Music Technology

Exam Board Edexcel

Why Should I Study This Course?

If you interested in becoming a sound engineer, record producer, or working in the visual and sound media then this course is for you. However, if you are also interested in learning how Music is recorded and how Music Technology can be used to create popular music then you will find this course relevant and interesting.

What Kind of Student is This Suitable For?

The Music Technology A Level course provides students with a grounding in both the theory and history of Music Technology and its practical application through a range of coursework-based tasks. You will learn to sequence, record and arrange using modern, professional-standard technology. This course has an emphasis on practical projects using the Music Department’s recording studio and the iMac suite. This course requires a huge amount of time to be spent working in the recording studio and iMac Suite outside of lesson time. Whilst the guided learning hours are exactly the same as any other A Level course, most homework and coursework tasks will need to be completed using the facilities here in school and this will mean spending plenty of time in school outside of your lesson time. Also, a firm basis in Music theory is also required, as some of the initial practical work requires knowledge of score reading.

Course Breakdown

• Knowledge and understanding of recording, editing, mixing and production techniques and principles, in the context of a series of unfamiliar commercial recordings supplied by Pearson.
• Application of knowledge related to all areas of study:
• Recording and production techniques for both corrective and creative purposes
• Principles of sound and audio technology
• The development of recording and production technology.

Part 1
Section A: Listening and analysing – four questions, each based on unfamiliar commercial recordings supplied by Pearson.
Section B: Extended written responses – two essay questions. One comparison question, which uses two unfamiliar commercial recordings from the CD. The second essay uses the final unfamiliar commercial recording on the CD. 4: Producing and analysing.

Part 2
• This paper comprises two sections: A and B and all questions are compulsory.
• Students will correct and then combine the audio and MIDI materials to form a completed mix, which may include creating new tracks or parts from the materials provided.
• Section A: Producing and analysing – five questions related to the audio and MIDI materials provided that include both written responses and practical tasks.
• Section B: Extended written response – one essay focusing on a specific mixing scenario, signal path, effect or music technology hardware unit.

Part 3
Creating, editing, manipulating and structuring sounds to produce a technology-based composition.

Part 4
Production tools and techniques to capture, edit, process and mix an audio recording.

How is the Course Assessed?

Part 1–External Examination. 25% of qualification
Part 2-External Examination. 35% of qualification
Part 3-Non-examined assessment – 20% of qualification.
Part 4- One recording, consisting of a minimum of five compulsory instruments and two additional instruments – 20% of qualification.

Music Technology Teaching Staff

This course is delivered by:
Mr A Cooper
Mr A Millar