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Music Level 3 Extended Diploma at New College Durham

Course description

This lively course will develop your music performance skills and provide you with knowledge of the music industry. The course will give you the best start to get into a range of careers in the music industry. It involves practical solo music performance and working and developing as a musical ensemble. You will study theoretical and academic units such as the music industry, aural perception skills, music theory and harmony, song writing and musical arranging.

You will have the opportunities to add a range of qualifications including grades in Practical Music and Music Theory.

It is for those who wish to start or further develop their career in music. You will get hands on experience throughout this course including live music performances at the Gala Theatre in Durham and workshops

Course content

Aims and objectives

  • Equipping individuals with the knowledge, understanding and skills for success in the music industry
  • Enabling progression to a HND or degree in a related area of study of work
  • Developing a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attributes essential for success in the music environment

You will study theoretical and academic units such as the music industry, aural perception skills, music theory and harmony, song writing and

musical arranging. You will study practical units that include rehearsing for and performing in live shows, as well as improvising, session musician

techniques and keyboard skills. You will also be taught music technology in the form of a MIDI sequencing unit in the first year, and a recording

and production unit in the second year.

You will study

The course consists of a range of units, which divide into three areas of study:

 Theoretical Units:

  • Aural Perception Skills
  • Pop Music in Practice
  • Contemporary Songwriting Techniques
  • Music and Society
  • The Sound and Music Industry
  • Arranging Music
  • Music Theory and Harmony
  • Special Subject investigation

Practical Units:

  • The Functional Music Keyboard
  • Develoing as a Music Ensemble
  • Live Music Workshop
  • Music Performance Techniques
  • Major Music Project
  • Music Performance Session Styles

Technologial Units:

  • Sequencing Systems and Techniques
  • Working with Music Notation Packages
  • Music Production Techniques

There are opportunities to add a range of qualifications to the National Diploma in Popular Music including grades in Practical Music and Music Theory.

 

Entry requirements

A minimum of four GCSEs at grade C or above, ideally including English and Maths but not essential (or an equivalent related qualification) and successful completion of course induction. All applicants will need to successfully pass an audition on their main instrument or voice which will test their practical abilities in a range of skills. Exceptional entry may be given to mature students who have previous experience as working musicians.

Assessment

Assessment is through a range of practical and written assignments including public performances.

Future opportunities

Most students progress to higher education on HND or degree courses in related fields or directly into employment. Past students on the course have progressed to the following universities/music schools: Trinity College London, The Power House Music Schools (Guitar Institute, Bass Tech, Drum Tech and Vocal Tech), Leeds College of Music, Salford University, Bretton Hall College, Newcastle University, Napier College Edinburgh, Northampton University and Hull University. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact New College Durham directly.

Last updated date: 21 April 2016

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