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Music Practioner RockSchool Level 3 Extended Diploma at Truro and Penwith College

Course description

This course is closely industry related helping you to gain practical skills which will be essential for pursuing a career in the music industry. The course is a two year programme that develops your skills in both the technology and performance aspects of the music industry. You may use the qualification to study a degree course in music or use the skills that you have learnt to forge your own career in the industry.

You will rehearse in our specialised practice studios which are fully equipped with PA and backline equipment, use our iMac suite for sequencing/media based work and will work in our theatre/performance space learning how to use live sound and lighting equipment.

You will be taught by lecturers who still work within the professional music arena from performance artists to music technology experts.

You will receive one half hour instrumental or vocal lesson per week with your own personal music tutor who will help you to develop you playing skills and take you through graded examinations if needed, as these can count towards UCAS points.

As well as attending lectures and rehearsals, as an aspiring musician you will be expected to spend a minimum of one hour per evening practising your chosen instrument. Competition for careers within the music industry is highly competitive and you will need to show enthusiasm, drive, determination and professionalism.

You will have many opportunities to perform at external events throughout the academic year in order to gain confidence and develop your skills as a performer in front of real audiences. Students performed this year at the St Ives Theatre, The Lugger Penzance, Sound Nightclub, Mazey Day, Notes on the Green and Lafrowda.

Outside lecturers and music professionals will visit from time to time in order to help develop your skills and advice you on how to pursue a career within the music industry.

Course content

  • Live Music Performance - You will be put in to bands to learn covers, compose your own material and perform throughout the year in a variety of venues.
  • Composing Music Collaboration - You will compose a body of music in collaboration with a song writing partner.
  • Rehearsal Skills - You will plan and rehearse as a band for a specific gig/performance opportunity.
  • Practical Harmony application - Creates an understanding of how music is put together and why certain things work so well.
  • Lyric Writing - You will compose and record two set of lyrics using a variety of taught techniques.
  • Recording - You will learn how to use the studio and record bands to create your own CD.
  • Mixing - You will learn how to mix your own recordings to make them sound professional.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at grade C or above or a Level 2 Diploma in appropriate subjects, to include GCSE grade C in either English or Mathematics. Some musical experience is required. You may be asked to audition at interview. Individual instrumental and vocal coaching is included within the course.


Your achievement in this subject is dependent upon excellent attendance, punctuality and effort. You will learn in a friendly atmosphere, using a variety of assessment methods:

  • You will be assessed regularly on live performances either in college or at external venues and given feedback on your progress.
  • Discussions and presentations are a vital part of our assessment process and you will be expected to contribute to those and reading and listening exercises.
  • You will review your own performance in 1:1 sessions with your tutor.
  • There are no formal examinations but all of your course work will be looked at but an external verifier to verify your grades.

Future opportunities

Many students use the course to progress on to university programmes such as BA (Hons) in Commercial Music, Popular Music, Sound Engineering or Technology. There are a variety of careers open to music graduates and it can also be a good idea to complete a formal teaching qualification so you can follow your career dream and have teaching as an option at the same time.

Further information

We encourage all students to keep up to date with current music and musical trends. You should also be prepared to practice your instrument for a minimum of an hour per evening, conduct coursework outside of college hours and be available for gigs and external assessments. Each student will be given a half hour one on one lesson on their chosen instrument.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Truro and Penwith College directly.

Last updated date: 15 June 2016

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