Entry criteria (GCSE grades):
Students should demonstrate a strong practical interest in the subject, as a performer, a composer, or technologist. Students do not have to have taken Music at GCSE.
Music technology is about composing or creating music and sounds through a creative use of electronic hardware and computer software. It is also about knowing how the technology works and how it has developed over time. This is a new specification that emphasises the practical elements of music technology; audio recording and composing music at a Digital Audio Workstation. There is no crossover between this and Music A Level and the two subjects complement each other. Performance skills are not assessed, and you don't need to be a 'note reader', but you do need good aural discrimination. Skills learned here are applicable both musically and technically in many areas of the media and entertainment industry.
Component 1 - Multi-track recording (externally assessed coursework, 20%)
• Production tools and techniques to capture, edit, process and mix an audio recording.
Component 2 - Technology-based composition
(externally assessed coursework, 20%)
• Creating, editing, manipulating and structuring sounds to produce a composition to a brief.
Component 3 - Listening & Analysing
(written examination, 25%).
• Exam based on listening to a range of songs recorded from the 1950s onwards.
• Knowledge and understanding of recording and production techniques and principles.
• Knowledge of the development of technology from the 1930s.
Component 4 - Producing & Analysing
(written/practical examination, 35%)
• Practical examination using Logic to create, edit and master a mix.
• Knowledge and understanding of editing, mixing and production techniques.
Areas of study:
1: Recording and production techniques for both corrective and creative purposes.
2: Principles of sound and audio technology.
3: The development of recording and production technology.
How the course is assessed:
Two externally assessed exams (60%) and two non-examined assessment components (coursework, 40%).
There are many opportunities for the creative music technologist: arranging and composing for TV or film; sound design for computer games; software coding; acoustic design; sound engineer; record producer; broadcaster; and the diverse range of Music Technology degree courses.
Teacher responsible: Mr R Picton