Do you enjoy performing and recording and are creative in your approach? Students who undertake the Music Performance and Production course 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.
Throughout the two-year course, you will learn about the music industry, how to form, plan and create a music project and how to improve your performance and instrumental technique, along with much more.
What will you learn?
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.
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.
Who is the course aimed at?
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.
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.
This course will provide you with the opportunity to explore different Music Performance and Production techniques and styles, as well as hone your musical abilities. Taught by musicians, this course will also give you the opportunity to take part in our record label, Ronno Records, to help boost yours or your band’s profile throughout the area. As sponsors of Humber Street Sesh, you will also be given the chance to perform at this event on their Youth Stage and take part in other events held throughout the year, like W Day ONE and our Leaver’s Day. Talks from industry professionals, such as members from the Hull band LIFE, are also experiences that we will provide for you so that you can see how to navigate the career path of music successfully.
Students who complete a qualification in Music Performance and Production can go on to complete degrees in many creative-based areas, such as Music, Music Production or Performing Arts. You can also undertake a higher level apprenticeship in an area like music production or events.
Students who go on to complete a qualification in Music Production & Performance go on to a wide variety of jobs. These can include: Musician, Sound Engineer, Promoter, Singer, Teacher or Stage Manager.
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