BTEC Music Performance at Winstanley College
Why should I study Music Performance at Winstanley?
You will find that everyone in your class has a passion for performing music of all different genres. Every student will have a different experience of music performance; in the first few weeks we will guide you carefully through what is needed, helping you to settle in to your new group and get to know each other’s musical backgrounds. We ask that you have already studied music in some form, and expect you to be committed and enthusiastic.
Being a practical subject, this course is an excellent way to enhance your current involvement in music. Classes are taught through practical exploration, performance, and group work. You should be able to read music, and have some knowledge of music theory as well as basic keyboard skills. The study of music theory will form part of the course.
What subjects combine well with Music Performance?
The course combines very well indeed with a vast range of other subjects, both creative (Art, Media, Theatre Studies) and science-based (Maths and Physics). It can be a stimulating contrast to other subjects too. If you are looking to pursue music at a conservatoire or university, this course will combine well with Music A-Level and/or the BTEC in Music Production.
In the past, our music students have progressed on to courses at conservatoires, a great many at the RNCM with whom the Winstanley music staff have a strong relationship. Students have taken places at a wide spectrum of prestigious universities to study both music and other subjects, in a time when universities are increasingly looking for well-rounded students. The study of the music performance industry forms part of the course.
Outside of class we provide supervision of rehearsals in the lead up to performance exams, one-to-one tutorials with our visiting music staff, and academic tutorials for those wishing to take extra support with coursework and essay writing. To extend your musical experiences you will undoubtedly wish to take advantage of concert visits. Recent activities have included watching performances at Ronnie Scotts, the musical ‘Wicked!’, and a chamber concert by students of the Royal College of Music.
We put on a range of concerts and musicals each year, and you can offer your services as a performer, conductor or technician. Recent productions have included ‘The Little Shop of Horrors’ and ‘Guys and Dolls’. Recent ensembles include Jazz Band, Fusion Group, New Orleans Band, Motown Band and Choir.
What are the facilities like?
Our brand new Media and Performing Arts Centre houses two spacious music suites equipped with iMacs and MacBooks, two recording studios and three rehearsal rooms. Additional facilities include a 200 seater studio theatre with industry standard lighting and sound equipment which we will happily train you to use.
We have contacts with performers and practitioners in the industry, music colleges and universities in order to provide up-to-the-minute careers advice. Many of our former students are now working in the industry and we always welcome their return to the college to pass on advice to current students.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Winstanley College directly.