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AS/A level Music Technology at Landau Forte Academy Tamworth Sixth Form

Course description

Examination Board: Edexcel


Computers are incredibly fast, accurate and stupid. Human beings are incredibly slow, inaccurate and brilliant. Together they are powerful beyond imagination.’

Albert Einstein

Music Technology relies on computers and has rapidly developed over the years, offering a number of career opportunities for students who wish to work in the music and media industries. With the growth of digital television, radio, downloading and live music venues, there is a widening market for recording engineers, live sound engineers, composers, performance artists and many other career roles that do not exist yet.

Aims of the course

This course will enable students to:

 extend their knowledge, skills and understanding of music technology to communicate their creative ideas through composing, performing and listening

 engage in, and extend their appreciation of the diverse and dynamic heritage of music, promoting spiritual and cultural development

 develop particular strengths and interests, encouraging lifelong learning and providing access to music related careers

 provide a stimulating, challenging, comprehensive course of study that broadens experience, develops imagination, fosters creativity and promotes personal and social development

 discover how technology influences the way music is produced and listened to


Students will develop computing skills through the use of Cubase and Pro Tools software by creating a realistic version of a piece commissioned by Edexcel, recording an 8 to 12 track piece using close mic. techniques and develop compositional ideas through a creative arrangement also set by Edexcel. These make up Unit 1 (70%).

Unit 2 (30%) requires students to study set styles of music and know in detail the history of Music Technology from the first microphones to the most up to date gadgets.

Unit 1: Music Technology Portfolio 1

Unit 2: Listening and Analysing


Students will develop sequencing skills further through creating faithful reproduction of a specific piece set by Edexcel combining midi and audio production techniques. Develop studio techniques further with a 24 track recording and compose to a set brief that will allow you to develop your use of music through technology. This makes up Unit 3 (60%).

Unit 4 (40%) consists of students being given a CD consisting of seven to ten tracks that requires mixing to specific given guidelines and complete questions based on the history of Music Technology and explain how equipment and software works.

Unit 3: Music Technology Portfolio 2

Unit 4: Analysing and Producing

Who is the course aimed at?

There are many opportunities in higher education and many career possibilities for those proficient in handling music technology.

The GCE Music Technology A Level gives you a strong foundation for higher education where you could focus on:

 sound engineering, acoustics, record producing

 composing music for film, TV, adverts or freelance

 work in the many elements of the music industry

 becoming a music technology teacher

 using your musical skills and knowledge in other careers, such as event management or leisure/tourism.

Music Technology A level has become widely accepted by many top universities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Landau Forte Academy Tamworth Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September