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Music Technology A Level at Ralph Allen School

Course description

If you are fascinated by the processes of recording and producing music and have a genuine interest in the history of popular music and recording techniques then Music
Technology A Level could be a good choice for you.

Course content

Areas of Study
• Area of Study 1: Recording and production techniques for both corrective and creative purposes
• Area of Study 2: Principles of sound and audio technology
• Area of Study 3: The development of recording and production technology
Component 1: Recording

Students choose one song from a list of 10 songs or artists released by the exam board and produce a stereo mix of that song.

Component 2: Technology Based Composition
Students’ are assessed on their skills in creating, editing and structuring sounds with increased sensitivity and control to develop a technology-based composition.

Component 3: Listening and Analysing
This component gives students the opportunity to identify, analyse and evaluate a range of creative music production techniques, as applied to the unfamiliar commercial recordings supplied in the examination. As well as identifying effects and their associated parameter settings, students will explain the principles behind the choice of the effects heard on each recording, and their sonic character, in a series of written responses.

Component 4: Producing and Analysing
This component assesses students’ knowledge of the techniques and principles of music technology through a series of written and practical tasks, in the context of audio and MIDI materials provided in the examination. The production stages of sound creation, audio editing and mixing will be covered. Students will work with unedited audio and MIDI materials that have been captured using microphone, DI and sequencing techniques. The examination will assess the ability to process
and correct these materials using a range of production skills, culminating in a series of audio bounces/exports for individual instrumental/vocal parts, plus a final stereo mix. Students will refine and combine pre-existing ‘ingredients’ of a mix to form a convincing final product.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at Grades 9-5 and at least a Grade 5 at GCSE Music. Students who have not taken GCSE Music may be accepted on to the A level course if they can demonstrate
practical and theoretical skills at the equivalent level.


Component 1: Recording 20%
• Non-examined assessment: externally assessed
Component 2: Technology Based Composition 20%
• Non-examined assessment: externally assessed
Component 3: Listening and Analysing 25%
• Written examination
Component 4: Producing and Analysing 35%
• Practical/Written examination

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 January 2018

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