Music Technology A Level

 

Students will study four components:

Component 1: Recording

Non-examined assessment: coursework

20% of the qualification

 

Content overview

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

Assessment overview

● One recording, chosen from a list of 10 songs provided

Component 2: Technology-based composition

Non-examined assessment: coursework

20% of the qualification

Content overview

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

composition.

Assessment overview

● One technology-based composition chosen from three briefs

Component 3: Listening and analysing

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

25% of the qualification

Content overview

● Knowledge and understanding of recording and production techniques and principles, in the context of a series of unfamiliar commercial recordings

Assessment overview

● This paper comprises two sections

● Section A: Listening and analysing (40 marks) – four questions, each based on unfamiliar commercial recordings

● Section B: Extended written responses (35 marks) – two essay questions. One comparison question, which uses two unfamiliar commercial recordings and the second essay uses the final unfamiliar commercial recording.

Component 4: Producing and analysing

Written/practical examination: 2 hours 15 minutes

35% of the qualification

Content overview

● Knowledge and understanding of editing, mixing and production techniques, to be

applied to unfamiliar materials provided by Pearson in the examination..

Assessment overview

● This paper comprises two sections: A and B and all questions are compulsory.

● Each student will be provided with a set of audio/MIDI materials for the practical element of the examination

● Students will correct and then combine the audio and MIDI materials to form a completed mix, which may include creating new tracks or parts