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Music Technology - A level

What will I learn?

You will study the use of recording equipment and software and develop skills in using this equipment to record and manipulate sound. You will develop skills in mixing and producing music and in the creation of music using technology.

You will gain knowledge of various microphones, recording and sound production/mixing equipment as well as techniques for their use and the use of midi and music software. You will also develop knowledge of music creation/manipulation through a digital medium and composing using specialist software used by professionals in the industry.

In addition to this, you will study the techniques used by the professionals in the industry through studying their work. You will gain an understanding of how technology can be an effective tool for musicians and how music can be explored through more than instrumental performance and classical theory. You will gain an understanding of the physical aspects of sound and its effective production, recording and live mixing.

What skills do I need?

Most people who take this course generally have completed BTEC Music in Years 10 and 11 achieving a Pass grade or above. You will find good ICT and maths skills helpful too as the course uses both heavily.

How is the course graded?

  AS Level (1 year) A Level (2 years)
Recording

Create a multi-track recording for 5 instruments. Total time must be 2-2½ minutes.

Worth 20%

Create a multi-track recording for 7 instruments. Total time must be 3-3½ minutes.

Worth 20%

Technology based composition

One technology-based composition. Total time must be 2½ minutes.

Worth 20%

One technology-based composition. Total time must be 3½ minutes.

Worth 20%

Listening and analysing Knowledge and understanding of recording and production techniques will be assessed through listening based questions 1h15m exam (25%) Knowledge and understanding of recording and production techniques will be assessed through listening based questions 1h30m exam (25%)
Producing and analysing Knowledge and understanding of editing, mixing and production techniques. 1h45m exam (35%) Knowledge and understanding of editing, mixing and production techniques. 2h15m exam (35%)

What is next for me after this course?

This course can lead on to university degrees or HND/ foundation degrees in both music and music technology. It is also a very good qualification for anyone who wishes to pursue careers in composition, live sound music production, record producing, backing track arrangement or media.