A Level Music Technology

Michelle Colvill
Head of Music



Why should I study Music Technology?

This is an exciting course that develops your knowledge of popular music and your ability to use sequencing programmes, whilst also allowing you to gain a practical knowledge of multi-track recording in a studio.

What will I study?
Year 12
Unit 1 – Coursework Portfolio 1
• Use software to sequence a performance based on a piece of popular music specified by the exam board.
• Create a multi-track recording using close mic techniques.
• Create an arrangement of a popular piece of music given by the exam board.
Unit 2 – Listening and Analysing
This is a 1 hour 45 minute exam, based on popular music styles and recording techniques.
Year 13
Unit 3 – Coursework Portfolio 2
You will:
• Create a midi backing track and integrate a vocal track over it.
• Record a multi-track recording of a “pop” song using between 12 and 24 tracks.
• Compose a piece of music that reflects one of three briefs set by the exam board. T
Unit 4 – Analysing and production
This is a practical examination using music technology to mix and master tracks.

What are the entry requirements?
Please check this subject table for full details of our A Level entry requirements.

What skills do I need?
A keen and accurate ear
ICT skills to an advanced level
To be able to work independently
To be creative
Problem solving

How will I be taught?
The coursework will be taught in a “hands on”, practical way and will often involve small group work. The exam style questions will be taught through listening to different styles of popular music and theory learnt in the practical sessions.

How will I be assessed?
Between 70% of the course at AS is coursework and externally assessed, with the exam accounting for 30% of the total. Coursework is 60% at A2 level and the written/practical exam will account for 40%.

What will the course prepare me for?
An A level in Music Technology is an ideal qualification for anybody thinking of working in the field of sound recording, theatre and production work and will help with certain aspects in the world of TV, film and radio. It is also a great addition to a pure music qualification, giving you another ‘string to your bow’ if you want to work in the music industry.

How much private study should I expect to do?
3 to 4 hours of independent study each week. You will need to work on the software and recording facilities in college during frees.

What materials will I need to purchase?
A good quality set of enclosed back headphones.

What is the exam board?

This subject is for you if…
you enjoy being creative, like practical tasks and listen to a variety of popular music.

This subject is not for you if…
you do not want to spend your time outside of lessons using the music specialist software and recording facilities.