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MUSICPRODUCTIONSYLLABUS SPECIFICATION

Graded Examinationsin Music ProductionSpecificationSEPTEMBER 2016Rockschool Performance Arts Awards Vocational Qualifications

AcknowledgementsSyllabusSyllabus devised by Nik PrestonSyllabus authoring by Ash Preston, Antony Greaves and Nik PrestonSyllabus advisors: Joe Rubel, Chad Jackson, Sam Vasanth and Hannah VEdited by Simon Troup, Abbie Thomas, Zoe Woodroffe and Nik PrestonPublishingCover design and artwork: Phil MillardOriginal illustrations: Simon TroupTypesetting and design: Simon Troup and Jennie TroupCover photograph: George Pimentel/Getty ImagesAudioAudio composition: Ash PrestonAudio mixing and mastering: Ash PrestonExecutive ProducersNorton YorkJohn SimpsonContactRSLHarlequin HouseGround Floor7 High StreetTeddingtonMiddlesexTW11 8EEwww.rslawards.comTelephone: 44 (0)345 460 4747Email: info@rslawards.com3 RSL Music Production Specification

ContentsSpecification at a Glance3Acknowledgements4Table of Contents5Total Qualification Time5Assessment SummarySection A: Qualification Summary6A.1 Aims and Broad Objectives6A.2 Progression6A.3 Qualification Structure6A.4 Entry RequirementsSection B: Assessment Information6B.1 Assessment Methodology7B .2 Expectation of Knowledge, Skillsand Understanding7B.3 Quality AssuranceSection C: Candidate Access and Registration7C.1 Access and Registration7C.2 Recommended Prior LearningSection D: Complains and Appeals7D: Complaints and AppealsSection E: Equal Opportunities7E: Equal OpportunitiesSection F: Contacts for Help & Support8Contact Information4 RSL Music Production SpecificationAnnex 1: Unit Specifications10Grade 114Grade 218Grade 322Grade 426Grade 530Grade 634Grade 738Grade 8

SPECIFICATION AT A GLANCEGraded Examinations in Music ProductionQualification TitleTotal no.of UnitsGuided LearningHoursCreditTotal QualificationTimeLevel 1 Award inMusic Production: Grade 1110550Level 1 Award inMusic Production: Grade 2115875Level 1 Award in MusicProduction: Grade 311611102Level 2 Certificate inMusic Production: Grade 412113130Level 2 Certificate inMusic Production: Grade 512116158Level 3 Certificate inMusic Production: Grade 613220198Level 3 Certificate inMusic Production: Grade 714225245Level 3 Certificate inMusic Production: Grade 814930292AssessmentAssessmentForm of AssessmentAll assessments are carried out by external examiners. Candidates are required to carry out a combination ofpractical tasks and underpinning theoretical assessment.Unit FormatUnit specifications contain the title, unit code, credit level, credit value, learning outcomes, assessment criteria,grade descriptor, and types of evidence required for the unit.Bands of AssessmentThere are four bands of assessment (distinction, merit, pass and unclassified) for the qualification as a whole.Quality AssuranceQuality Assurance ensures that all assessments are carried out to the same standard by objective samplingand re-assessment of candidates’ work. A team of external examiners is appointed, trained and standardisedby RSL.5 RSL Music Production Specification

QUALIFICATION INFORMATIONSECTION A: QUALIFICATION SUMMARY A.1 Aims and Broad ObjectivesThe aim of the musical production qualifications is to provide aflexible, progressive mastery approach to the knowledge, skillsand understanding required for music production.RSL’s graded qualifications motivate and encourage candidatesof all ages and levels through a system of progressive mastery,enabling candidates to develop and enhance skills,knowledge and understanding in a safe and consistent way.The qualifications are beneficial for candidates wishing toprogress at their own pace through smaller steps of achievement.These qualifications are suitable for candidates in the Under 16,16 , 16–18, 19 age groups.A.2 ProgressionGraded qualifications provide a flexible progression route forcandidates. They are a positive means of determining progressand enable candidates to learn the necessary techniques to gainentry to FE and HE courses. Graded qualifications operateaccording to a well established methodology of ‘progressivemastery’. They allow candidates to be tested in discrete stages inthe development of a wide range of skills. They tend to be morerigorous than other types of exams and for that reason industryis confident that achievement at the highest level gained bycandidates of graded qualifications will have the skills necessaryto work in other areas of the business.A.3 Qualification StructureA graded qualification consists of a range of both practicaland knowledge based tasks which are based on detailedrequirements outlined in the relevant syllabus.Therefore, requirements for each grade will be set out in detailin the Unit Specifications below (page 8 and onwards) and thelearning outcomes and assessment criteria for each unit willrequire knowledge, skills and understanding of these syllabusrequirements to be demonstrated at the grade entered.A.4 Entry RequirementsThere are no entry requirements for these qualifications.However, candidates should be aware that the content atthe higher grades will require a level of knowledge andunderstanding covered in previous qualifications.For further details on exam dates and fees and to apply foryour music production grades please visit the RSL websiteat www.rslawards.comSECTION B: ASSESSMENT INFORMATION B.1 Assessment MethodologyThe graded examinations in Music Production are assessedvia an examination. The examination is divided into thefollowing sections:A written examination covering knowledge of:n music production terminologyn sound and audio fundamentalsA listening test divided into three sections:n sonic fidelityn music theory and harmonyn stylistic awarenessA practical assessment divided into two sections:n technical skillsn professional scenario6 RSL Music Production SpecificationExamination timings for the graded examinations inMusic Production are as follows:n Grade 1: 90 minutesn Grade 2: 90 minutesn Grade 3: 90 minutesn Grade 4: 120 minutesn Grade 5: 120 minutesn Grade 6: 180 minutesn Grade 7: 180 minutesn Grade 8: 180 minutesAll assessment of these qualifications is external and isundertaken by RSL Examiners.

QUALIFICATION INFORMATIONB.2 Expectations of Knowledge, Skillsand UnderstandingThe graded examination system is one based on the principle of‘progressive mastery’: each step in the exam chain demonstrateslearning, progression and skills in incremental steps.Successful learning is characterised by a mastery of thefundamentals of the skills demanded in each grade.B.3 Quality AssuranceAll RSL examinations and graded qualifications are standardisedaccording to the processes and procedures laid down by RSL.Learners will be able to complete a set of practical tasks and betested on their underpinning knowledge (the complexity andvariety of tasks are determined by which qualification is beingattempted), which allows them to demonstrate MusicProduction knowledge, skills and understanding relevantto the grade. These technical skills set a firm platform forfurther technical and creative development by the learner.SECTION C: CANDIDATE ACCESS AND REGISTRATION C.1 Access and RegistrationThe qualifications will:n be available to everyone who is capable of reaching therequired standardsn be free from any barriers that restrict access and progressionno ffer equal opportunities for all wishing to accessthe qualificationsC.2 Recommended Prior LearningLearners are not required to have any prior learning for thesequalifications. However, learners should ensure that they areaware of the requirements and expectations of each grade priorto entering for an assessment.At the point of application, RSL will ensure that all candidatesare fully informed about the requirements and demandsof the qualification.Candidates may enter online for any of the qualificationsat various points in the calendar year in territories throughoutthe world. Dates will be published on the website atwww.rslawards.com.SECTION D: COMPLAINTS AND APPEALS All procedural complaints and appeals, including malpractice and requests for reasonable adjustments/special considerations,can be found on the RSL website www.rslawards.com.SECTION E: EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES POLICY RSL’s Equal Opportunities policy can be found on the RSL website www.rslawards.com.7 RSL Music Production Specification

QUALIFICATION INFORMATIONSECTION F: CONTACTS FOR HELP & SUPPORT All correspondence should be directed to:RSLHarlequin HouseGround Floor7 High StreetTeddingtonMiddlesexTW11 8EEOr info@rslawards.com8 RSL Music Production Specification

Annex 1Unit SpecificationsUnit specifications are divided into learning outcomes and assessment criteria:n Learning Outcome – a statement of what has been demonstrated as a result of thesuccessful completion of the assessment criterianAssessment Criteria – the evidence upon which the candidate is assessedUnit specifications also give details of the Credit Value (notional learning) and the GuidedLearning Hours (GLH) which represent indicative teaching time for the unit. Each unit alsocontains the detailed content to be covered at each grade, telling candidates and teacherseverything they need to know about the relevant qualification.9 RSL Music Production Specification

UNIT SPECIFICATIONS: GRADE 1LEVEL 1IGRADE 1Grade 1 is intended as a basic introduction to music production. It is expected that candidates are competent in the fundamentalsof music production prior to entering the examination.THEORETICAL WRITTEN EXAM This will assess the candidate's knowledge and understanding of the following two sections.n Music Production Terminologyn Sound & Audio FundamentalsAt Grade 1 the theory content covered will include subject areas such as identifying studio hardware, physical audio formats, analogueconnectivity, computer & digital technology, DAW basics, microphones, MIDI basics, basic audio technology and the fundamentalsof mono & stereo sound.At Grade 1 candidates will be expected to:n Identify images of studio equipment to include mixing desks, microphones, DAWs, drum kits, cablesn Identify images of physical formats to include CD, vinyl, cassette tape, Minidisc, DATn Identify images of analogue connections to include Jack, XLR, Phono / RCA, DIN, Speakonn Identify images of computer peripherals to include Audio Interfaces, MIDI keyboards, computer mouse, computer keyboard,computer monitorn Identify images of the different DAWs, including Logic, Ableton, Pro Tools, Cubase, FL Studion Identify images of popular microphone models, to include Shure SM58, Shure SM57, AKG D112, Neumann U87, AKG C451n Identify images of specific DAW workspaces, to include arrange window, mix window, sample editor, plugins, software instrumentsn Identify the function of music production technology from an image, including channel faders, pan, mute, routing,headphone volumen Briefly describe sound and acoustic terms, including mono, stereo, surround, high fidelity, units of sound level (Db)10 RSL Music Production Specification

UNIT SPECIFICATIONS: GRADE 1LISTENING TEST The listening test will present candidates with questions relating to sonic fidelity, music theory and harmony and stylistic awareness.Audio files will be presented to the candidates and questions will relate specifically to the relevant audio file. This will assess thecandidate’s ability to hear and interpret:Sonic Fidelity – Identifying instruments in isolation and within a mixMusic Theory & Harmony – Identifying relative pitch & basic note lengthsStylistic Awareness – Identifying specific genresAt Grade 1 candidates will be expected to:nnnnnnIdentify instruments in isolation: Electric Guitar, Electric Bass, Acoustic Drums, PianoIdentify a specific instrument within a mix from those listed above e.g. name the instrument playing the melodyIdentify when an instrument is missing from one version of a mixIdentify consecutive notes as either higher or lower in pitchIdentify basic note lengths: whole notes, half notes, quarter notes and eighth notesIdentify common western music genres from a choice of two: pop and rockCandidates are advised to practice these techniques using the mock assessment files available from www.rslawards.com.PRACTICAL ASSESSMENT The Practical Assessment is divided into two sections as detailed below:n T echnical Skills – The candidate will be asked to complete a series of specified tasks, which must be completed using aDigital Audio Workstation (DAW). At Grade 1 the task will centre around session creation and basic inputting of notesusing a software instrument.n P rofessional Scenario – The candidate will be presented with a situation, and must choose and implement appropriatetechnique to resolve the scenario. At Grade 1 the scenario will require candidates to import a backing track into their DAW,record a melody, and bounce the resulting mix to a new stereo audio file.The completed session files must be appropriately named, saved and shared with your examiner as instructed, including allassociated audio files. It is vital that candidates are able to accurately save their work as failure to do so will result in anunclassified mark.On your exam day, you must bring:n 1 x closed headphones with a ¼ inch jack(Candidates without their own headphones will be unable to sit the exam)n A hard copy of your Music Production syllabus book or your proof of digital purchaseYour exam centre will provide:n 1 x computer; running either of the latest two versions of Cubase, Pro Tools, Logic, Ableton Live or GarageBand(Please note; GarageBand, Cubase Elements and Cubase LE are only suitable for grades 1 to 5)n 1 x midi controller keyboard – minimum 4 octaves, including a sustain pedal and pitch wheel11 RSL Music Production Specification

UNIT SPECIFICATIONS: GRADE 1TitleRSL Level 1 Award in Music Production – Grade 1Qualification No.603/0049/8Level1Credit Value5GLH10TQT50Learning OutcomeYou will:Assessment CriteriaYou can:1. Understand the keyterminology used in modernmusic production1.1 Demonstrate a knowledge of Grade 1 terminology related to:a. Music production equipmentb. Industry standard formats & protocolsc. Industry standard connectivityd. Digital technologye. Digital Audio Workstations2. Understand the fundamentalsof sound and audio in relationto modern music production2.1 Demonstrate an understanding of Grade 1 fundamentals related to:a. Microphone technology and techniqueb. Audio recording, editing and processingc. MIDI & audio programmingd. Audio Technologye. Acoustics3. Demonstrate effectivelistening skills relevant tomodern music production3.1 Demonstrate Grade 1 level aural skills in the areas of:a. Sonic fidelityb. Music theoryc. Stylistic awareness4. D emonstrate effective musicproduction technique4.1 Demonstrate skills appropriate to Grade 1 in the areas of:a. File managementb. Digital Audio Workstation programmingc. Audio mixing4.2 Demonstrate skills and understanding appropriate to Grade 1 in the areas of:a. Interpretation of briefsb. Music creation or editingc. File sharingPlease note: candidates are required to achieve a minimum overall mark of 60% in order to achieve a pass.Regardless of the overall mark, candidates must also achieve a minimum of 40% in every part (part A, B & C),therefore demonstrating a knowledge and understanding of every learning outcome.12 RSL Music Production Specification

UNIT SPECIFICATIONS: GRADE 1PART A: TERMINOLOGY AND FUNDAMENTALSAttainment BandUnclassifiedPassMeritDistinctionMark Range0–1415–1819–2021–25Demonstrated anunderstanding of thekey terminology used inmodern music productionand the fundamentals ofsound and audio between60% and 74% of the time.Demonstrated anunderstanding of thekey terminology used inmodern music productionand the fundamentals ofsound and audio between75% and 84% of the time.Demonstrated anunderstanding of thekey terminology used inmodern music productionand the fundamentals ofsound and audio more than84% of the time.Grade DescriptorDemonstrated anunderstanding of thekey terminology used inmodern music productionand the fundamentals ofsound and audio less than60% of the time.PART B: LISTENING SKILLSAttainment BandUnclassifiedPassMeritDistinctionMark Range0–89–1011–1213–15Grade DescriptorDemonstrated effectivelistening skills relevant tomodern music productionless than 60% of the time.Demonstrated effectivelistening skills relevant tomodern music productionbetween 60% and 74% ofthe time.Demonstrated effectivelistening skills relevant tomodern music productionbetween 75% and 84% ofthe time.Demonstrated effectivelistening skills relevant tomodern music productionmore than 84% of thetime.PART C: TECHNICAL SKILLS & PROFESSIONAL SCENARIOAttainment BandUnclassifiedPassMeritDistinctionMark Range0–3536–4445–5051–60Grade DescriptorDemonstrated effectivemusic productiontechnique in less than 60%of the practical tasks.Demonstrated effectivemusic productiontechnique in between 60%and 74% of the practicaltasks.Demonstrated effectivemusic productiontechnique in between 75%and 84% of the practicaltasks.Demonstrated effectivemusic productiontechnique in more than84% of the practical tasks.13 RSL Music Production Specification

UNIT SPECIFICATIONS: GRADE 2LEVEL 1IGRADE 2Grade 2 is intended for candidates who have acquired basic music production knowledge and skills.THEORETICAL WRITTEN EXAM This will assess the candidate's knowledge and understanding of the following two sections.n Music Production Terminologyn Sound & Audio FundamentalsAt Grade 2 the theory content covered will include subject areas such as identifying studio hardware, digital file formats,digital connectivity, software components, DAW concepts & capabilities, microphones, non-linear editing concepts,EQ controls and hearing physiology.At Grade 2 candidates will be expected to:n Identify studio equipment from descriptions, to include mixing desks, computers, microphones, patchbays,outboard effectsn Identify file formats from their suffix, to include Waveform, Audio Interchange File Format, Mpeg-2 layer 3,Logic Pro, Pro Toolsn Identify connections to include Phono/RCA, XLR, ADAT lightpipe, USB, 5 pin DINn Identify software and functions, to include operating systems, system preferences, Apple App store,Apple Mac Findern Identify the purpose of a DAWn Identify types of microphone, to include Dynamic, Condenser, Valve, Ribbonn Identify appropriate purposes for types of microphone, such as for gig vocals, kick drums, and appropriateuse of phantom powern Identify the different types of DAW track, to include Audio Track, Instrument Track, MIDI Track, Auxiliary Track,Automationn Identify basic editing functions to include cut, copy, paste, delete, duplicaten Identify both natural and electrical sound sources and receptors, including the meaning of the word ‘Transducer’14 RSL Music Production Specification

UNIT SPECIFICATIONS: GRADE 2LISTENING TEST The listening test will present candidates with questions relating to sonic fidelity, music theory and harmony and stylistic awareness.Audio files will be presented to the candidates and questions will relate specifically to the relevant audio file. This will assess thecandidate’s ability to hear and interpret:Sonic Fidelity – Identifying timing and tuning flaws in a performanceMusic Theory & Harmony – Identifying major and minor triads and basic time signaturesStylistic Awareness – Identifying specific genresAt Grade 2 candidates will be expected to:nnnnnnIdentify which instrument within a mix is out of tune with the other musiciansIdentify which instrument within a mix is out of time with the other musiciansIdentify out of time drum loopsIdentify major and minor triadsIdentify basic time signatures: 4/4 & 3/4Identify common western music genres from a choice of two: blues and metalCandidates are advised to practice these techniques using the mock assessment files available from www.rslawards.com.PRACTICAL ASSESSMENT The Practical Assessment is divided into two sections as detailed below.n T echnical Skills – The candidate will be asked to complete a series of specified tasks, which must be completed using aDigital Audio Workstation (DAW). At Grade 2 the task will centre around MIDI programming using software instrumentsand basic mix technique.n P rofessional Scenario – The candidate will be presented with a situation, and must choose and implement appropriate techniqueto resolve the scenario. At Grade 2 the scenario will require candidates to rearrange provided audio and MIDI loops.The completed session files must be appropriately named, saved and shared with your examiner as instructed, including allassociated audio files. It is vital that candidates are able to accurately save their work as failure to do so will result in anunclassified mark.On your exam day, you must bring:n 1 x closed headphones with a ¼ inch jack(Candidates without their own headphones will be unable to sit the exam)n A hard copy of your Music Production syllabus book or your proof of digital purchaseYour exam centre will provide:n 1 x computer; running either of the latest two versions of Cubase, Pro Tools, Logic, Ableton Live or GarageBand(Please note; GarageBand, Cubase Elements and Cubase LE are only suitable for grades 1 to 5)n 1 x midi controller keyboard – minimum 4 octaves, including a sustain pedal and pitch wheel15 RSL Music Production Specification

UNIT SPECIFICATIONS: GRADE 2TitleRSL Level 1 Award in Music Production – Grade 2Qualification No.603/0052/8Level1Credit Value8GLH15TQT75Learning OutcomeYou will:Assessment CriteriaYou can:1. Understand the keyterminology used in modernmusic production1.1 Demonstrate a knowledge of Grade 2 terminology related to:a. Music production equipmentb. Industry standard formats & protocolsc. Industry standard connectivityd. Digital technologye. Digital Audio Workstations2. Understand the fundamentalsof sound and audio in relationto modern music production2.1 Demonstrate an understanding of Grade 2 fundamentals related to:a. Microphone technology and techniqueb. Audio recording, editing and processingc. MIDI & audio programmingd. Audio Technologye. Acoustics3. Demonstrate effectivelistening skills relevant tomodern music production3.1 Demonstrate Grade 2 level aural skills in the areas of:a. Sonic fidelityb. Music theoryc. Stylistic awareness4. D emonstrate effective musicproduction technique4.1 Demonstrate skills appropriate to Grade 2 in the areas of:a. File managementb. Digital Audio Workstation programmingc. Audio mixing4.2 Demonstrate skills and understanding appropriate to Grade 2 in the areas of:a. Interpretation of briefsb. Music creation or editingc. File sharingPlease note: candidates are required to achieve a minimum overall mark of 60% in order to achieve a pass.Regardless of the overall mark, candidates must also achieve a minimum of 40% in every part (part A, B & C),therefore demonstrating a knowledge and understanding of every learning outcome.16 RSL Music Production Specification

UNIT SPECIFICATIONS: GRADE 2PART A: TERMINOLOGY AND FUNDAMENTALSAttainment BandUnclassifiedPassMeritDistinctionMark Range0–1415–1819–2021–25Demonstrated anunderstanding of thekey terminology used inmodern music productionand the fundamentals ofsound and audio between60% and 74% of the time.Demonstrated anunderstanding of thekey terminology used inmodern music productionand the fundamentals ofsound and audio between75% and 84% of the time.Demonstrated anunderstanding of thekey terminology used inmodern music productionand the fundamentals ofsound and audio more than84% of the time.Grade DescriptorDemonstrated anunderstanding of thekey terminology used inmodern music productionand the fundamentals ofsound and audio less than60% of the time.PART B: LISTENING SKILLSAttainment BandUnclassifiedPassMeritDistinctionMark Range0–89–1011–1213–15Grade DescriptorDemonstrated effectivelistening skills relevant tomodern music productionless than 60% of the time.Demonstrated effectivelistening skills relevant tomodern music productionbetween 60% and 74% ofthe time.Demonstrated effectivelistening skills relevant tomodern music productionbetween 75% and 84% ofthe time.Demonstrated effectivelistening skills relevant tomodern music productionmore than 84% of thetime.PART C: TECHNICAL SKILLS & PROFESSIONAL SCENARIOAttainment BandUnclassifiedPassMeritDistinctionMark Range0–3536–4445–5051–60Grade DescriptorDemonstrated effectivemusic productiontechnique in less than 60%of the practical tasks.Demonstrated effectivemusic productiontechnique in between 60%and 74% of the practicaltasks.Demonstrated effectivemusic productiontechnique in between 75%and 84% of the practicaltasks.Demonstrated effectivemusic productiontechnique in more than84% of the practical tasks.17 RSL Music Production Specification

UNIT SPECIFICATIONS: GRADE 3LEVEL 1IGRADE 3Grade 3 is intended for candidates who have a good understanding of music production knowledge and skills.THEORETICAL WRITTEN EXAM This will assess the candidate's knowledge and understanding of the following two sections.n Music Production Terminologyn Sound & Audio FundamentalsAt Grade 3 the theory content covered will include subject areas such as interpreting the functions of studio hardware, digitalprotocols, analogue connectivity, computer memory & storage, microphones, using loops, the MIDI protocol, dynamicprocessing and frequency.At Grade 3 candidates will be expected to:n Interpret functions of a mixing desk, to include gain, EQ, auxiliaries, faders, pann Interpret and identify digital transfer protocols, including their relative data transfer rates, including USB,Thunderbolt, MADI, SPDIF, ADATn Interpret analogue connections and their purpose, to include XLR, ¼” Jack, Mini Jack, Phono/RCA, D-Subn Interpret the purpose and advantages of computer systems, to include RAM, Hard Disks, Solid State Drives,including choosing the appropriate option in relation to data transfer ratesn Interpret appropriate use for DAW functions, to include templates, markers, bounce, piano roll / MIDI editors, quantisen Briefly explain what a microphone is for and how it worksn Briefly explain the creation, use and advantages of audio loopsn Understand MIDI, including what the acronym stands for, what it is, and how it works from a user perspectiven Interpret and briefly explain audio technology, including compression, limiting, gating, expandingn Understand frequency, including its units of measurement, the difference between Hz and kHz, humanhearing range18 RSL Music Production Specification

UNIT SPECIFICATIONS: GRADE 3LISTENING TEST The listening test will present candidates with questions relating to sonic fidelity, music theory and harmony and stylistic awareness.Audio files will be presented to the candidates and questions will relate specifically to the relevant audio file. This will assess thecandidate’s ability to hear and interpret:Sonic Fidelity – Distinguishing between mono and stereo recordings and hearing different stereo widthsMusic Theory & Harmony – Identifying major, minor and blues scales and eighth note tripletsStylistic Awareness – Identifying specific genresAt Grade 3 candidates will be expected to:nnnnnnIdentify the difference between Mono and Stereo recordingsIdentify the difference between Mono and Stereo mixesIdentify differences in stereo widthIdentify major, natural minor and blues scalesIdentify eighth note triplets in 4/4Identify common western music genres from a choice of two: reggae and soulCandidates are advised to practice these techniques using the mock assessment files available from www.rslawards.com.PRACTICAL ASSESSMENT The Practical Assessment is divided into two sections as detailed below.n T echnical Skills – The candidate will be asked to complete a series of specified tasks, which must be completed using aDigital Audio Workstation (DAW). At Grade 3 the task will centre around creating audio loops from provided material.n P rofessional Scenario – The candidate will be presented with a situation, and must choose and implement appropriatetechnique to resolve the scenario. At Grade 3 the scenario will require candidates to programme a simple backing trackusing a set chord structure. Therefore candidates must be confident in creating chords in the key of C major and G major.The completed session files must be appropriately named, saved and shared with your examiner as instructed, including allassociated audio files. It is vital that candidates are able to accurately save their work as failure to do so will result in anunclassified mark.On your exam day, you must bring:n 1 x closed headphones with a ¼ inch jack(Candidates without their own headphones will be unable to sit the exam)n A hard copy of your Music Production syllabus book or your proof of digital purchaseYour exam centre will provide:n 1 x computer; running either of the latest two versions of Cubase, Pro Tools, Logic, Ableton Live or GarageBand(Please note; GarageBand, Cubase Elements and Cubase LE are only suitable for grades 1 to 5)n 1 x midi controller keyboard – minimum 4 octaves, including a sustain pedal and pitch wheel19 RSL Music Production Specification

UNIT SPECIFICATIONS: GRADE 3TitleRSL Level 1 Award in Music Production – Grade 3Qualification No.603/0054/1Level1Credit Value11GLH16TQT102Learning OutcomeYou will:Assessment CriteriaYou can:1. Understand the keyterminology used in modernmusic production1.1 Demonstrate a knowledge of Grade 3 terminology related to:a. Music production equipmentb. Industry standard formats & protocolsc. Industry standard connectivityd. Digital technologye. Digital Audio Workstations2. Understand the fundamentalsof sound and audio in relationto modern music production2.1 Demonstrate an understanding of Grade 3 fundamentals related to:a. Microphone technology and techniqueb. Audio recording, editing and process

Music Production: Grade 2 1 15 8 75 Level 1 Award in Music Production: Grade 3 1 16 11 102 Level 2 Certificate in Music Production: Grade 4 1 21 13 130 Level 2 Certificate in Music Production: Grade 5 1 21 16 158 Level 3 Certificate in Music Production: Grade 6 1 32 20 198 Level 3 Certificate in Music Production: Grade 7 1 42 25 245 Level 3 .

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