BTEC Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma in Music Performance (level 3)
Course ref. QW002
This course is designed to enable you to:
Develop skills and gain confidence in performing in a wide range of musical styles, and develop musical parts and material using a variety of different resources including recordings and notation
Develop specific skills of individual and band rehearsing, arranging and preparing for performances, as well as how to perform effectively to an audience
Develop listening skills and the ability to recognise, interpret and comment on musical elements such as pitch, rhythm, chord types and progressions, harmony and tonality
Is it for me?
The course is suitable for students who can play an instrument or sing. If you are interested in learning about different styles of music, enjoy working as a member of a band and performing to an audience, and want to further develop your skills as a musician and performer; this course is for you.
The course is studied over one year and is equivalent to 1 AS level as a Certificate - and over two years as a Subsidiary Diploma which is equivalent to 1 A level. Assessment on the course is through various practical projects, performances and assignments; all work is coursework based.
This qualification is part of a suite of music based courses at level 3. These can be studied together in a combination that suits you. The range includes Certificates/Subsidiary Diplomas in: Music Performance, Music Events Support, Music Technology and Music Composing and Song Writing.
Certificate Music Performance (1 Year Course)
The three units that make up the Certificate Music Performance course are:
Aural Perception Skills
Through study in this unit, you will develop a critical ear and knowledge about melodic parts, harmonic progressions, rhythms and texture.
Music Performance Session Styles
You will develop the ability to identify and reproduce the playing and performance characteristics of some key styles of popular music.
Music Performance Techniques
You will develop your techniques for both solo and group musical delivery, from practice through to performance.
Subsidiary Diploma Music Performance (2 Year Course)
Students studying for the Subsidiary Diploma will complete the three Certificate units in the first year and the following three units in the second year:
In this unit, learners are required to plan, prepare for and deliver a large-scale music project.
Working & Developing as a Musical Ensemble
You will develop the ability to plan, practice and develop and perform as part of a musical ensemble.
Improvising Music or Singing Techniques & Performance
Option units allowing you to either develop your ability to improvise in range of musical contexts, or develop your singing practice techniques and performance.
A minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades A* to C including English Language (grade C or above preferred) and preferably GCSE Music (grade C or above) but not essential; students can be accepted on musical ability alone.
Level 2 Music qualification and English Language GCSE (grade C or above preferred).
For all students there will be an assessment of practical skills at a taster session.
If you do not have a grade C or above in English Language or Maths, you will study these subjects as an essential part of your programme of study.
Which courses go well with this?
This course can be combined with a range of other programmes – further Certificates and Subsidiary Diplomas in Music, such as Music Technology, Music Composing and Song Writing and Music Events Support. Alternatively it can be combined with a range of other options at level 3 - both AS Levels and BTECs.
This course could help you gain access to higher Education/Specialist Institutions and will also prepare you for work within the music industry. Students may want to combine this course with other level 3 Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma courses in order to give them a comprehensive set of skills to help them to either progress to university or employment in the industry.