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    Hi,

    I am currently in year 11 and I am applying for a college. As one of my three subject choices I have chosen music tech. I have read the entry requirements for the subject and one requirement that the college I am applying for asks is that you can perform on 'at least' one instrument. Now, I am not graded on any instrument as learning to play one was never really an interest of mine. However, I can play the keyboard quite well and I have a decent knowledge about chord structures, harmonics and composing melodies due to the three years that I have been producing music for. I also know that being able to read sheet music is a required skill but I only have a very limited knowledge about it and could only really transcribe a couple of bars. However, I do have a bit of time to learn such a skill which isn't much of a problem.

    Do you think that this is enough to study the subject? When it comes to the technical/computer side (sequencing, sound design, composition, mixing and mastering) I will definitely not struggle as it is a natural skill of mine (plus, I have been producing for three years now) which puts me at a great advantage.

    A second query I have is surrounding the actual content of the subject. I mainly specialise in electronic dance music (edm) and I was wondering if there is anything to do with such a genre in the course? A lot of people have been saying on other threads (these are much older though) that it mostly consists of classical forms and pop.

    I know some of the points in my thread have been asked on the forum before but most of the threads I have found are quite old.

    Thanks for your help.
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    Sorry you've not had any responses about this.

    Why not try posting in a specific subject forum- you might have more luck there.

    Here's a link to our subject forum which should help get you more responses.

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    Hi I don't know if this is any use now but I currently study Music tech AS at College and it is my favourite subject. It isn't classical at all and ranges from Blues to Heavy Rock/ Metal. If you've already picked it as an option I'm sure you'll know what it's about. Each year has a set focus for the second section of the exam, mine is Punk and New Wave, and Club Dance, you can find this on the spec online and will be able to see what yours is.

    In regards to playing an instrument, being able to play the keyboard is good for the coursework as that requires a lot of midi input, being able to read music notation is also important but you could probably just write the notes on under the stave if you struggle and this part of the coursework is more about being able to match the song, and if you have a musical ear you may not even need the score that much.

    The best advice anyone can give you is to study the specification online before you even start the course, as the coursework deadline may seem like far away at first but it does come around quick and it's best to know as much as you can before you choose it, i.e mark schemes and what they are looking for.

    For me, it was the best decision I've made. Many people have actually put their coursework on YouTube from previous years, so if you want to see what the standard of grading is like, I'd check that out too.

    If you want any more info just ask. : )
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    Heya,

    I've just done my first year of music tech and I went in with no theory, no exams, just a want to learn the subject really.

    I play guitar at about grade 4/5 standard and I sing, but you don't need to be particularly talented in an instrument (though the ability to play keyboard is helpful, you can still input into MIDI without playing directly)...

    You need to know the creation of effects, but that should be taught to you,

    I'm currently struggling due to not having theory knowledge but I'm still predicted a C which is impressive, considering. The theory is a large chunk of the exam, being able to use notation, rhythms, and general music terminology.

    As for the genres, you'll have 3 tasks, only one of which you'll have a choice of genre.

    This year for task 1a, I had to recreate Rather Be by Clean Bandit ~ the song is given to you and this task is tedious and kills the song... (20% of the as level)

    Task 1b is recording, so this is where your musical instrument ability is used; your school/college will pick a song and you'll have to recreate it live with various people ~ if you can't play an instrument, someone else can do it for you and you can just mix it once it's all recorded. (20% of the as level)

    Task 1c is where you get some choice. You'll have 2 well known songs and 2 genres and you have to choose one song and recreate it in the style of one of the genres. Here it's important to have reasoning behind your decisions so to add an understanding through theory would be useful. (20% of the as level)

    Then 10% of the AS level is through a logbook which is pretty easy tbh, took me like 2 days to write

    Then 30% is the exam which you just need to know theory and then you'll be taught the rest of what you need to know throughout the course!


    If you've have recording experience, you're one step ahead of me, and I've put in barely any work for this subject so I'm sure you could get above a C and possibly even an A

    Doesn't seem like there's many music tech students on here so message me if you have anything else to ask))




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    Hi,

    I am currently in year 11 and I am applying for a college. As one of my three subject choices I have chosen music tech. I have read the entry requirements for the subject and one requirement that the college I am applying for asks is that you can perform on 'at least' one instrument. Now, I am not graded on any instrument as learning to play one was never really an interest of mine. However, I can play the keyboard quite well and I have a decent knowledge about chord structures, harmonics and composing melodies due to the three years that I have been producing music for. I also know that being able to read sheet music is a required skill but I only have a very limited knowledge about it and could only really transcribe a couple of bars. However, I do have a bit of time to learn such a skill which isn't much of a problem.

    Do you think that this is enough to study the subject? When it comes to the technical/computer side (sequencing, sound design, composition, mixing and mastering) I will definitely not struggle as it is a natural skill of mine (plus, I have been producing for three years now) which puts me at a great advantage.

    A second query I have is surrounding the actual content of the subject. I mainly specialise in electronic dance music (edm) and I was wondering if there is anything to do with such a genre in the course? A lot of people have been saying on other threads (these are much older though) that it mostly consists of classical forms and pop.

    I know some of the points in my thread have been asked on the forum before but most of the threads I have found are quite old.

    Thanks for your help.
    hey, im in year 12 doing music tech, i play drum but never needed it, im a producer and you get 3 tasks in year 12, recreate a song to sound like original, easy peasy. 1b record a song with mics no software instruments. task 3 remix a song if u produce you will be flying through the course, probs teaching the teachers some stuff aswell. and there is a music listening exam, basically they give u songs and you answer questions about it like how it was recorded, what chord is used here, and some stuff about the genre of music... its a great course good fun and mostly coursework u will be good at so defo take it as an A level
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    (Original post by Tegankemp)
    Task 1b is recording, so this is where your musical instrument ability is used; your school/college will pick a song and you'll have to recreate it live with various people ~ if you can't play an instrument, someone else can do it for you and you can just mix it once it's all recorded. (20% of the as level)
    Just to add to this, my college gave us pretty free reign on the song we chose for the recording. We were told as long as it's not an own creation (can be bought on iTunes) then we can record it. Not sure if this is common across all schools/colleges though so you may be forced to do a song of their choice if you do take music tech.
 
 
 
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