Hello and welcome to Reigate College’s Music Department.
My name is Kate Swan and I’m the Head of Music.
I’m pleased you’ve chosen to study Music at Reigate College and I’m looking forward to welcoming you in person to our friendly team at the beginning of the academic year. We’re incredibly lucky to have such a well resourced Music Department, together with talented students and amazingly supportive staff and music alumni. Take a look at some of our recent collaborations completed over lockdown: Times Like These; Don’t Go Out; Sir Duke and I wish it could be Christmas Everyday
In preparation for you joining the course and to maintain your music skills, I’d like you to complete a series of activities over the coming months. I hope you enjoy working through them. These will also be the audition process for 2021 starters due to the current COVID restrictions in place.
The tasks shown within Explore your Subject and Get Going will be used for audition purposes, so it’s really important you complete them by the dates indicated. You will also be expected to take part in a short interview during the week of 12 July.
To be completed by
Explore your Subject
Explore your Subject
As you won’t be able to come into College for your Music audition this year, we would like you to work on your audition materials at home and then send them to us as your ‘Explore your Subject’ tasks for Music (Performance) BTEC Level 3.
Please make sure you label your files for both tasks with your full name before submitting them via the folder link below.
The Biography should make reference to your musical skills and experiences and how you see your life as a musician developing once you start at Reigate College (and beyond if you see Music as a future career path).
Please submit your Biography at the same time as your Performance Video – via the folder link above – and label all files with your name in the title.
Please include each of the following in your biography:
How long you have been playing instrument / instruments?
What made you want to study Music?
What are you inspirations / influences?
What musical experiences do you have? Performing live, recording, playing with a band as a solo artist or composer?
How do you see your life as a musician developing once you start at Reigate and beyond?
What do you want to take away from the BTEC Music (Performance) course?
TASK 1: Compose a verse-chorus song lasting no more than two
minutes. The subject of the song can be anything you like. Your piece can be in
any key and we only want to hear chords and the melody line. Please be ready to
perform this in your first Music lesson in September
TASK 2: Use www.musictheory.net to ensure you are familiar with the topics in the following sections:
The Basics – all sections
Rhythm and Metre – all sections
Scales and Key Signatures – all sections
Intervals – all sections
The first two lessons from Chords, Diatonic Chords and the first from Chord Progressions would be a bonus.