A Level Music Technology
60% examination and 40% non-examined assessment at both AS and A Level.
Area of Study 1: Recording (20%)
Students will be given a choice of 10 songs from Pearson Edexcel and they will pick one to record. For example Stereophonics - Could You Be the One/ R.E.M - Losing My Religion
Non-Examined assessment: Externally assessed.
Area of Study 2: Technology-based composition (20%)
Students will be given a brief from Pearson Edexcel and they will be asked to write a piece of music based on a brief. For Example Write a piece for a poem/ Write a piece for a given Film/ Write a piece for a certain scenario e.g. The Weather.
Non-Examined Assessment: Externally Assessed.
Area of Study 3: Listening and Analysing Exam (25%) (1 hour 30 minutes)
Knowledge and understanding of recording and production techniques and principles, in the context of a series of unfamiliar commercial recordings supplied by Pearson Edexcel.
Written Examined Assessment
Area of Study 4: Written/Practical examination (35%) (2 hour 15 minutes)
Knowledge and understanding of editing, mixing and production techniques, to be applied to unfamiliar materials provided by Pearson Edexcel.
A2 Music Technology will build on the knowledge developed at AS level and Recordings and Compositions will require a better technological understanding. In the exams there will be more questions which will require a deeper understanding of different technological techniques and how to apply them in a real life situation.