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AS Level: Music Technology at Ashby School

Course description

This course places an emphasis on music technology and the overall 
aspect of music production. It must be stressed that this course is not 
suitable for students who are only interested in rock music and 
performance. The knowledge of basic music theory is essential; simple 
notation and chord formation, plus the ability for aural perception; listening 
to music with a critical ear. 
Students will be expected to attend a short interview with the head of 
music technology in June as well as to take a theory test in September, in 
order to ascertain their suitability for the course. 
Musical performance is defined as an interpretative and creative skill using 
music technology. 
Practical aspects include digital sequencing, composition and live 
recording, as well as arranging and improvising using technology. 
Students are also required to produce written work to illustrate their 
listening and analytical skills, focusing on musical styles and technological 

Entry requirements

For all Sixth Form courses, students must have five GCSE (or equivalent) 
passes at grades A* - C, including mathematics and English language. 
The general entry requirements for studying advanced level apply: a 
minimum of Grade C in music GCSE or BTEC equivalent (if taken), or Grade 
5 instrument. Grade 3 theory is recommended but not essential.
Students may be asked to complete an interview to assess popular music 
understanding and music theory. This course is open to students who 
have a keen interest in developing their skills in live audio recording and 
every aspect of digital production and engineering, as well as arranging 
and composing using music technology. In addition, students will be tested 
on their listening and analytical skills. 

Future opportunities

Students can use the knowledge and experience gained during this course 
to pursue their musical ambitions in a range of fields, including live sound 
IT based music composition, recording studio production, live sound 
mixing, advertising, media music editing and composition and musical 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ashby School directly.

Last updated date: 27 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Unknown
  • Duration: 1 year