Music Technology

You will learn about extensive recording techniques, composition, sequencing and production skills, which you apply to a portfolio. This will contain a prescribed song for a multi-track recording and a composition that creatively utilises aspects of music technology. You will also work towards two exams. The first is a listening exam where you will study popular music and associated technology. The second is a written and practical exam, which will test your ability to analyse, edit and produce given audio and MIDI, as well as requiring you to complete an extended essay about a prescribed aspect of music technology.

What skills will I develop?

You will develop the aural, analytical and practical skills in areas including: Composition, sequencing, sampling, synthesis, recording mixing and mastering.

In order to achieve these, you will complete two portfolios of practical work based on set briefs and written and practical exams based on popular music and technology since 1910.

What topics will I study?

Component 1 - Coursework: Recording (20%)

  • Section A: 3min - 3min 30secs recording including 5 compulsory instruments, 2 additional instruments and no percussion.
  • Section B: Logbook

Component 2 - Coursework: Technology-Based Composition (20%)

  • Section A: 3 min composition based on one of the following:
    • Brief A: Music for a stimulus
    • Brief B: Music based on text
    • Brief C: Music based on samples
  • Section B: Logbook

Component 3 - Examination: Listening and Analysing (1 hour, 30 minutes - 25%)

  • Section A: Listening & analysing.
  • Section B: Extended written responses on unfamiliar recordings.

Component 4 - Examination: Producing and Analysing (2 hours, 15 minutes - 35%)

  • Section A: Producing & analysing
  • Section B: Extended written response on mixing scenario/signal path/effect/hardware units.

Where does the course lead?

Career opportunities include sound engineering; live/broadcasted media; communications; composition for film, games and television; audio and software engineering; research, education and manufacturing; audio archival and acoustics.

Exam Board


Head of Department

Anna Power

Entry Requirements

Five grades 4-9 (or equivalent)

Grade 4 or above in Music and English Language is desirable but not essential.

You must be at least grade 3 standard on your instrument/voice and grade 3 standard in music theory. It is essential that you can read written music fluently.

Assessment Breakdown

Coursework = 40% , Examination = 60%