A Level Music Technology (2017)

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A Level Music Technology Specification (2017)

Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Music Technology (9MT0)
First teaching from September 2017
First certification from 2019

The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Music Technology consists of two externally-examined papers and two non-examined assessment components. Students must submit their non-examined assessment (NEA) and complete the examinations in May/June in the year of certification.

Centres must ensure that recordings submitted are valid for the series in which they are submitted.

The course is broken up into the following components:

Component 1: Recording (Song Choices Released 1st June)
20%
Component 2: Technology-based Composition (Briefs Released 1st September)
20%
Component 3: Listening and analysing
25%
Component 4: Producing and analysing
35%

Areas of Study

Overview: Three Areas of Study underpin the whole specification, encouraging both breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding. In addition, within individual components, they provide a contextual focus for students’ practical and theoretical work.

  • Connector.

    Area of study 1

    Recording and production techniques for both corrective and creative purposes

  • Connector.

    Area of study 2

    Principles of sound and audio technology

  • Connector.

    Area of study 3

    The development of recording and production technology

Component 1: Recording

Non-examined assessment (Code: 9MT0/01): externally assessed
20% of the qualification
60 marks

 

Content overview
Production tools and techniques to capture, edit, process and mix an audio recording.

 

Assessment overview

  • One recording, chosen one song from a list of 10 artists provided by Pearson Edexcel, consisting of a minimum of five compulsory instruments and two additional instruments, released 1st June in the preceding year in which the qualification is to be awarded.
  • Keyboard tracks may be sequenced.
  • Total time must be between 3 minutes and 3½ minutes.
  • Logbook and authentication form must be supplied.
Component 1: Recording
20%

Component 2: Technology-based composition

Non-examined assessment (Code: 9MT0/02): externally assessed
20% of the qualification
60 marks

 

Content overview
Creating, editing, manipulating and structuring sounds to produce a technology-based composition.

 

Assessment overview

  • One technology-based composition chosen from three briefs set by Pearson Edexcel released 1st September preceding the year in which the qualification is to be awarded.
  • Synthesis and sampling/audio manipulation and creative effects use must be included.
  • Total time must be 3 minutes.
  • Logbook and authentication form must be supplied.
Component 2: Technology-based Composition
20%

Component 3: Listening and analysing

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes (Code: 9MT0/03)
25% of the qualification
75 marks

 

Content overview

  • Knowledge and understanding of recording and production techniques and principles, in the context of a series of unfamiliar commercial recordings supplied by Pearson.
  • Application of knowledge related to all three areas of study:
    • Recording and production techniques for both corrective and creative purposes
    • Principles of sound and audio technology
    • The development of recording and production technology.

Assessment overview

  • This paper comprises two sections: A and B and all questions are compulsory.
  • One audio CD with the unfamiliar commercial recordings to accompany questions on the paper will be provided per student.
  • Section A: Listening and analysing (40 marks) – four questions, each based on unfamiliar commercial recordings supplied by Pearson (10 marks each).
  • Section B: Extended written responses (35 marks) – two essay questions. One comparison question, which uses two unfamiliar commercial recordings from the CD (15 marks). The second essay uses the final unfamiliar commercial recording on the CD (20 marks).
Component 3: Listening and analysing
25%

Component 4: Producing and analysing

Non-examined assessment (Code: 9MT0/04): externally assessed
35% of the qualification
105 marks

 

Content overview

  • Knowledge and understanding of editing, mixing and production techniques, to be applied to unfamiliar materials provided by Pearson in the examination.
  • Application of knowledge related to two of the areas of study:
    • Recording and production techniques for both corrective and creative purposes
    • Principles of sound and audio technology.

 

Assessment overview

  • This paper comprises two sections: A and B and all questions are compulsory.
  • Each student will be provided with a set of audio/MIDI materials for the practical element of the examination, to include:
    • Audio files relating to three instrumental/vocal parts.
    • A single MIDI file from which a fourth instrumental part will be created or synthesised.
  • Students will correct and then combine the audio and MIDI materials to form a completed mix, which may include creating new tracks or parts from the materials provided.
  • Section A: Producing and analysing (85 marks) – five questions related to the audio and MIDI materials provided that include both written responses and practical tasks.
  • Section B: Extended written response (20 marks) – one essay focusing on a specific mixing scenario, signal path, effect or music technology hardware unit.
Component 4: Producing and analysing
35%
To keep up to date with the latest information for the 2017 Music Technology Specification, follow or contact the Music Technology Subject Advisor Jeffery Hole.

Email: TeachingMusic@pearson.com
Telephone: 020 7010 2176
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