Hello and welcome to Reigate College’s Music Department.
My name is Nick Nekanda-Trepka and I’m course leader for the Music Technology course.
I’m pleased you’ve chosen to study Music Technology A Level at Reigate College. I’m looking forward to welcoming you in person to our friendly team at the beginning of the academic year and familiarising you with our amazing resources.
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 two of our recent collaborations: Times Like These; Don’t Go Out.
For many of you, this subject will be new, so I’m setting some activities for you to complete independently from home over the coming months. Even if you have some prior knowledge, these tasks will give you an introduction to the skills and approach required at advanced level. I hope you enjoy the activities and I looking forward to seeing your work in September.
All of the tasks should be completed by Choices Day on 25 August.
The tasks will be released here in three phases:
Explore your Subject – 4 May
As you won’t be able to come into College for your Music Technology audition this year, we would like you to work on your audition materials at home and then send them to us by 1 June, as your ‘Explore your Subject’ tasks for Music Technology A Level.
Please make sure you label any files you submit with your full name in the file title via the folder link below.
Audio question 1: Describe the relationship between these two chords.
Audio question 2: Listen carefully and describe the differences between these two sounds.
What instrument(s) do you play, for how long, and what grades have you achieved?
What music experience do you have, e.g. playing solo or in a band, writing/recording your own music?
What made you want to study music?
What are your inspirations / influences?
What skills do you hope to learn or develop during the Music Technology course?
What would be your dream job, musical or otherwise?
Task 3: Optional Recording
Finally, if you have already had experience of recording and producing your own music, you are invited to submit one MP3 or WAV file of your work via the folder link above. Note that this is not a requirement for successful application, but may help to substantiate any experience you mention in your bio.
You should complete these tasks by 1 June.
Get Going – 1 June
Starting the Music Technology A Level
course with some basic
tech-based composition and recording skills will
give you a great start.
Some of you may already have music software on your
devices and computers (GarageBand for example is included for free with Apple
devices) but there is other free software you can access too – see the
suggested list below.
For your Get Going task I would like you to compose a short piece of music or song in any style, using software you have already, or using one of the recommended apps below.
This unexpected, exam-free time you have, gives you the perfect opportunity to find out what’s available and start experimenting with it.
Your composition should be:
• In A minor
• At 100bpm
• Include synthesised elements / drum sounds programmed within the software
• Include an audio recording of your instrument using the built-in mic on your laptop or phone
Please submit an MP3 or WAV file of your work by 1 July using this link.
You should name your file,
as before, with your full name.
Recommended free software:
iOS/ANDROID: BandLab is a fantastic music production app with onboard
synths, recording and mixing capabilities. Download from your usual app
• FOR MAC/PC: Studio One 4
Prime is intuitive, powerful, and has similarities to Logic Pro X which we use
on the course.
We will be contacting all students in
July regarding the outcome of the auditions. For students who are successful
and will be enrolling onto the A Level Music Technology course, you will need
to complete the following task by 25 August.
final task, we’d like you to spend some time learning how synthesisers work. As
you’ll discover, this is a vital part of the Music Tech course.
introduce yourself to many of the important concepts by using the below
brilliant and highly entertaining interactive online resource which uses
synthesisers that run inside your browser. You can even access it on your
TASK 1: Go to the following link and work your
way through the pages: