Exam Board

Edexcel

Head of Department

Claire Nevers

Entry Requirements

Five grades 4-9 or Equivalent with a grade 6 or above in Maths
Previous experience of music technology and Grade 6 or above in English Language is desirable but not essential.



APPLY NOW SEPTEMBER 2024

Music Technology A-Level

The first year of this course focuses on learning the history of music technology and the technical processes involved, both past and present. You will gain an understanding of the basics of the physics of sound, the history of recorded music and the history of the equipment involved, as well as how to set up multi-track recordings and use hardware and software creatively to fulfil the coursework tasks. In the second year your study of the subject will include developing your ability to listen, analyse and carry out production tasks while completing two practical coursework projects using the skills you have learnt in the first year.

What skills will I develop?

You will develop skills in synthesis, sampling, recording, sequencing, listening, analysing and composition.

What topics will I study?

Component 1 – Coursework: Recording (3 1⁄2 minutes 25%)

  • A multi-track recording.

Component 2 – Coursework: Technology Based Composition (3 minutes 25%)

  • A 3-minute composition based on one of three briefs provided by the exam board each year, these are standardised in the following areas:
  • Produce music to a supplied stimulus- Film, Computer Game or Art Installatio
  • A supplied text
  • Samples on certain theme
 

Component 3 – Examination: Listening & Analysing (1 1⁄2 hours – 25%)

There are two sections in the examination:

  • Section A: Four written questions on four different recordings from the past 100 years
  • Section B: Two essay questions based on two recordings from the past 100 years.

Component 4 – Examination: Producing & Analysing (2 1⁄4 hours- 25%)

There are two sections in the examination:

  • Section A: Five questions with a selection of written and practical responses based on the audio/MIDI materials provided
  • Section B: One essay question based on a specific effects processor music technology hard-ware unit.

Where does the course lead?

The course can lead to a range of degree courses in music technology and the wider creative arts, with a view to a future career in the wider music industry.

Exam Board

Edexcel

Head of Department

Claire Nevers

Entry Requirements

Five grades 4-9 or Equivalent with a grade 6 or above in Maths
Previous experience of music technology and Grade 6 or above in English Language is desirable but not essential.



APPLY NOW SEPTEMBER 2024