Why should I study this course?
Choose this course if you enjoy performing and recording and are creative in your approach. You need a keen interest in music and the ability to play a contemporary or classical instrument such as a guitar, drums, violin etc, or have the confidence to sing to a good standard. If you are experienced in music already, your skills will be put to good use especially in the units that require you to perform.
You should choose to study music if you enjoy learning about music with an interest in live sound and practical performance. It is a practical course with many opportunities for playing your instrument for parts of your assessments but you will need to complete some written work.
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What will I study?
Unit 1: Practical Music Theory and Harmony
This unit will develop your knowledge and understanding of fundamental music theory and how it’s applied in practical musical activities. You will develop and apply theoretical knowledge in a relevant, useful, and meaningful way.
Unit 2: Professional Practice in the Music Industry
This unit considers the importance of professional practice in the music industry and is designed to enable you to develop the relevant skills, knowledge, and understanding needed. Behind the bright lights, costumes, gigs, sessions, and festivals, the music industry is run by people who are measured by how professional they are in their behavior. Being professional is not optional in the music industry – it is key – and the industry treats it as highly important. Being professional is something that you have to learn very quickly as judgments are made early and building and maintaining your reputation is important when you are self-employed and freelance.
Unit 3: Ensemble Music Performance
In this unit, you will become part of a musical group and will develop your ensemble skills by taking part in rehearsals. As an ensemble, you will be given a list of songs from which you must choose three. You will then learn, rehearse, and perform these songs to an audience. You will also provide a presentation on how you used different techniques, stylistic and musical elements in the musical parts you performed.
Unit 6: Solo Performance
In this unit, you will explore and practice the specific skills associated with performing as a soloist. These will include: how to engage your audience, stagecraft, as well as musical practice and rehearsal required. There are many hours of preparation and practice involved and you will develop the process – that all successful musicians undertake – of creative reflection in order to improve. This unit prepares you for studying performance as a soloist as well as for performing live.
How is the course assessed?
The course is structured by assignments and every task you are asked to do will feature within one of the assignments. There are usually 3 assignments per unit per year. Most of the assignments include recordings, performances or written tasks that are assessed by your tutor.
What will the course prepare me for?
This is an ideal course to lead onto a degree in Media Technology/Production, along with other media-based courses. It will prepare you to work independently, using a range of techniques and approaches to gathering information and presenting it. We have seen a number of students gain employment within the film and television industry.
You will be given one homework task per week. These homework tasks will be something which requires you to think around the subject you are studying and will further your knowledge accordingly. Sometimes you may have to complete an assignment outside of lesson time which may involve writing or rehearsing.
What materials will I need to provide?
You will need a Notebook and a pen , a pen drive/Memory stick would be handy to store some of your work. It is recommended you bring your own instrument for practical lessons but the college has instruments available.
How will I be taught?
You will be taught multiple units per week by different teachers who have expert skills in the units they are teaching you. The lessons will be mostly practical inspired but some theoretical exploration will be needed depending on the topic being covered.
This course is for you if...
You love music, enjoy performing, recording and are creative in your approach. If you enjoy practical work and learning new skills. If you are looking to pursue a career in the music industry.
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What are the course requirements?
Four 9 – 4 (A*-C) grades at GCSE or equivalent in 3 or more subjects including a minimum grade 3 (D) in GCSE English Language.
You must be able to play an instrument or sing confidently in front of others to a good standard. You will be required to informally audition in the first week of this course.
If you are interested in joining the College, we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you to choose courses that best suit your ambitions and achievements.
All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication, September 2019 however, the College may need to make some changes by September 2020 in the light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College's control.
What skills do I need?
- A willingness to be part of a community of musicians
- A willingness to perform live
- Music skills – a good ability to play an instrument or sing/read music or guitar tabs