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Music Technology AS & A level at Friesland School

Course description

Music technology plays a key role in music across the world. This qualification (the only Advanced Subsidiary and advanced level GCE in Music Technology) is designed to open up a range of exciting and useful tasks to encourage students to learn about the subject. Students, including those who do not play a traditional instrument, are encouraged to explore their musicality and create original materials using technology.


Course content


Students will learn and use a variety of music and music technology skills in order to complete this unit. MIDI sequencing and multi-track recording as well as arranging skills are all key components assessed through the practical work carried out. Students must complete three tasks which together make the Music Technology Portfolio 1:

Task 1A: Sequenced Realised Performance

Task 1B: Multi-track Recording Task 1C: Creative Sequenced


Students will also submit a logbook that will provide information on the resources used in each task as well as assessed questions on their creative sequenced arrangement.


This unit provides students with an opportunity to study the styles most common in popular music. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate this knowledge using aural discrimination skills. Students are required to study the development of popular music styles from 1910 through to the present day. This is not intended to be a comprehensive and in-depth study of every popular, jazz or rock music style, but an overview of the main styles and trends during the development of popular music. Two special focus styles will be selected each year for more in depth study. For the special focus styles, in addition to the main fingerprints of the style, students will be expected to have an extended knowledge and understanding of context.

You must be able to read notation fluently (TAB not accepted as a form of notation by the exam board) and be confident as a composer.

You must have experience using music technology software, analogue mixing desks and live recording.

Entry requirements

Grade 5 standard on your chosen instrument.


Future opportunities

There are many important opportunities in higher education, and many career possibilities for those proficient in handling music technology. GCE in Music Technology has been widely accepted by higher education providers and this Music Technology Advanced GCE will continue to provide valuable experience and preparation for students aiming for HE in the subject. Music technology careers could include work as a sound engineer or record producer

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September