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Music BTEC at Blackfen School for Girls

Course description

This exciting vocational course is designed to offer a broad look at the many aspects of the music industry with a focus on music performance. This enjoyable course will provide you with technical ability and encourages a high level of creativity. You will also develop your knowledge of music history, music theory, aural skills, composing, songwriting and music production.

This two year programme is centred round you as musician with a view to improving and/or maximising your current performance skills, your ability to learn and explore new and different styles of music, improve your ability to work as a solo and ensemble musician, and to learn about the music industry.

The course is designed around a number of music projects, such as live performance projects showcasing your work in-house and within the local community, composition or song writing tasks, events organisation and management and research assignments.There will be visits by current practitioners as well as trips - possibly even abroad.

Course content

The course features units on music performance techniques, working and developing as a musical ensemble, music performance session styles, listening skills and the music freelance world. In their second year, students work towards a large-scale public concert where they are responsible for all aspects of the performance, its organisation and promotion.

The course is continually assessed through assignments that lead, for example, to solo ensemble performances, written work based on listening and personal research, reflective journals, presentations, musical transcriptions and assessed discussions and individual viva voce assessments.

All of the coursework assignments are also designed to help improve general skills such as communication, working with others and self-management. Students can expect to be given significant ongoing written homework to support their studies.

Entry requirements

GCSE Music: C Grade or above

BTEC Music: For those without music qualifications at level 2 (GCSE or BTEC), you will need to demonstrate a good standard of playing on your instrument or voice, ideally at a grade 5 standard or equivalent

Assessment

The course features units on music performance techniques, working and developing as a musical ensemble, music performance session styles, listening skills and the music freelance world. In their second year, students work towards a large-scale public concert where they are responsible for all aspects of the performance, its organisation and promotion.

The course is continually assessed through assignments that lead, for example, to solo ensemble performances, written work based on listening and personal research, reflective journals, presentations, musical transcriptions and assessed discussions and individual viva voce assessments.

All of the coursework assignments are also designed to help improve general skills such as communication, working with others and self-management. Students can expect to be given significant ongoing written homework to support their studies.

Further information

Students may go on to study music performance, commercial music, music technology, music management, composition and music production in a range of universities, music conservatoires and private music colleges. Since the course develops an understanding of the professional work environment it may very occasionally provide more direct access to music-related employment. Successful students can seek careers in Music Management, Teaching, Performance, Engineering and Production.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Blackfen School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 19 October 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years

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