coherence is not maintained
Set up of tracks
Frequent inaccuracies
Use of effects/programme
controls
Development of musical ideas
Totally lacking at any point in the piece
Balance of parts/mix
No attempt to balance the parts; many obvious errors
File management
No file management evident
SUMMARY
A poor production; little or no evidence of required technical and
musical ability
MARKS RANGE
9-10
Appropriate and musically convincing
7-8
Appropriate
5-6
Some contrast but lacking in musical development
3-4
Lacks contrast and development
0-2
No attempt at contrast or development
Additional comments:
MARK /10
FINAL MARK /30
[END OF MARKING INSTRUCTIONS]
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