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 will be released here, in three phases (see table below) and should be completed by Choices Day on 1 September 2021. Please throw yourself into them and above all enjoy them!
Please note, some Course Leaders (for example for Music) may release their tasks earlier, as they may form part of the College’s audition process. If this applies to you, you’ll be notified separately.
New Starters Course Tasks and Activities
To be completed by
Explore your Subject
IMPORTANT – for this course the Explore your Subject tasks should be completed by 18th June. Get Going will then be released for completion by 9th July, followed by a five minute interview via SchoolCloud the week commencing 12th July. These tasks will be used for the audition process.
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?
‘Get Going’ BTEC Music task I would like you to take a Beatle song of your
choice and produce a cover of it, in a completely different style to the
You may need
to research some different styles in order to complete this task.
genres could include Jazz, Blues, R&B, Soul, Funk, Rock n Roll, Punk,
Grunge, Rock, Country, Rap/ Hip Hop or Reggae – to name but a few!
Record a performance of your cover version and submit it via the link below. Please remember to use your full name as the file name.
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.