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BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Music at Waddesdon CofE School

Course description

This course is designed to help you:
- Develop skills and gain confidence in performing in a wide range of musical styles, using different sources including recordings and notation
- Develop specific skills in rehearsing, arranging and preparing for performances, as well as how to perform effectively to an audience
- Develop aural perception skills; recognising and commenting on the use of pitch, rhythm, harmony and tonality

The Music BTEC suits those who have instrument and/or vocal skills, are interested in working as musician in a range of styles and enjoy working with others to create performances. Students will study units based on session styles; music performance techniques; popular music history and working and developing as a musical ensemble. You will also learn how to plan and participate in a music project.

For the practical units you will often be given projects, which will lead to a live performance or gig. The size of your band or ensemble, and the type of material you will be playing will vary greatly. You will get the chance to develop a variety of practical skills including; working from some form of notation, learning to run rehearsals and develop arrangements, working under the direction of other students, developing second instrument skills or some singing.

Course content

Working and Developing as a Musical Ensemble
Music Performance Techniques and Solo Music Performance Skills

Further study units will be selected from the following:
Unit 24 Music Project
Unit 39 The Sound and Music Industry
Unit 30/6 Pop/Classical Music in Practice
Unit 19 Music and Society
Unit 21 Music in the Community
Unit 43 Special Subject Investigation
Unit 22 Music Performance Session Styles


Entry requirements

Students should have a GCSE Music grade B or higher, but, more importantly, should show an interest in practical music making and performance


Assessment is entirely coursework based

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Waddesdon CofE School directly.

Last updated date: 09 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years