We can't wait to welcome you to Andover College in September! 

We have created this interactive page to give you a sense of what studying Music, including Music Technology Production and Music Technology Events Support, at Andover College is like. Scroll down to learn about the 27 Club and test your knowledge through the interactive quiz! And for our Music Technology applicants test your skills with the Music Video Mayhem challenge and see what you can produce! 

We would love to see your ideas and results and any videos you have showing your talent on any instrument so please send them back to andoverapplicantwelcome@sparsholt.ac.uk with 'Music' as the email heading !  

Check out the pictures of all the extra-curriculum activities our students get to experience along with all the help and support we can provide through our experienced Careers and Health & Wellbeing teams. 

The 27 Club and Quiz!

Get your pen, paper ready and learn about some of the most iconic rock stars in the world and the outrageous things they did to earn a spot in the rock n’ roll hall of fame along with the eerie 27 club, with Chris the Music Performance lecturer!

Videos used in the presentation:

Slide 12 Howlin' Wolf

Slide 16: Jimi Hendrix

Chris has also collected together some resources worth getting familiar with prior to September, including Spotify, The 27 Club book and documentary on Woodstock. 


The 27 Club book

Woodstock Documentary 

Once you have watched the lesson have a go at the Quiz on Kahoot (link below) 


Music Technology & Events Management: Music video mayhem!

Put your skills to the test and create a music video for your favourite song - or challenge yourself with a song outside your favourite genre - Call Me Maybe anyone?! 

Download the app BandLab and have a go yourself - be sure to send us your results we would love to see what you come up with! 

Bandlab can also be downloaded onto your Iphone or Android device: here

Additional Activities

Take a look at the additional collection of activities and resources below in preparation for the start of college in September. 

Video catalogue/recommendations: 

  • How to get started making music - here. 
  • Flipping a sample by Ocean - here. 
  • What music gear do you actually need - here. 
  • How The Internet's Steve Lacy Makes Hits With His Phone - here. 

List of music software available here. 

Advice on organising a music event here. 

Looking for some more activities to get started with, why not try these!

From Phonographs to Spotify: A Brief History of the Music Industry: Create a timeline of the main audio technology - here. 

Watch this following video and identify a few main technologies that are used nowadays by music producer - here. 

Can the music industry survive the streaming revolution? Watch the video and identify 2 pros and cons of streaming services for the artists. Here. 

A beginner’s guide to music theory. What BPM stands for? What does the pitch of a note determine? What sharps and flats refer to? Here. 

Read the following article: here. 

A list of courses available online - here. 

The Open University has a variety of free online courses available in an array of different subjects. Take a look at the catalogue to choose your course! Here. 

You could also investigate the courses offered at the EtonX web page; please note these are paid for programmes that your current school may have access to so please check with them and back here regularly for updates.

Music Performance: Additional Activities 

Interested in some additional resources and activities to get involved in prior to the start of college in September? Take a look at these resources. 

Video recommendations: 

  • 6 Music presents international women’s day – Available for free with a BBC Iplayer account - here.  
  • Music Moguls: Masters of pop – Available for free with a BBC I player account: - here. 
  • Taylor Swift ‘Reputation Tour’ – Available on Netflix - even if you are not a fan of Taylor's music, this is a fantastic example of a large-scale arena tour. Outside of music it is one of the most impressive productions in current circulation, and aside from Taylor you can witness several hundred other people in their job roles such as session musicians, sound and lighting engineers, stage managers etc that help make the show a reality. 

Interesting reads: 

  • ‘Teenage: The creation of youth’ by Jon Savage – an in-depth history of different youth movements that largely help with understanding different periods of musical significance
  • ‘The most ridiculous band riders ever’ - here. 
  • How much does it cost to book your favourite band? - here. 

Activities to complete before you start college in September: 

  • Complete online lesson on ‘the 27 club’
  • Learn to play or sing a major scale
  • Ensure all equipment is working and ready to start the new term. Guitars restrung, batteries in tuners, drumsticks purchased etc
  • Review both BBC Iplayer documentaries listed above
  • List 5 bands or artists from each decade from the 1950’s to the 00’s

Follow Rick Beato on Youtube for excellent weekly content on music theory and all things music. Here. 

The Open University has a variety of free online courses available in an array of different subjects. Take a look at the catalogue to choose your course! Here. 

You could also investigate the courses offered at the EtonX web page; please note these are paid for programmes that your current school may have access to so please check with them and back here regularly for updates.

Student work 

Online learning has been an adjustment for both our students and staff and this is especially true of all the practical subjects. However, our students have not let that get in the way of their practice, check out our talented first year music performance student, Patrick, practising for his music performance techniques assessment!

Zepplar aka Ben is a 17-year old emerging producer and DJ from Salisbury, England and Andover College! Check out his track below and be sure to follow him on Spotify! 

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Our Music students also get involved with the yearly pantomime! 

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Our Courses: 

Level 2 Music (1 Year) 

BTEC Level 3 90 Credit Diploma/Extended Diploma (1-2 Years) in Music 

BTEC Level 3 Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma (1-2 Years) in Music 

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma/Diploma (1-2 Years) in Music 

BTEC Level 3 Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma (1-2 Years) in Music Technology - Events Support 

BTEC Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma (1-2 Years) in Music Technology - Production  

Careers Guidance 

Our careers guidance aims to expand the horizons of all students enabling you to make informed career decisions in order to progress both during and after college. 

Carol is our dedicated Careers Advisor for Andover College! 

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We also have our Sun Progression Mentor Anna! 

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Anna works alongside the Southern Universities Network (SUN) to help students recognise the routes of progression available to them, and to continue their journey in education! 

We recently launched the new Careers Hub located in the College library so come and say hello to Carol and Anna! 

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Social Media 

We love to post about all our students on our platforms including their achievements, trips and excellent work - take a look at some of the highlights below and make sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube! 

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Student wellbeing and support 

At Andover College we understand that starting college in these uncertain times can be daunting and we aim to make this process as simple as possible. 

We have a dedicated team that provide our students with any additional support they need including; 

  • Counselling 
  • Carer support 
  • Childcare support 
  • Confidential one-to-one services 

We have also recently introduced two new members to the wellbeing team ... Arlo and Romeo the Therapy Dogs!

Arlo and Romeo are part of the continued effort from Andover College to consistently improve on and add to provisions for students. They are based on campus with their owners throughout term.

Research has shown that students are significantly less stressed and anxious, and even have increased happiness and energy, immediately following spending time in a drop-in session with a dog present. What good boys!

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Regularly throughout the academic year the Department of Performing Arts produces a newsletter to all students across the college - check out the latest edition!

Music students create and perform a yearly Rock n' Roll gig for the whole student community!

Our Music students regularly have the opportunity to practice their performance skills through self-organised concerts and gigs in aid of good causes!

Not already applied?

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