Technique – This module covers the physical principles of technique and ‘unlocks’ the fretboard, enabling students to fluently access the sounds required for specific styles and situations. They’ll also explore less conventional playing
techniques, including electric slide playing and acoustic finger picking.
Session Styles – This unit looks in detail at a wide range of styles, analysing the harmonic and rhythmic components, as well as the great players, techniques, sounds and equipment used. This will give students the tools to respond to any
musical situation, and to be thoroughly creative in their own right. They’ll look at both rhythm and lead guitar concepts and techniques, developing the skills to be able to lay down great grooves, along with stylistically authentic and creative solos.
Pre-Production – This module supports the preparation of songs for the Live Performance Workshops. Parts, arrangement, tone and performance will all be analysed, with the emphasis on simplicity being taken to a very high standard. Attention
to detail is paramount and students will also discover amp, pedal and tonal techniques that will enhance their performance and enable authenticity across a range of genres.
Live Performance Workshop (LPW) – This unit gives the chance to put it all the learning into practice – on stage with a full band line-up. Students will develop their live sound in a number of different styles, concentrating also on performing,
showmanship and the right mental approach. They’ll learn to communicate ideas with other musicians, with the focus on a tight, well-arranged and professional performance.
Reading – Students will cover a simple step-by-step method for learning to read and perform from music notation in this module, and well as interpreting charts – all of which is required by the industry. This will enable them to communicate
quickly and effectively and perform to a high level in a variety of musical situations, opening up many employment opportunities throughout their career.
Musicianship – Students will study the recognition of intervals, chords, rhythm, notation, melodies and chord progressions, forming a direct link between music they hear and their own instrument. They’ll explore how harmony and theory is
applied in commercial music in a very practical and relevant way.
The Music Industry – This module gives students practical music industry knowledge that will help them plan their career. They’ll be taken through aspects of the music industry, including record and publishing deals, management, social networks,
music synchronisation, legal issues, copyright, live music and business plans.
Music in Context –
This unit provides a history of classic artists placed in their social, historical and political context. Artists studied include Elvis Presley, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Bob
Marley, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Madonna, Nirvana and Radiohead. An understanding of this essential stylistic knowledge will help to develop authenticity in performance.
Personal and Instrumental Development – This module supports the performance opportunities that feature as part of the one-year programme alongside artist development, presentational skills, practice routines and academic writing. As the
weeks progress you will gain advice and guidance in how to develop as an individual and instrumentalist / vocalist in all areas of your work. You will explore and adopt many different approaches to ensure you deliver every aspect of your what you do, whether
this is a live performance or an essay, to your best level. This module will help support and guide you through the course and will help you to manage yourself as a student and as a musician
Music Technology – This unit introduces students to industry-standard music software packages, allowing them to build up effective backing tracks, work out solos and program their own music.
– This module is a chance to recap and review key areas of the curriculum, as well as receiving information relating to academic writing, assessment criteria, the forming of bands and guests.