Music Technology AS/A Level

Music Technology AS/A Level

The Music Technology A level course introduces you to some of the disciplines involved in the academic study of the subject. You will develop the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to compose, sequence, record, analyse and produce music in the modern music industry. AS level Music Technology students will create a multitrack recording and a technology based composition, each lasting 2.5 minutes. The recording will be completed in our industry standard studio using Logic Pro X and the composition will allow you to explore the use of synthesis, sampling/audio manipulation and sound structure. The listening and analysing exam will assess your knowledge of recording and production techniques for both corrective and creative purposes, the principles of sound and audio technology and the development of recording and production technology. The production exam will assess your knowledge and understanding of editing, mixing and production techniques, by applying them to unfamiliar materials provided by the exam board, as well as principles of audio technology. In A level Music technology the course content is largely the same as the AS course, however you will refine your recording and composition skills to higher professional levels and study principals of audio technology in greater depth. The majority of lessons will be spent composing or mixing on our iMacs or recording in one of our three studios. .

English and Maths GCSE at grade 4 or above. The ability to read music notation confidently and basic keyboard playing skills are essential. Music GCSE is beneficial but not mandatory.
AS level - 40% coursework and 60% examination. A level - 40% coursework and 60% examination. All work externally assessed.
Music Technology A level combines well with many other subjects including Maths, Physics, Music and Media. Students who take Music Technology A level can progress to degree courses such as the Tonmeister degree at the University of Surrey, Music Production at Leeds College of Music, Music Production at Huddersfield University, Live Sound Engineering at ACM and Music Technology at Birmingham Conservatoire.

Career opportunities include:

• sound engineering

• music production

• teaching

• composing for film and media

• music journalism

• music software development