This is a skills-based course which features a strong practical element and some theory. The course includes opportunities to further develop skills in your chosen instrument (drums, guitar, bass, vocals, and keyboard). An emphasis is placed on performance for singers and 'band musicians'.
What background and qualifications do you need to join?
No formal qualifications are required to join the course although candidates will be asked to do a live music performance or presentation of recorded work during their interview. You need to have good levels of written and spoken English.
What does the course lead to?
All courses lead to nationally-recognised, industry-relevant qualifications that have been endorsed by players in the industry. Courses are at three levels: Level One (equivalent to GCSE Grades D-G); Level Two (equivalent to GCSE Grades A-C) and Level Three (equivalent to A Level). Students at Level One can progress to Level Two and those completing Two, to Level Three. Level Three courses span two years and will provide you with a range of skills to either enter straight into the music industry, or to continue your studies in Higher Education (for example popular music, music technology and music business degrees.)
What does the course involve?
This is a one year course (15 hours a week spread over 3 days) for musicians who want to perform and record their own music with an emphasis on developing skills on your chosen instrument and on stagecraft/performance.
The course includes financial, law and marketing skills so learners will also acquire a sound knowledge of the business side of the music industry.
Delivery is centred around project development (Composition) sessions conducted in fully-equipped band rehearsal rooms. The course starts on the 17th September and runs for 34 weeks.
How much should I study outside class?
There are regular homework assignments, so time for private study is essential.
How is the course assessed?
Assessment for qualifications is through modular units. There are no exams.