Music Technology

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PEARSON EDEXCEL: Level 3 - Advanced GCE in Music Technology (9MTO)

The Music Technology course has a distinctly different focus from the Music A level course. Topics covered include music recording and production techniques, sound and audio technology and how the development of technology changed with and influenced popular music. If you’re more Pharrell Williams than John Williams, this could be the course for you!

During the course, students learn to how produce their own recordings and compositions using advanced features of Logic Pro® in both the computer suite and the recording studio. Students will also build an understanding of the technical processes and principles that underpin effective use of music technology and learn about the development of popular music from the early 20th century through to the present day.
This course will be particularly well-suited to students who are already performing, writing or producing their own music.

Entry Requirements

  • An active interest in popular music, including how today’s recording techniques developed
  • The desire to learn about a diverse range of genres including disco, reggae, dance, jazz, metal and commercial pop
  • Ideally, GCSE Music at Grade C or above. If you have chosen not to take GCSE Music your previous experience will be considered
  • A basic level of keyboard skill and the ability to read music using conventional notation in treble and bass clefs.

Course Content

Unit Assessment Duration Weighting
1: Produce a 3-3.5 minute recording of a pop song, to include 7 different instruments. Submitted with accompanying logbook Non-examined assessment (NEA); externally marked TBC 20%
2: Produce a 3-minute composition using synthesis, sampling and creative use of effects. Submitted with accompanying logbook 20%
3: Listening and Analysing exam, including analyzing unfamiliar popular music recordings and extended essay questions Written examination with audio CD 1½ hours 25%
4: Producing and Analysing exam, in which students are required to edit audio and MIDI files as per the examination instructions, and complete an essay focusing on a particular technological effect, hardware unit or mixing scenario Written/practical examination 2 hours and 25 minutes 35%

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Looking Further Ahead

Following the Music Technology course, you may wish to progress to a college course or degree in Music Technology or Sound Production. 

Careers within Music Technology include Record Producing, Sound Engineering and Composing for TV, film, computer games and teaching.

Previous students have gone to Leeds College of Music to study Music Production.