Music Technology

Examination Board: Edexcel

Head of Department: Mr David Godfree

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Music Technology

Why Study Music Technology?

Music Technology is aimed at students who wish to develop their skills and understanding in music sequencing and music recording techniques and students wishing to study music, music technology, popular music or a combined arts subject in higher education. It can lead to the study of the subject at degree level and there are a growing number of such courses available at higher education level. It is ideal preparation for students wishing to pursue a vocation in music technology, broadcasting and/or the arts and who wish to complete a complementary subject within their Sixth Form programme of study.

Course Details – Exam Board: Edexcel

The new Music Technology A level has yet to be finalised or accredited. The course will broadly consist of the following elements but the specification may change between now and September 2017.

Component 1: Recording (Externally assessed, 20% of the qualification)

Content overview: Production tools and techniques to capture, edit, process and mix an audio recording. 

Component 2: Technology-based composition (Externally assessed, 20% of the qualification)

Content overview: Creating, editing, manipulating and structuring sounds to produce a technology-based composition.

Component 3: Listening and analysis (Written examination 1hour 15 mins long 25% of the qualification)

Content: Knowledge and understanding of recording and production techniques and principles, in the context of a series of unfamiliar commercial recordings supplied by the examination board.

Component 4: Producing and analysing (Written/practical examination 1hour 45 mins long 35% of the qualification)

Content: Knowledge and understanding of editing, mixing and production techniques, to be applied to unfamiliar materials provided by the examination board in the examination.


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