Music Technology AS/A Level at Reigate College
The Music Department has three 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 AS/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.
Each year group produces three 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 be given the opportunity to manage the complete production process.
The Music Department is a great place to meet like-minded musicians and form bands. There are many performance opportunities, including the Spring and Winter Concerts and annual Battle of the Bands competition.
At AS Level students will develop skills in:
- multi-track recording
- listening and analysing styles most common in popular music
At A Level these skills will be extended to the integrated production, composing and developing working knowledge of industry practices in music recording.
Students will need 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above and should have evidence of musical ability, for example GCSE or BTEC Music, ABRSM Grades or those offered by similar awarding bodies. At the audition, prospective students will perform their instrument to a Grade 5 standard, be given a Grade 1 piano sight reading test and discuss why they wish to follow the course.
Students will do well on the course if they are:
- 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, they should be able to organise groups of people for a recording session.
The course is assessed through a formal written examination in June and externally assessed coursework. The exam board for this A Level is Pearson Edexcel.
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 manage to secure places on this highly aclaimed course. Tonmeister course requirements are stringent. Students must have high grades in Maths, Physics and Music Technology/Music.
- Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Reigate College directly.