THE MUSICPRESS, PRINT &ONLINEUnit 1: external assessment.
Starter:How many different genres ofmusic can you think of?
Why are we studying this? The external assessment carries 40% of the total marks available for GCSE Media Studies. It takes the form of a 1hour 30 minutes supervised formal examination and is timetabled. The provisional date and time of the external assessment on the music press is as follows: Issue of pre-released material to students: Tuesday 7th May 2013. Examination: Thursday 6th June 2013.
The pre release paper The pre-released material will take the form of a brief detailing a contextualised scenario. During the period between its issue and the date of the examination, students are expected to extend and consolidate their knowledge and understanding of the music press by completing independent research and preparation in response to the given brief. In the examination students will then be required to complete four tasks. Please note that: no formal teaching of this topic may take place after this date. Teachers may adopt the role of a critical friend as they respond to individual students progress.
The ethos of the paper is to encourage students to explore the topic and to show what they know and understand. Students are not allowed to take any of their preparatory notes into the examination. Instead, a new copy of the pre-release material will be issued to them along with the question paper.
What do you have to do? complete 4 tasks in the time given. You do not have to write in continuous prose and it is important to use of a variety of formats which can include annotations, bullet points, charts and mind maps. You need to show a range of examples, not just those we have studied in class.
What are the examiners lookingfor? A01: recall, select and communicate their knowledge and understanding of media products and the contexts in which they are produced and consumed (10%) AO3: demonstrate research, planning and presentation skills (5%) AO4: construct and evaluate their own products using creative and technical skills (5%)
What does this actually mean? A01: recall, select and communicate their knowledge and understanding of media products and the contexts in which they are produced and consumed (10%) In your own words?
AO3: demonstrate research, planning and presentation skills (5%)
AO4: construct and evaluate their own products using creative and technical skills (5%)
The music press, print & online British press only Equal attention to print & online Impact of the internet & future implications Some argue that the importance of the music press has declined over recent years and indeed it has had to compete with other areas of the media in the promotion of music.
Different angles free music magazines and fanzines How do they differ from the mainstream music press and what kinds of threats do they pose to it?
LIAR As with all media topics, it is useful to consider in terms of ‘LIAR’
Language This incorporates Genre Forms and conventions
genre A study of genre is crucial to an understanding of the music press. Publications cater for complete range of tastes and interests in music How many different genres of music can you think of?
Music genre gives a publication its identity which can be easily recognised by a fan. It impacts on all areas of design, content, mode of address and underlying ideology.
To which genre do these artistsbelong? Punk: The Sex Pistols
Alternative Orchestral Dance Fitness & Workout College Renaissance Breakbeat Hip-Hop/Rap Rock Romantic Dubstep Alternative Rap Goth Rock Wedding Music Exercise Dirty South Grunge Comedy Garage East Coast Rap Novelty Hardcore Gangsta Rap Indie Rock Standup Comedy House Hardcore Rap New Wave Country Jungle/Drumnbass Hip-Hop Punk Alternative Country Techno Latin Rap Anime Americana Trance Old School Rap Blues Bluegrass Disney Rap Contemporary Bluegrass Easy Listening Underground Rap Acoustic Contemporary Country Bop Blues West Coast Rap Country Gospel Lounge Indie Pop Chicago Honky Tonk Swing Blues Inspirational - Outlaw Country Electronic Christian & Gospel Classic Traditional Bluegrass Ambient CCM Blues Traditional Country Downtempo Christian Metal Contemporar Urban Cowboy Electronica Christian Pop y Blues IDM/Experimental Christian Rap Country Industrial Christian Rock Blues Enka Classic Christian Delta Blues French Pop Contemporary German Folk
Christian & Gospel Praise & Worship Childrens Music Latino Lullabies Southern Gospel Alternativo & Rock Latino Sing-Along Traditional Gospel Baladas y Boleros Stories Instrumental Brazilian Classical Avant-Garde March (Marching Contemporary Latin Baroque Latin Jazz Band) Chamber Music Pop Latino J-Pop Raíces Chant Jazz Reggaeton y Hip-Hop Choral Classical Crossover Avant-Garde Jazz Regional Mexicano Early Music Salsa y Tropical Big Band New Age High Classical Contemporary Jazz Environmental Impressionist Cool Healing Medieval Meditation Minimalism Crossover Jazz Nature Modern Composition Dixieland Relaxation Opera Fusion Travel Hard Bop Latin Jazz Mainstream Jazz
The list goes on and is pretty much limitless. Most music magazines represent a niche genre audience but the internet has made very specific targeting possible.
Forms and conventions We need to study the layout, format, design and content of both print and online publications. How do web-based publications relate to print- based ones? How are they alike and how are they different? You need to identify the codes and conventions of not only front covers/home pages, but the range of content too
Task: choose a genre of music andresearch one print and one onlinepublication. Consider: design, content, mode of address and underlying ideology