Music Technology A Level

Overview

The Music Department has five recording studios running Logic Pro on Macs and there is a wide range of microphones, suitable for all recording applications. Additionally there is a large suite of Macs equipped with Logic Pro to allow students to undertake individual work in their own time.

The A Level Music Technology course is split into two main disciplines: Sequencing and Recording.  In order to get the most out of the course, students should be interested in a variety of popular styles of music - from the 1950s to the present day.

The Music Department is a great place to meet like-minded musicians and form bands. Performance opportunities are in abundance and include lunchtime gigs, the Spring and Winter Concerts, annual Battle of the Bands competition and Reigate College Leavers MuiscFest.

Take a look at some students' recent performances in the Performing Arts Photo Gallery.

What goes well with this course?

  • Music
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Progression

Studying Music Technology offers a variety of career paths. There are many employment opportunities including: live sound, studio engineering, music managment and events, as well as professional musician bands and solo artists.

Further Study opportunities include degree courses in all areas of Music Technology, in particular:

  • Surrey University Tonmeister course.  Usually two or three students a year secure places on this highly aclaimed course.  Tonmeister course requirements are stringent.  Students must have high grades in Maths, Physics, Music Technology/Music and Grade 5 Theory. 
  • Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts.

 

 

Course Content

Each year students produce two assessed recordings and at the end of each year there is an exam covering the technical aspects of Sequencing and Recording. During the first year, students will visit a professional Miloco studio in London to record a song and experience a mixing session. In the second year students return to the same studio for a mix session where they will mix on an analogue SSL desk.

Students will develop skills in:

  • Sequencing
  • Multi-track recording, mixing and mastering
  • Arranging
  • Composing
  • Listening and analysing styles most common in popular music

In preparation for the first year of this course, please take a look at our Starting with Confidence leaflet, which will give you a head start when you begin the course in September.

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

Music Technology students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. During the first year, students will visit a professional Miloco recording studio in London to record a song and sit in on a mixing session.  They will return to the same studio during the second year and take full control of a mix session on an analogue SSL desk.  

The Music Department is a great place to meet like-minded musicians and form bands.  Performance opportunities are in abundance and include lunchtime gigs, Winter and Spring Concerts, Reigate College Leavers' Fest and New Music Fest and the College's annual Battle of the Bands competition.

In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s:

Activities Programme and Guest Speaker Programme.

Assessment

The course is assessed through two practical and written examinations in June and externally assessed coursework.

The exam board for this A Level is Pearson Edexcel.

Entry Requirements

All students need to have at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. 

 In addition, students should meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Evidence of musical ability, for example GCSE or BTEC Music, ABRSM Grades or those offered by similar awarding bodies.
  • Grade 4 in Maths and
  • Grade 4,4 in Combined Science or Grade 4 in Physics

Acceptance on the course is subject to an audition, at which prospective students will be asked to perform their instrument to Grade 5 ABRSM standard, willl be given a basic piano sight reading test and discuss why they wish to take the course. A pass at Grade 5 ABRSM Instrument is not required as long as students can play to this standard.

Students will do well on the course if they are:

  • Creative
  • Confident
  • Natural performers – perhaps already in a band
  • Fascinated by the workings of music studios and production companies
  • Good with IT
  • Team players
  • Keen to develop studio skills to a high level

Students should be able to perform in public both as solo artists and as members of a group. In addition, students should be willing and able to organise groups of people for a recording session.

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2018

The application form for the academic year 2018-2019 is available to download here.

Students from non-partner schools must return their forms directly to Reigate College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according the College's Admissions Policy.

Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should return their completed Partner Schools Application Form to their school. 

The initial cut-off date for applications for entry September 2018 is 1st November 2017. A student's chances of obtaining a place are higher, the earlier the application is made. Students who apply after 1st November 2017 will be placed on a waiting list.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

Download Course Leaflet

Download the A Level Music Technology information leaflet.

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