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Music Technology

Subject Leader

Mr J Zwanzig


Advanced Level

Music Technology


Why study Music Technology?

Advanced skills in music technology are developed through the use of sequencing, recording techniques and listening and analysing. Students will have the opportunity to perform and arrange music and to record their work on a regular basis.

How will you be assessed?

Unit 1 – Recording –  A controlled coursework module, externally examined – 20%

Unit 2 – Technology – based composition, externally examined – 20%

Unit 3 – Listening and Analysing – 25%

Unit 4 – Producing and Analysing – 35%

What will you study?  
Unit 1 – Recording ·         One recording, chosen from a list of 10 songs, consisting of 5 compulsory instruments.

·         Keyboard tracks may be sequenced

·         Total time – between 3 and 3 ½ minutes

·         Logbook

Unit 2 – Technology – based composition


·         One technology-based composition chosen from 3 briefs

·         Synthesis and sampling/audio manipulation and creative effects use must be included

·         Total time must be 3 minutes

·         Logbook

Unit 3 – Listening and Analysing


·         Knowledge and understanding of recording and production techniques and principles

·         Application of knowledge related to all 3 areas of study:

–       Recording and production techniques

–       Principles in sound and audio technology

–       The development of recording and production technology

Examination 1 hours  30 minutes

Unit 4 – Producing and Analysing ·         Knowledge and understanding of editing, mixing and production techniques

·         Application of knowledge related to 2 of the areas of study:

–       Recording and production techniques for both corrective and creative purposes

–       Principles of sound and audio technology

Examination 2 hours   15 minutes

What will Music Technology offer you in the future?

Music Technology is an excellent course for those wishing to work in the music business or study different aspects of Performing Arts.  It can lead to further study of Music Technology or Recording, as well as being an excellent course for those who wish to further study music (in addition to a Music A Level).  The job market for music technology is huge from sound engineering, producer, recording engineer, composer (film music and music for video games), performer, teaching, entertainment, television, radio, concert management and many more.