During this course you will study and perform a wide range of music across a range of styles and genres. You will focus on specific pieces of music, as well as developing a greater understanding of how music is written (composition) and performed.
Performing will be assessed on an instrument or vocal performance, focusing on developing how you perform both as a soloist and as part of an ensemble.
Composition involves writing music in a variety of styles, taking influence from the music you study in the course, as well as your own interests.
The focus of year one will involve equipping you with the fundemental skills and confidence to perform, through studying the development of music, fine tuning your musical talents and establishing effective relationships with your course peers.
During the second year you will build upon your skills from Year 1, develop a more in depth technical understanding of the recording process and show your ability to succeed in the Music Industry.
Either course could lead on to a wide range of Higher Education courses in Music and the Performing Arts.
Reading music is not essential, although you will develop this skill during year one.
Assessments have a practical focus alongside more traditional research projects.
Students applying for the Level 3 BTEC in Music should achieve at the very least a Level 4 in English Language, Maths and 3 other GCSE subjects. Students invited for interview will be asked to prepare some form of musical performance along with a written task set by the CMSS. This work will be assessed by the subject specialist as part of the interview process and will contribute to the decision of an offer being made.
Using the Studio School’s industry standard, technical equipment and working spaces, you will be assessed in the following ways:
Currently all Music units are assessed internally. However, a new specification is expected in the early months of 2018 and it is strongly suspected an exam-based element will be introduced. Please see our website for updated information or log onto UCAS progress.
One of the biggest advantages of the Studio School is every department has unlimited access to all of the resources on offer. Each department does, however, specialise in an array of core resources. This enable students to get the most out of the resources closest to their chosen subject.
The Music department’s core resources are:
In Music you will be encouraged to realise that Music is everywhere in society. This will come through performance and composition work, debates and research on the use of Music in society, time spent in the recording studio and performance events you will attend and take part in.
Here’s how we intend to enrich you experience further:
Many students who successfully complete the course go on to one of the following pathways:Graphic Design, Illustration or a related subject at University / Advertising / Art Direction / Book Designer / Branding Agency / Crafts / Digital or Film Designer / Direct Marketing / Graphic Designer / Magazine & Newspaper Design / Mobile Marketing / Packaging - Product Design / Spatial Design / TV & Cinema Advertising to name but a few.
Maybe you have a question about the different range of units you can study? Or maybe you want a bit more info on the resources? Whatever your question, the Tutors are more than happy to answer any that you have. Get in touch and we’ll get back to you with all the answers.