Music Technology

Music Technology is the practical science of capturing, recording and reproducing music and sound, using computers and other hardware devices. It is a highly faceted and perpetually developing subject that is becoming increasingly popular at both school and university level. Music Technology is a prerequisite for many recording and composition courses and is a highly valued qualification when applying for traditional music courses when studied alongside Music A Level. It also has direct application in technical aspects of theatre production or anything that involves live or recorded performance, with career potential in the music industry, theatre and media. 

Music Technology is a cutting edge A Level course at Gresham’s and the subject will play an increasingly prominent role in the school as the arrival of the new Britten Music School draws nearer. The state of the art recording studio and high tech performance spaces will offer wonderful teaching and learning opportunities and there is huge additional potential for student involvement via the close links with the Auden Theatre, cross-curricular links forged with other departments, enrichment sessions, Grasshopper Radio projects, individual lessons in music technology and song writing and much more. 

Studying Music Technology at Gresham’s focuses on the development of the following skills:

  • Creating original compositions and effects in a range of styles.
  • Recreating performances using listening skills.
  • Creating lifelike computer generated performances.
  • Understanding, recognising and applying recording techniques and effects.
  • Analysing different musical styles from the 20th and 21st centuries.

A-level Music Technology Content 

A level Music Technology consists of four externally assessed units: Sequenced performance; Multi-track recording; Arrangement or composition; written exam.

Unit 1 (AS) coursework 35%

  • One sequenced performance
  • One multi-track recording
  • One arrangement
  • Logbook

Unit 2 (AS) exam 15%

  • Listening and analysing

Unit 3 (A2) coursework 30%

  • One sequenced integrated performance
  • One multi-track recording
  • One composition
  • Logbook

Unit 4 (A2) exam 20%

  • Analysing and producing

Basic knowledge of music theory and sequencing is desirable but not essential.