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 Multi-track recording
Students must produce one recording, chosen from a list of 10 songs provided by Pearson, consisting of a minimum of five compulsory instruments and two additional instruments. Total time must be between 3 minutes and 3 and a half minutes.

Part 2 Technology based composition 20%
One technology -based composition chosen from three briefs set by Pearson (previous years have included movie files and short extracts of poetry). Students will explore synthesis and sampling/audio manipulation and creative effects which they will include in their piece. Total time must be 3 minutes.

Part 3 Listening and analysis exam 25%
one exam (1 hour 30 minutes) where students will be assessed on their knowledge and understanding of recording and production techniques and principles, in the context of a series of unfamiliar commercial recordings supplied by Pearson. Students will sit the exam in year 2.

Part 4 Production and analysis exam 35%
One exam (2 hours 15 minutes) where students will be assessed on their knowledge and understanding of editing, mixing and production techniques, to be applied to unfamiliar materials provided by Pearson in the examination. Students will sit the exam in year 2

How is the Course Assessed?

Part 1–Multi – track recording. 20% of qualification
Part 2-Technology based composition. 20% of qualification
Part 3-Listening and analysis exam. 25% of qualification.
Part 4- Production and analysis exam. 35% of qualification

Music Technology Teaching Staff

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