Course overview

The music technology A level embraces the rapid growth of computer-based technology within the music industry, throughout a range of different media, including MIDI generated information and the recording and manipulation of ‘real-time’ audio.

Students will complete a variety of tasks ranging from the programing of existing popular music through to creative, compositional projects. The practical elements of the course are consolidated by the theoretical study of the development of technology and the implementation of conventions which have developed within popular music.

What will I study?

The course will be assessed through four components, two of which are coursework and two are exam related. The first component is recording and you will be asked to produce, record and mix a studio based multi-track recording. The second component is a composition piece, where you are asked to create an original piece of music which focuses on the musical material and manipulation of technology. The third area will cover listening and analysis and looks at the development of music technology equipment, principals and implementation together with its relationship to the evolution of popular music. Finally you look at music production and the assembly and manipulation of audio and MIDI synthesised material accompanied by the testing of basic theoretical concepts.

What can it lead to?

The music technology A level supports various degrees with students being awarded places at a wide variety of institutes including, Birmingham Conservatoire, Leeds College of Music, Oxford University, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Staffordshire University, Birmingham University and Surrey University.  The types of careers you can go into cover a number of industries from music, production, broadcasting and journalism.

Special entry requirements

GCSE grade 5 in music or grade 3 music theory.

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