A level music technology edexcel

Task 3B Summer Task

In Music Technology by phoenixgreen8 Comments

Over the past few years we have covered the below songs for Task 3B:

  • Dani California – by Red Hot Chilli peppers
  • Mr Brightside – by The Killers
  • Princess of China – by Coldplay


This year we will be voting on the song / songs that we would most like to record in Term 6. In the ‘Student Input Area’ below, recommend a song. This should include the following:

  • The band who originally recorded it
  • The title of the song
  • A link to the song e.g. a link to the video on youtube


Once all the contenders are in please vote on the one that you would most like to record.


Side Note / Requirements:

  • Song must be available for general release
  • Song must last 3 to 5 minutes
  • Must be a suitable arrangement to be able to include a minimum of 4 acoustic instruments




  1. Choices – To Kill A King

    If it wins, and you voted I will pay you each £5. Listen to all of it, its a slow start however is excellently structured (musically). I believe that the skill that went into the production of this ensemble can be repeated tastefully, yes with effort but hopefully with fun along the way :p I love you all fellow music technians.

    I have a dream

    Ps I love 1.58

    Yours faithfully,

    Rob Thorogood

    See Link Below


  2. What instruments count as acoustic? There’s this huge debate in the facebook group right now, and no one seems to know for sure.

    1. Author

      Hi Laurence
      This is a good question and the answer is, any instrument that doesn’t use electricity to amplify the sound is classified as an acoustic instrument. I wouldn’t worry too deeply about this part of the Task 3B specification. As it is aimed at getting the students to record a wider range of instruments than they did for AS, the marking criteria is very loose regarding this aspect of the brief (Almost non existent).

      I hope this helps clear this one up. https://musictechstudent.co.uk/webinars/teaching-music-tech-webinar-task-1b-3b/

  3. Hi, I have a question regarding the 3B instructions for 2017-2018. For “four percussion instruments (Topic B)” can I record a drum kit with 4 parts as the 4 instruments (e.g. snare, kick, hihat, crash) or does a drum kit only count as 1 percussion instrument. Thanks

    1. Author

      Hi, Unfortunately the drum kit only counts as 1 percussion instrument. To fulfil this brief I would use a combination of Drum Kit, tambourine, shaker and hand drum. Remember not all have to be playing at the same time.

      I hope this helps

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