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