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Music Technology

Music Technology

Music Technology


Specification: Pearson/Edexcel


Qualification type: A Level


Entry criteria (GCSE grades)

Students should demonstrate a strong practical interest in the subject, as a performer, a composer, or a technologist.


Subject description

Music Technology is about composing or creating music, or synthesising sounds, through a creative use of electronic hardware and computer software. It is equally about knowing how the technology works, how it has developed over time, and understanding where it can take the musician as it advances.  Skills learned here are applicable both musically and technically in all areas of the media and entertainment industry.

This new specification has no requirement for knowledge of music theory while emphasising the practical and theoretical elements of music technology. It should be seen as completely separate (and complementary) to traditional Music A Level.


Units studied


Component 1: Recording (externally assessed, 20%)

Production tools and techniques to capture, edit, process and mix an audio recording.

Component 2: Technology-based composition (externally assessed, 20%)

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

Composition 3: Listening & Analysing (written exam 25%)

Knowledge and understanding of recording and production techniques and principles.

Component 4: Producing & Analysing (written/practical examination, 35%)

Knowledge and understanding of editing, mixing and production techniques.

Application of knowledge related to Areas of Study 1 and 2.


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

For both the AS and A Level courses, two external exams (60%) and two non-examined assessment components (coursework, 40%).


Post-18 opportunities

There are many opportunities for the creative music technologist, for example: arranging and composing for TV or film; sound design for computer games; software coding; acoustic design; sound engineer; record producer; broadcaster. The diverse range of Music Technology degree courses currently on offer reflects this breadth of opportunity.


Teacher responsible:  Mr R Picton