Music Performance (Production) BTEC Subsidiary Diploma Level 3 at Wilberforce College
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 that forms parts of your assessments. 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.
The course is mainly practical but you will need to complete some written work. The Certificate in Music Performance is equivalent to 1 AS Level in total so you will be able to study 3 more AS’s or their equivalent alongside it depending on your entry qualifications. If you progress to the second year you will obtain the Subsidiary Diploma which is equivalent to 1 full A Level.
YEAR ONE UNITS
Unit 24 - Music project
Throughout this unit you will learn about the music industry and how to form, plan and create a music project. The commercial implications such as marketing will be considered as you work toward putting on a festival. You will undertake meetings and finally perform in the festival. Your assessment is split into 3 assignments focusing on work you will do in class and the rehearsal studio. The assignments are split into tasks with marks awarded for each which may include reproducing particular elements.
Unit 23 - Music performance techniques
Throughout this unit you will learn about how to improve your performance and how to polish your instrumental technique. This unit focuses on the production of the tone, timing and authority of a professional player. The development of rhythmic control and solid timing is fundamental. Your assessment is split into assignments focusing on work you will do in class. The assignments are split into tasks with marks awarded for each which may include reproducing performance technical elements.
Unit 30- Pop music in practice
Throughout this unit you will learn about the different musical genres from the 1950’s to the present day. After the history is discovered you will then prepare and perform 4 songs from 4 different genres to establish the knowledge you have uncovered. Your assessment is split into 2 assignments focusing on work you will do in class.YEAR TWO UNITS
Unit 40 - Working and developing a musical ensemble.
Throughout this unit you will learn about the nature of ensemble work by allowing you to become part of a musical ensemble concentrating on the process of working together to produce a musically and artistically satisfying result.
Unit 18 - Modern Music in Practice
Throughout this unit you will learn about modern music from 1900 to the present day looking at not just the genre themselves, but how they reflect important events of the day and developing trends. You will go and see live performances that will enable you to have a more engaging relationship with the music, before embarking on two solo and two ensemble performances for a college audience. This unit never fails to inspire and motivate.
Unit 7 - Composing Music.
As part of unit 7 you will be showing your ability and creativity as a song writer. You will learn the techniques used to write songs and how to develop ideas into completed tracks. You will also record these songs and complete a portfolio of original recorded tracks through the use of the recording studio of which you will also learn how to use. You will be graded on your originality, ability and creativity as a song writer using the techniques you will study.
4 A*-C grades at GCSE or equivalent in 3 or more subjects including a minimum grade 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.
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.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wilberforce College directly.