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Music

Entry Requirements

This course is aimed at students who have been successful in gaining grade 6 in GCSE Music or Merit or above in BTEC Music.

 

About This Course

This course offers an alternative vocational award that is equal to one A Level.

You will need good practical skills on an instrument or voice – the standard level is Grade 6 - 7 by the end of the course.  You will need a good understanding of music theory (literacy) to follow this course.  There will be an opportunity to develop your skills here after the completion of your GCSEs – speak to your music teacher about this. This course will suit anyone who has a keen interest in creating and listening to different styles of music and who wishes to broaden their experience and deepen their understanding of both live and recorded music. The course demands performing, composing, listening and analytical skills in almost equal measure.  You will improve your skills in performing and composing in a range of styles.  You will listen to a wide variety of music and develop a more informed appreciation of how and why it was written and/or performed.

 

Course Content & Assessment

The qualification consists of three mandatory units:

1)       Ensemble Music Performance

An examiner will watch you perform 3 pieces of music as part of an ensemble.

2)       Practical Music Theory and Harmony:

You will gain an understanding of music theory and notation.

3)       Professional Practise in the music industry:

You will learn how to plan and promote your own music events to a given brief.

And a choice of one optional unit from:

4)       Composing Music

5)       Music Performance Session Styles

6)       Solo Performance

7)       Improvising Music

 

What could this course lead to?

This course can help you progress to university in any number of Music based degree courses. When studied alongside other A Levels it carries enough UCAS points to access many Higher Education degree courses.

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