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Music Technology A Level at Ashfield School

Course description

Music Technology is a course for students who would like to pursue a career in Music Production. You will study a range of things related to this industry such as arranging, recording and sequencing music, both for live instruments and computer based software. You will develop compositional and arrangement skills and gain an appreciation as to how popular recordings are put together and produced.

Course content

Task 1a: Sequencing: For this task you will be required to sequence a popular song using logic (sequencing software on Mac computers) to create an exact copy of the track. No arrangement or recording is required on this task.

Task 1b: Recording: In task 1b, students are required to record live instruments a multi-track recording using the recording studio. Students must record between 4 and 8 tracks and 4 of these must be recorded using close microphone techniques.

Task 1c: Arrangement: In this task students are asked to create an original arrangement of a popular song in a different style, ‘Seven Nation Army’ in a club dance style for example. Students will be given a choice of two songs and two styles from the exam board.

Task 2: Exam: For the exam, students will be tested on Development of Music Technology from 1910 to present day. Students will study, and be tested on the following sections:

  • Microphone techniques and development
  • History of popular music, synthesisers and guitars
  • Two set styles (these change each year)
  • Set styles from each decade in popular music
  • Basic music theory

Task 3a: Integrated sequencing: For this task students are required to produce an exact copy of the track given to them (similar to Task 1a at AS level). For the A2 course, students must also record live vocals and one other audio track and add these into the sequenced track.

Task 3b: Recording: Again, similar to the AS course however this time with more live audio tracks. Students must record 12-24 tracks and 8 of these must be recorded using close microphone technique.

Task 3c: Composition: Students are required for Task 3c to create an original composition based around a stimulus given to them by the exam board. Students will create a composition based around either a video, a poem or a scene.

Task 4: Sequencing Exam: Students are given small samples from the exam board and need to create an original arrangement within the given time.

Entry requirements

5 A*-C grades at GCSE. Ability to read music preferable but not essential.


Coursework (portfolio on CD) and Exam.

Future opportunities

Music Technology A-level is excellent preparation for students who want to pursue the subject into higher education. Alternatively, it could lead to direct entry into employment or further training in the music industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ashfield School directly.

Last updated date: 10 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years