Music Rock School Level 2 Subsidiary Diploma at The City of Liverpool College
The level 2 Diploma in Music is an exciting opportunity to study music with some of the most experienced musicians in Liverpool. This course lays the foundations for your future career in the music industry. As part of a Roland Music Academy, you will develop a wide range of industry related skills, taught by highly qualified and experienced musicians, who continue to work in the profession. Based around specialised projects with opportunities to record and perform. Assessments include live gigs in local venues including the Zanzibar and the Picket.
- Musicianship: This is about developing your technical and theoretical knowledge to enable you to become a better musician. You will work in bands on your instrumental skills. You will also develop your technical ability as a solo performer. You will learn how music theory is applied to both practical and creative projects. As part of the course, you will learn to use conventional notation as this is a necessity in today’s industry.
- Repertoire: You will work on developing a portfolio of music which will include cover songs, original compositions and arrangements. It is important for aspiring musicians to cultivate an understanding of all these musical elements.
- Playing a wide range of material helps you to understand how other artists create and play their music. This is a useful skill for session playing and live performance work. Arranging other artists’ songs is an interesting and instructive activity, such as creating a heavy metal version of an acoustic song or vice versa.
- Rehearsal: This is your time to prepare for the many live performances which are part of your course. You will refine your repertoire to a professional standard. Your rehearsal room will be fully equipped with PA, microphones, Roland amplifiers and drum kits. Effective rehearsals require clear planning and preparation as well as structure to ensure best use of time. You will learn how to organise constructive and progressive rehearsals with clear targets. Working with your peers, you will select songs for performance and hone your skills in preparation future career in live performance.
- How the Music Industry Works: This unit aims to develop your understanding of the structure of the UK recording industry through focus of specific sub-genres. You will broaden your horizons with regards to possible job roles, with the opportunity of achieving a Roland Diploma from an accredited centre. You will explore various career paths within the music industry including recording, publishing, live performance and management.
- Working with a Digital Audio Workstation & Composition: This is your opportunity to use the latest technology to create your own music in an Apple accredited training centre. You will use an array software including Logic Pro, Cubase, Garage Band and Sibelius. This is a creative composition module which will help you bring your own musical ideas to life. You will learn how to write for different instruments, exploring ranges and techniques. This module will allow you to experiment with current industry standard tools, to hone your composition, production and engineering skills.
You must have an intermediate facility on your instrument or voice and two GCSEs at grade D+ (though this is not a pre-requisite) to apply for this course. Mature students will be considered regardless of formal qualifications but must have some facility on their chosen instrument or voice.
Students aged 16-18 who has not achieved a GCSE at grade C in either English and Maths will have to continue their studies at College. Students with less than a grade D will be given the opportunity to study functional skills.
You will be asked to attend an audition, which will include a very short theory and listening aptitude assessment. You will also be asked to play your instrument and/or sing.
On completion of this course you can apply for a level 3 extended diploma in music practice, which will ultimately lead to a music degree or working in the music industry.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The City of Liverpool College directly.