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Music Rock School Level 2 Subsidiary Diploma at The City of Liverpool College

Course description

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.

Course content

  • 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.

Entry requirements

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.

Future opportunities

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.

Last updated date: 27 September 2016

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    • The Arts Centre is located in Liverpool's Hope Street Quarter. This striking Georgian district stretches from the Anglican Cathedral to the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and includes a wealth of cultural venues including the Philharmonic Hall, both Unity and Everyman Theatres and some of the best hotels and restaurants the City has to offer. The Arts Centre is centrally located and is within a five-ten minute walk of Liverpool's bus and train stations.

      This campus has established itself as the leading arts teaching and learning institution on Merseyside, providing students with first class creative and digital facilities including specialist arts, drawing, painting and sculpting studios and technical facilities, state of the art design workshops, industry standard recording studios, premier dance and drama facilities, first-class photography work rooms and modern fashion and multimedia studios.

      The City of Liverpool College is a founder college of the National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural Skills and a lead provider of Fashion courses in the region.