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AS/A2 Music Technology

AS level

Unit 1 (Music Technology Portfolio 1)

Students will learn and use a variety of music and music technology skills. 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 Arrangement.

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.

Unit 2 (Listening and Analysing)

This 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. Two special focus styles will be selected each year for more in-depth study. For the special focus styles, students will be expected to have an extended knowledge and understanding of context.

A2 level

Unit 3 (Music Technology Portfolio 2)

This builds on skills acquired in Unit 1, and extends these to include a composition task. It involves a detailed study of: The Development of Technology in Music. Students must complete three tasks which together make the Music Technology Portfolio 2:

  • Task 3A: Sequenced Integrated Performance.
  • Task 3B: Multi-track Recording.
  • Task 3C: Composing using Music Technology.

Students will also submit a logbook which will provide information on the resources used in each task.

Unit 4 (Analysing and Producing)

Students will be expected to demonstrate their knowledge of music and the principles of music technology through a series of written commentaries, manipulations and production tasks using material provided on an examination paper and recorded on an audio CD. The examination will test students musical understanding, their ability to manipulate and correct recorded music and their ability to write commentaries on technological processes. They will also be tested on their ability to produce a balanced stereo mix.


The A level in Music can lead to further study in Music, Humanities or Performing Arts in Higher Education or at Degree or HND level. Studying Music could lead to a career in the music industry, but it can also be used to broaden your knowledge of Western culture and to develop valuable communication and creative skills for a wide range of careers.

Music Technology careers could include work as a sound engineer, record producer and in radio or TV production.