Music KS3 / GCSE: Collaboration and music technology in school

BBC Radio 1's Dev creates his own cover of Gotye’s ‘Somebody that I used to know’ by collaborating with students at Hayes School.

Starting with the beat, Dev explains how he records all the elements of the song, using microphones, a portable recorder and a DI box to capture the sounds of guitars, bass, a brass section and a huge choir.

Throughout, he explains how the importance of sharing ideas and working to a strict tempo helps him produce a huge sound for his version of the song.

This is from the series: Music Technology

Teacher Notes

This clip could be used to inspire collaboration among all students, whatever their level of experience and to demonstrate recording practices for multiple instruments.

It could also be used to show the importance of developing ideas while working to a strict tempo.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Music at KS3, KS4 and GCSE in England and Wales and in Northern Ireland.

Also at National 4, 5 and Higher in Scotland.

It appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland, and SQA Scotland.

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