Specific Course Entry Requirements: GCSE Music or Music Technology, the ability to read music and to sing or play an instrument and an interest in working with music software.
Music students will need to demonstrate their performing skill on their chosen instrument or voice. You will record solo and ensemble performances and will be expected to hone these skills in a range of extra-curricular performing activities.
Students will also learn how to apply their own creative skills to both compositional techniques and free composition in a range of styles. You may choose to make use of the Cubase and Sibelius software available in the Music Department to aid this process if you wish.
Students will listen to a range of musical genres from around the world and across the centuries, study scores by identifying key musical features and gain awareness of the context in which set works were composed, thereby placing music into its social and historical context through critical analysis.
Music A level is required for professions such as music therapy, arts administration, music technology, music teaching, music production and recording, professional composing, performing and session playing. It is also respected in a broad range of other careers as it demonstrates commitment, teamwork, analytical ability, confidence, listening and presentation skills. Music A level is a rigorous academic qualification which is highly regarded by top universities.
You will enjoy the course if you are open to being introduced to a wide variety of musical styles, are willing to learn key harmony and theory concepts, have a keen interest in performing and composing and are willing to take an active role in music making both in and out of school.
KS5 Music Technology
Specific Course Entry Requirements: ideally, GCSE Music or Music Technology, the ability to read music and to sing or play an instrument and an interest in working with music software.
Music Technology students will use a variety of digital audio workstations such as Cubase and Sibelius. They will produce work based on arranging, production and sequenced re-creation.
Students will need to organise themselves and other musicians into a team to work within a studio environment. They will be introduced to a range of recording techniques, specifically looking at the technological advancements in the music industry.
Students will listen to a range of musical genres, particularly concentrating on popular music from 1910 to the present day. They will identify key musical features and gain awareness of the context in which set works were composed.
Music Technology A level is most suitable for students looking to work within the music industry in roles such as producers, live audio technicians, recording studio technicians and sound engineers.
You will enjoy the course if you enjoy working with music software, are open to being introduced to a wide variety of musical styles and have an interest in the music industry as a potential career path. You will need to be a team player when working within the recording studio environment. You should also be keen to learn through experience by helping out as part of the sound team for school Masses, concerts and school productions.