Music (Performing) Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

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Curriculum Area: Performing Arts, Media and Film

Music Performing (Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma)

This course is aimed primarily at students who are interested in developing practical music skills and might be considering a career in the Music Industry. It is a very practical course and is centered around music performance and related activities

The Level 3 BTEC Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma is equivalent to one GCE AS/A Level. It also attracts UCAS points in the same way as an A level.

Course Structure

Students are required to study units over either a one or two-year course. Some units are assessed internally via portfolio work while others are externally assessed.

Course Units

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Curriculum Area: Performing Arts, Media and Film

Music Performing (Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma)

This course is aimed primarily at students who are interested in developing practical music skills and might be considering a career in the Music Industry. It is a very practical course and is centered around music performance and related activities

The Level 3 BTEC Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma is equivalent to one GCE AS/A Level. It also attracts UCAS points in the same way as an A level.

Course Structure

Students are required to study units over either a one or two-year course. Some units are assessed internally via portfolio work while others are externally assessed.

Course Units

A range of units are available within this qualification. Those currently offered are:

Year 1 Unit 22 Music Performing Session Styles Unit 23 Music Performance Techniques Unit 40 Working and Developing as a Musical Ensemble Year 2 Unit 12 Improvising Music Unit 24 Music Project Unit 38 The Music Freelance World

Assessment of Progress

The course is structured around a number of assignments, some of which will be short-term (gigs, written projects) while others will require evidence of long-term progression (instrumental lessons, improvisational skills etc.). Each unit has a learning content and outcomes that are clearly stated, and students will be kept informed of their progress.

Enrichment

All students should be prepared to take advantage of the wide range of music enrichment activities available at St Brendan’s. It is highly desirable for all students taking this course to regularly attend at least one performance-based Enrichment course offered at College.

Instrumental Lessons

As performing to a high standard and demonstrating and monitoring technical improvement are such important aspects of the course it is essential that all students take regular instrumental/voice lessons. Lessons are available in College and students should sign up with a peripatetic teacher at the start of the year, or continue with their own lessons. We can recommend teachers for particular specialisms if necessary.

Resources

Music performing facilities include:

  • Fully equipped performance space including substantial sound and lighting systems
  • Computer suite with PC’s running Cubase SX and Sibelius 5 software
  • Recording studio incorporating a ‘live’ room and separate control room, complete with significant outboard equipment for effects and processing
  • An excellent range of microphones
  • Six practice rooms equipped with pianos and/or PA systems
  • A wide range of band equipment, including amplifiers, acoustic and electronic drum kits
  • We have a wide range of peripatetic instrument/voice teachers who come into college to support students. We can also recommend specialists if needed

Progression

The BTEC Level 3 Certificate/Subsidiary in Music Performing provides a sound basis for students wishing to proceed to Higher education courses in Popular/Commercial Music. It can lead to careers in performing, teaching, and composition as well as related areas in publishing and media. It combines well with most other subjects but compliments in particular Theatre Studies and Music or Music Technology.

Entry Requirements

  • The minimum entry requirement is five GCSE’s at Grade C or above or the equivalent from four subject areas including English.
  • Attendance at an audition is essential
  • Instrumental / vocal skills at a minimum of Grade 4/5 standard and a keen interest in Popular Music are essential.
  • GCSE Music at grade C or above is highly desirable.
  • Students must be prepared to perform regularly and will preferably already have significant experience of doing so.

Auditions

All students will be required to attend an audition in the summer term prior to starting the course. Candidates will be expected to prepare a grade 4/5 standard solo piece on their first instrument and will be given an additional group piece in advance to prepare. Candidates will receive an invitation to attend audition following receipt of their application.

Charges

There are no extra charges on this course. However, there is a charge for instrumental lessons although funds may be available for those who may find the cost of these prohibitive. Students will be expected to provide their own stationery, memory sticks, and/or recordable CD’s. They will need to provide their own instruments and spares (strings, drum sticks, plectra etc.) Some of these are available from the College Stationery Shop.

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