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Popular Music - Level 3 at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College

Course description

Popular music is a course with 100% practical/coursework assessment.
Students are assessed on a practical skill: singing, guitar, bass, piano or drums.
There is a study of influential artists across a range of genres and styles.

Course content

Year 1

  • Music Performance Techniques
  • Music Performance Styles
  • Pop Music in Practice
Year 2
  • Developing as a Musical Ensemble
  • Improvising Music
  • Live Music Workshop

The first year of the course builds skills and repertoire with the study of artists from across all the musical genres:
Jazz, Blues, Rock, Soul, Funk, Country, Hip Hop, Reggae, Indie.

The second year of the course introduces more creative challenges with composition & improvisation based projects.

How it is taught

Specialist music staff introduce musical styles/genres and theoretical skills.

Class work involves students following a rehearsal schedule, trying new techniques in ensembles & building a strong musical repertoire.

Practical work is captured on video and broadcast on the qesfc youtube channel.
Students are expected to keep a detailed rehearsal blog which documents their musical research, development and performances

Entry requirements

The usual entry requirement to QE is 5 GCSE grades at C or above including Maths or English. A good number of students study four AS Levels in their first year and to do this we require at least 3B grades and 3C grades at GCSE including Maths and English Language. Students who do not achieve these GCSE grades take fewer subjects at A Level and will be required to do resits in GCSE Maths and English if they have not already achieved a grade C in these core subjects. The College is large enough to have a very flexible timetable that allows students to take almost any combination of subjects at A Level. The advantage of this system is that we can tailor your programme to suit your needs and abilities. We give lots of advice if you decide to apply to the College.

Subject Specific

You do not need GCSE Music. There is no requirement to read music.

There will be a practical audition during bridging week.

It is advised that singers have some basic guitar or piano skills.

Future opportunities

The course would be very useful to students wanting to work as a professional musician/singer.

The majority of our students go on to study at university.

The College has close links with music industry endorsed colleges and several of our ex-students work professionally in the music industry.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 April 2015
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