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BTEC Music Performance at Winstanley College

Course description

Unit 1 - Music Performance Brief
Learners plan, prepare and deliver a musical performance from start to finish. They will choose two roles from performer/composer/arranger and technician/organiser/administrator, and explore the production process from these points of view.

Learners will be assessed on their professionalism, team-work, goal setting, performing, research, production techniques and reflective practices.

Unit 4 - Music Composition Brief
Learners explore music theory and its application through composition. As part of the unit they will learn to use notation software to produce a composition in response to a given brief.

To prepare, students will cover notation conventions for pitch, rhythm, harmony, dynamics, tempo and expression. They will learn how to generate and develop compositional ideas, and how to use music technology to produce recordings and scores.

Unit 5 - Professional Practice in the Music Industry
Learners will explore what it is that makes someone a professional in the music industry and how to put forward a bid for work. It emphasises the importance of continual self-development in a rapidly-changing sector.

You will learn about the qualities that industry professionals expect of people working with them in order to progress, whether to employment or higher education.

Unit 18 - Music Ensembles
Learners will work as part of a musical ensemble and develop their skills and techniques in rehearsal and performance.

You will take part in rehearsals and performances both as a leader and a participant, leading to a live assessed performance in front of a paying audience. 

Why should I study Music Performance at Winstanley
When you enrol we’ll make sure that you’re receiving all the support you need, for example you may be entitled to extra time in your exams, you may benefit from working with a dyslexia tutor or you may simply need help with organising your time and many pieces of paper. We will also provide support with specific areas that you have problems with, for example aural skills, theory skills or performing confidence. If you are keen to continue with Music to University or Conservatoire you will receive help with choosing which institution and which course is right for you. We’ll support your development of directing skills, guide you to further reading or viewing, challenge you with additional exercises and inspire you with activities and trips.  Ex-Winstanley students who have studied this subject at conservatoire or university will visit you to discuss their experiences as a student an as an emerging professional. 

From school pupil to Winstanley student 
Most students have already achieved at least a B grade in this subject at GCSE music.
You do not need to have a formal theory or practical music qualification, but you should be an accomplished, active musician. Theory knowledge and keyboard skills are an advantage.


How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 25 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September