Music Technology

“ The viability of this course is dependent on the numbers of students who wish to study Music Tech at A – Level in 2021’’

Minimum Entry Criteria

Desired: 7 in Music GCSE or Grade 4 (or above) practical as a singer or instrumentalist or Grade 4 theory (or above)

Board

Edexcel

Course outline:

The Music Technology course introduces you to some of the disciplines involved in the academic study of the subject. You will develop the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to compose, sequence, record, analyse and produce music in the modern music industry. Students will create a multitrack recording and a technology based composition. The recording will be completed in our studio using Logic Pro X and the composition will allow you to explore the use of synthesis, sampling/audio manipulation and sound structure.

The listening and analysing exam will assess your knowledge of recording and production techniques for both corrective and creative purposes, the principles of sound and audio technology and the development of recording and production technology. The production exam will assess your knowledge and understanding of editing, mixing and production techniques, by applying them to unfamiliar materials provided by the exam board, as well as principles of audio technology. The majority of lessons will be spent composing or mixing on our iMacs or recording in the studio. 

Assessment weighting:

Unit 1: Recording

You produce a multi-track recording. Recordings must include vocals, acoustic guitar, bass guitar & drums plus other instruments of your choice.

20% coursework

Unit 2: Technology- based composition

Using samples provided by Edexcel, you are to produce a piece in a style of your choice. You will learn how to create, edit & manipulate sounds through synthesis and sampling in Logic X.

20% coursework

Unit 3: Listening & analysing

You will sit an exam listening to unstudied commercial recordings. Questions will test your knowledge of recording & production techniques, principles of sound technology and the development of recording & production technologies.

25% Exam

Unit 4: Producing & analysing

You will sit an exam which contains practical elements and written questions. Using audio material provided by the exam board you will have to produce a track following given instructions.

35% Exam