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Music Performance BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at Luton Sixth Form College

Course description

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. Students can expect to be given significant ongoing written homework to support their studies.

Course content


Music Performance Techniques - Students develop their individual instrumental/vocal technique through a range of one –to-one-, small group- and workshop-based sessions. They will also work to acquire a disciplined and structured personal routine, reflecting on their ongoing progress by keeping a detailed log book.

Listening Skills for Musician Technologists - Students develop their listening and stave notation skills in a wide variety of musical genres through challenging aural, practical and music theory tasks. They will also be introduced to the wide range of technological processes employed in the production of modern music

Working and Developing as a Musical Ensemble - Students develop ensemble communication skills in planning, in preparation, and in performance. They study approaches to structured ensemble practice and how to work up musical arrangements as a group.

Music Performance Session Styles - Students will explore performance techniques and conventions in a series of contrasting musical styles. Through a series of intensive practical workshops , they learn how to identify ‘stylist fingerprints’ and assimilate these rapidly into their own performance practice and reflect upon this work in writing.

The Music Freelance World - Students will gain an overview of the financial, managerial and entrepreneurial skills that are required by the contemporary freelance musician. This emphasis will be on the adoption of a professional approach to all aspects of music making.

Music Project - Students will employ the skills acquired throughout the course in order to undertake a substantial live performance project. This will involve significant financial, resource management and promotional planning well in advance of the event. For the performance itself, students will need to devise a musical programme and organise the necessary individual and group rehearsal schedules. Through this project, students will be required to demonstrate professional working practices and comply with all necessary legal and health and safety obligations.

Entry requirements

To start any BTEC course you need to meet the general college entry requirements.

In addition you will need an appropriate level of vocal or instrumental proficiency, to be assessed by the course teaching team at audition. You must also have GCSE English Language grade D.


Exam Board - Edexcel

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.

Future opportunities

Former students have gone 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. However, most careers in the field are becoming graduate entry only and thus require further study.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Luton Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years