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Music (Performance) BTEC National Level 3 at The Kingsway Academy

Course description

The design of this course is excellent for developing skills in preparation for employment after leaving school. It will develop an understanding of different styles of music and their features and what it is like to work in the music industry as a performer. The delivery of the course also gives learners the opportunity to develop essential life skills such as communication and team work. Throughout the course learners will perform in front of an audience on a regular basis.

Course content

Topics covered during course: (6 topics from) Music Performance Techniques, Pop Music in Practice, Solo Music Performance Skills, Working and Developing as a Musical Ensemble, Music Project, Music Theory and Harmony, Musical Theatre. Music Project Be able to prepare and work as a member of a team towards a successful live event. Be able to prepare individually for the delivery of a successful live music event, undertaking appropriate responsibilities throughout the project. Be able to contribute to a performance to a technically acceptable level appropriate to context. Understand the complete process in preparing for and delivering a live music event. Pop Music in Practice. Know different genres of pop music. Know how pop music developed. Be able to perform pop music as part of an ensemble. Be able to perform original pop music. Music Performance Techniques. Know effective instrumental or vocal technique through a structured practice routine. Be able to apply effective instrumental or vocal technique in solo performance. Be able to apply effective instrumental or vocal technique in group performance. Music Theory and Harmony. Be able to notate pitch, rhythm and harmony using staff notation, Be able to notate music, showing dynamics, tempo and expression, Be able to harmonise melodies using chords, Be able to transpose melody and harmony to various keys. Solo Music Performance. Know how to choose appropriate pieces for an extended programme of music. Be able to perform an extended programme of music to an audience. Know the processes required in preparation for the performance of an extended programme of music. Musical Theatre Performance. Understand a role or roles in a musical theatre work. Be able to apply the appropriate performance skills. Be able to rehearse for a role in a musical. Be able to perform a role in a musical. Working and developing as a Music Ensemble Understand the elements of musical ensembles. Be able to plan as a musical ensemble. Be able to develop as a musical ensemble. Be able to perform as a musical ensemble

Entry requirements

5 GCSE A-C including English and Maths. GCSE Music grade C or above. BTEC LII Music merit or above and an enthusiasm for performing Music (singing or instrumental)


Formal lectures and informal group work are supplemented by planned workshop sessions with strong practical content. Assessment is by written and practical assignments which are marked as pass, merit or distinction.

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Future opportunities

Higher Education pathways: BMus in Music, BA in Music, BMus in Music Technology. Linked Careers: Music Teacher, Music Producer, Performer, Composer, Army Musician, Music Therapist, Marketing, Music Technician, Events Management

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Kingsway Academy directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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