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A LevelMusicTechnologySpecificationPearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Music Technology (9MT0)First teaching from September 2017First certification from 2019Issue 2

Edexcel, BTEC and LCCI qualificationsEdexcel, BTEC and LCCI qualifications are awarded by Pearson, the UK’s largest awardingbody offering academic and vocational qualifications that are globally recognised andbenchmarked. For further information, please visit our qualifications website atqualifications.pearson.com. Alternatively, you can get in touch with us using the details onour contact us page at qualifications.pearson.com/contactusAbout PearsonPearson is the world's leading learning company, with 35,000 employees in more than70 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their livesthrough learning. We put the learner at the centre of everything we do, because whereverlearning flourishes, so do people. Find out more about how we can help you and yourlearners at qualifications.pearson.comThis specification is Issue 2. Key changes are sidelined. We will inform centres of anychanges to this issue. The latest issue can be found on the Pearson website:qualifications.pearson.comReferences to third party material made in this specification are made in good faith. Pearsondoes not endorse, approve or accept responsibility for the content of materials, which maybe subject to change, or any opinions expressed therein. (Material may include textbooks,journals, magazines and other publications and websites.)All information in this specification is correct at time of publication.Original origami artwork: Mark BolithoOrigami photography: Pearson Education Ltd/Naki KouyioumtzisISBN 978 1 446 95246 7All the material in this publication is copyright Pearson Education Limited 2017

Summary of Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE inMusic Technology specificationIssue 2 changesSummary of changes made between previous issue and this currentissuePagenumberNB: references to the provision of CDs have been amended as this audio format will beupdated in due course.In Assessment grid 3 the reference to acoustic guitar has been removed in18the editing heading.In Assessment grid 5 in the marking instructions the reference to ‘drum kit19and/or’ has been removed.In Area of Study 1 Topic 1.4 for the ‘other sampling parameters’ content, the23third bullet now reads ’setting pitch and key zones’.In Area of Study 1 Topic 1.11 for the ‘how different parameters affect sound’24content, the second part of the bullet now reads ‘cut-off frequency’.For the Component 2 Assessment grid 10 – in Level 3 the first bullet hasbeen amended to now read ‘Use of texture is imaginative’ rather than ‘Use of32texture ideas is imaginative’.In Component 3 for the ‘music styles’ heading a new bullet has been added35about music for the media.In Area of Study 1 Topic 1.2 for the ‘how microphones work’ content, the45information has been organised into bullet points.In Area of Study 1 Topic 1.4 for the ‘advanced parameters’ content, the third45bullet now reads ‘ setting pitch and key zones’.In Area of Study 1 Topic 1.11 for the ‘how different parameters affect sound’47content, the second part of the bullet now reads ‘cut-off frequency’.In Area of Study 2 the Topic 2.6 content covering ‘the specification of digital50recording and how they affect sound quality’ from page 49 has been movedto be covered under Topic 2.4 digital and analogue technologies.If you need further information on these changes or what they mean, contact us via ourwebsite at: tml.

Contents1Introduction2Why choose Edexcel A Level Music Technology?2Supporting you in planning and implementing this qualification3Qualification at a glance4Overview of Areas of Study627Subject content and assessment informationComponent 1: Recording8Component 2: Technology-based Composition21Component 3: Listening and analysing34Component 4: Producing and analysing42Assessment Objectives52353Administration and general informationEntries53Access arrangements, reasonable adjustments, special consideration andmalpractice53Student recruitment and progression55Appendix 1: Command word taxonomy59Appendix 2: Question types60Appendix 3: List of acronyms61Appendix 4: The context for the development of this qualification62Appendix 5: Transferable skills64Appendix 6: Level 3 Extended Project qualification65Appendix 7: Codes67

1 IntroductionWhy choose Edexcel A Level Music Technology?We’ve listened to feedback from all parts of the music technology community, includingteachers, subject associations and higher education. We’ve used this opportunity ofcurriculum change to redesign qualifications so that they reflect the demands of the evolvingmusic technology environment, allowing us to design qualifications that enable your studentsto apply themselves and give them the skills to succeed in their chosen field.Clear emphasis on music technology, without the emphasis on music theory – We’veretained the practical and theoretical elements of music technology which motivate yourstudents and reduced the emphasis on music theory which we know some students havestruggled with.Keeping the engaging practical content your students love – We know that it’simportant that the content is relevant to your students and for them to see the practicalapplication in everyday life. We’ve retained the practical tasks they love and ensured thetheory is relevant to the technology they are using.Equipping students with skills for higher education and beyond – Our content isdesigned to develop a broad range of skills including project management, appraising andanalysis, creativity and imagination. Students will be able to progress to undergraduatestudy in Music Technology, Sound Production, Sound Engineering and many other coursesrequiring a similar skill set.Clearly defined and accessible assessments – Despite an increased exam content, we’vekept a lot of practical elements in the course and given higher weighting to the examcontaining practical elements. We’ve also clearly defined the skills required in each of thenon-examination assessment assessments to help you focus on the demands and outcomes ofthe tasks.Trusted expert support when you need it – We share your passion for the subject andwill support you through the introduction of the new specification and help you feel confidentwith the new content through training events, course planners, case studies, guides andmapping documents.2Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Music Technology– Specification – Issue 2 – October 2017 Pearson Education Limited 2017

Supporting you in planning and implementing thisqualificationPlanning Our Getting Started guide gives you an overview of the new AS and A Levelqualifications to help you to get to grips with the changes to content and assessment andto help you understand what these changes mean for you and your students. We will give you an editable course planner and schemes of work which you can adaptto suit your department. Our mapping documents highlight key differences between the new and 2008qualifications.Teaching and learningThere will be free teaching and learning support to help you deliver the new qualifications,including: editable course planner and schemes of work that you can adapt to suit your department support in delivering the new non-examination assessment tasks of recording andtechnology-based composition guidance on how to co-teach the AS and A Level qualificationPreparing for examsWe will also provide a range of resources to help you prepare your students for theassessments, including: access to past papers to allow you to develop homework and test resources, marked exemplars of student work with examiner commentaries.ResultsPlusResultsPlus provides the most detailed analysis available of your students’ examperformance. It can help you identify the topics and skills where further learning wouldbenefit your students.Get help and supportOur subject advisor service will ensure you receive help and guidance from us and that youcan share ideas and information with other teachers. You can sign up to receive enewsletters to keep up to date with qualification updates and product and service news.Learn more at qualifications.pearson.comPearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Music Technology –Specification – Issue 2 – October 2017 Pearson Education Limited 20173

Qualification at a glanceContent and assessment overviewThe Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Music Technology consists of twoexternally-examined papers and two non-examined assessment components.Students must submit their non-examined assessment (NEA) and complete the examinationsin May/June in the year of certification.Component 1: Recording (*component code: 9MT0/01)Non-examined assessment: externally assessed20% of the qualification60 marksContent overviewProduction tools and techniques to capture, edit, process and mix an audio recording.Assessment overview One recording, chosen from a list of 10 songs provided by Pearson, consisting of aminimum of five compulsory instruments and two additional instruments, released on ourwebsite on 1st June in the calendar year preceding the year in which the qualification is tobe awarded. Keyboard tracks may be sequenced. Total time must be between 3 minutes and 3½ minutes. Logbook and authentication form must be supplied.Component 2: Technology-based composition (*component code: 9MT0/02)Non-examined assessment: externally assessed20% of the qualification60 marksContent overviewCreating, editing, manipulating and structuring sounds to produce a technology-basedcomposition.Assessment overview One technology-based composition chosen from three briefs set by Pearson released onour website on 1st September in the calendar year preceding the year in which thequalification 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.*See Appendix 7: Codes for a description of this code and all other codes relevant to thisqualification.4Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Music Technology– Specification – Issue 2 – October 2017 Pearson Education Limited 2017

Component 3: Listening and analysing (*component code: 9MT0/03)Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes25% of the qualification75 marksContent overview Knowledge and understanding of recording and production techniques and principles, inthe context of a series of unfamiliar commercial recordings supplied by Pearson. Application of knowledge related to all three areas of study:o recording and production techniques for both corrective and creative purposeso principles of sound and audio technologyo the development of recording and production technology.Assessment overview This paper comprises two sections: A and B and all questions are compulsory. Unfamiliar commercial recordings to accompany questions on the paper will be provided toeach student. Section A: Listening and analysing (40 marks) – four questions, each based on unfamiliarcommercial recordings supplied by Pearson (10 marks each). Section B: Extended written responses (35 marks) – two essay questions. One comparisonquestion, which uses two unfamiliar commercial recordings (15 marks).The second essay uses the final unfamiliar commercial recording provided by Pearson (20marks).Component 4: Producing and analysing (*component code: 9MT0/04)Written/practical examination: 2 hours 15 minutes (plus 10 minutes setting–up time)35% of the qualification105 marksContent overview Knowledge and understanding of editing, mixing and production techniques, to be appliedto unfamiliar materials provided by Pearson in the examination. Application of knowledge related to two of the areas of study:o recording and production techniques for both corrective and creative purposeso 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 elementof the examination, to include:o audio files relating to three instrumental/vocal parts.o 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 completedmix, 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 andMIDI materials provided that include both written responses and practical tasks. Section B: Extended written response (20 marks) – one essay focusing on a specificmixing scenario, signal path, effect or music technology hardware unit.Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Music Technology –Specification – Issue 2 – October 2017 Pearson Education Limited 20175

Overview of Areas of StudyThree Areas of Study underpin the whole specification, encouraging both breadth and depthof knowledge and understanding. In addition, within individual components, they provide acontextual focus for students’ practical and theoretical work. They are:Area of Study 1: Recording and production techniques for both corrective andcreative purposesIn component 1, the focus of this Area of Study will be on the use of recording and mixingtechniques to capture, edit and produce a recording. In component 2, the focus will be onthe use of sound creation and manipulation techniques to create, edit and structure atechnology-based composition. In component 3, the focus will be on the capture,arrangement of sounds and mixing and mastering techniques that have been used on aseries of unfamiliar commercially available recordings and in component 4, the focus will beon use of sound creation and processing techniques to correct and mix a recording.Area of Study 2: