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Geoff Page


A-Level Music Technology


Entry Requirements

GCSE Music Grade 6 would be an advantage, but not essential

Why study Music Technology?

Music A Level Technology is a really exciting subject, enabling you to compose, arrange and produce music using a whole range of technology. It will help you to develop many practical skills, from setting up the performance space and microphone placement through to in-depth mixing and mastering techniques to perfect the music you are producing. You will also learn to use a range of different musical software, and explore how to use these creatively both when producing cover versions of songs, and original compositions. This course could lead onto studying Music Technology at degree level, and pursuing a range of careers in audio production.

Where can it lead?

A-Level Music Technology will enable students to pursue a related university course. It can also directly lead onto a number of highly creative and technical careers in the music industry and related creative industries. This qualification would also help students to develop a range of transferable skills, both technical and creative.

Music Technolody Extras

There will be visits to professional recording studios, and the opportunity to learn from a number of practitioners who work creatively in the music industry and composers, engineers, and producers.

Course Content

A-Level Music Technology is divided into four components:

Component 1: Recording (20%
Component 2: Technology-based composition (20%)
Component 3: Listening and Analysing (25%)
Component 4: Producing and Analysing (35%)

Component 1: Recording
You will use production tools and techniques to capture, edit, process and mix an audio recording of a song from a list of 10 songs provided by the exam board.

Component 2: Technology-based composition
You will compose music in response to a brief set by the exam board, employing music technology to enable you to create, edit, manipulate and structure your own composition.

Component 3: Listening and Analysing
You will develop knowledge of recording and production techniques, the principles of sound and audio technology, and a broader understanding of the development of recording and production technology.

Component 4: Producing and Analysing
You will develop knowledge and understanding of editing, mixing and production techniques, and will apply these techniques to correct and creatively enhance unfamiliar recorded material.