AS Level: Music Technology at Ashby School
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
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
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.
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