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Students who opt for A level Music Technology will study the Edexcel specification:






AS + A level

Both courses are divided into 4 main sections;


Section 1, Recording  20% (9MT0/01)

 A selection of 10 songs are set by the board (June 18)


Component 1: Recording

Research and preparation will include time spent researching one of the ten tracks to be recorded, listening to the original and deciding on what effects and processing have been used, preparing and rehearsing the ensemble to be recorded, checking and testing equipment, learning microphone technique and placement, testing levels and getting everything set-up and prepared ready for the actual recording process.

Your recording should:

● last between 2 and 2.30 minutes

● use a minimum of five tracks (3 Compulsory instruments and 2 additional ones)

● have a minimum of four tracks captured using microphones

● make use of overdub techniques

● use only live musicians, but keyboard parts may contain MIDI sequenced data or sampled loops

● be a noise-free stereo production with use of appropriate effects.

● Logbook and authentication forms must be fully completed.



Section 2, Composing  20% (9MT0/02)

Two audio samples are supplied by the board (Sept 18).


Component 2: Technology-based Composition

Creating, editing, manipulating and structuring sounds to produce a technology-based- composition.

Your composition should:

·         Develop the two samples given by the board (Sept 18)

·         Synthesis and sampling /Audio manipulation and creative effects must be included.

·         Total time must be 2.30 minutes

·         Logbook and authentication forms must be fully completed.



Section 3, Listening and Analysing  25% (9MT0/03)

Written examination 1Hour and 30 Minutes. (June 19).


Component 3: Listening and Analysing (75 marks -25%)

Knowledge and understanding of recording and production techniques / principles in commercial recordings

The paper is split into A: Listening and Analysing (40 marks)

·         4 questions (10 marks each) A range of recordings from 1920 to the present day.

            Section A will consist of four questions of 10 marks each, which may include multiple-choice, gap- fill, diagrammatic, short-open and open response questions using unfamiliar commercial recordings as a stimulus. 


B: Extended Written Questions (35 marks)

·         2 essay questions (15 / 20 marks) One answer is a compare and contrast and the other links closely to the development of production techniques over time.

Section B will consist of two extended open response questions.

The first will be comparative and based on production techniques and effects processing used on two unfamiliar commercial recordings (15 marks). 

The second will be based on one recording and ask the student to consider the wider musical context (20 marks).  



Section 4, Producing  and Analysing  35% (9MT0/03)

Written examination 1Hour and 30 Minutes. (June 19).


Component 4: Producing and Analysing (105 marks -35%)

In this practical paper, students will be provided with a CD of audio/ MIDI information

Students will correct and then combine the audio and MIDI material to form new tracks or parts from the material provided.

The paper is split into A: Producing and Analysing (85 marks)

·         5 questions related to the audio recordings on the CD.

            Section A will consist of five questions that will include, spotting mistakes, correcting and manipulating synthesis problems, matching sounds, adding effects and demonstrating a selection of processors. 


B: Extended Written Questions (20 marks)

1 essay question (20 marks) There will be an essay type question focusing on aspects of a music technology hardware unit.



Students will not be assessed on their instrumental skills although some practical performance expertise would be useful.

Students need an interest in a variety of different musical styles, basic ICT skills and ahard working attitude.

During the course students will be studying:

Recording Techniques.

Listening and analyzing popular music styles (1920 to the present day).

Use of multi effects/plug ins/sound samples and loops.

Sequencing Techniques.

 Arranging skills / Composing.

MIDI techniques /Sampling.

History of Recorded Sound.

 Production Techniques



Assessment is through continued coursework with the Recording and Composing being sent to

an external examiner. This will be sent to the examiner around May 14th.

Component 3 and 4 will be set in June 2019.



The music course enables students to develop skills in communication, improving own learning and performance, information technology, problem solving and working with others.



Advanced Level music is the stepping stone for further study of Music Technology or performing arts atHigher National or Degree Level. It can also help in a career in the music industry or in a technology/computer orientated career.


What will the lessons be like and what will I have to do?


The start of the course will build up a bank of skills in order to access the set coursework. There will be some theory lessons in the first half term but will be mixed with Practical tasks.

Tasks will be set on a weekly basis and these will need to be completed.


This course will require you to access the equipment and work independently away from the taught lessons. The coursework will not be able to be done in just the lesson time.



What did the students say about the last year’s course.



Enjoyed the own Composition ”it gave us scope to try out new ideas and own thoughts”

Lots of help with all aspects of the course

Extra time in the holidays

Standard of equipment and “hands on” lessons. Tied in with Theory aspect of course.

Listening lessons were informative and lots of handouts.



Being very precise in choosing sounds was hard

Recording takes a long time if performers are not well rehearsed

Varied activities for the listening lessons.



The Course was very very enjoyable. It was Great!!

I enjoyed being creative and having the freedom to experiment with Sequencing module and recreating a famous song.

Marking was frequent, constructive and gave top tips to improve. The Progress sheets had clear feedback and goals to help me focus on what I needed to do to reach the highest grades.

I loved the Recording, experiencing the studio and using all the cool bits of tech!!

The support that I received throughout the course was unbelievable. A joy from start to finish.





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