The BTEC National Certificate in Music is a two year course, comprised of 12 units, which is equivalent to two A Levels. It is designed for those who wish to pursue a vocationally relevant qualification in the music sector. Is the course right for me? This course suits students who are passionate about music and are keen to pursue the study of rock and pop music. It will serve not only as an.
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The BTEC National Certificate in Music is a two year course, comprised of 12 units, which is equivalent to two A Levels. It is designed for those who wish to pursue a vocationally relevant qualification in the music sector.
Is the course right for me?
This course suits students who are passionate about music and are keen to pursue the study of rock and pop music. It will serve not only as an ideal preparation for students wishing to continue their studies in non-classical music at a higher level but also for those wanting to enter the music industry directly.
What will I study?
· Music and Society: through this unit you will gain an understanding of how music interacts with contemporary society. How government, business and industry affect music-makers and users. How technology affects accessibility and creativity of music in society
· Music Project: you will plan and deliver a successful musical event
· Planning a music Project: throughout this unit, you will explore the challenges of planning, and evaluating a substantial live performance project. This will include the commercial considerations required to deliver the project on-budget and to deadline as would be required in an industry situation
· The Sound and Music Industry: this unit includes an examination of working conditions, requirements and the use of marketing and publicity in the music industry
· Aural Perception Skills: studying this unit involves listening to many different kinds of music recognising the sounds instrumentation, melody, chords and rhythms
· Improvising Music: on completion of this unit, you will have developed an understanding of improvisation and gained the confidence to perform improvised musical passages
· Listening Skills for Musicians: you will investigate the musical and sonic components in a performance or recording in order to be able to identify sonic faults or negative components of a performance or recording
· Music in the Community: in this unit you will be working in real-life situations in real-life communities devising projects and encourage community groups to create and perform music
· Music Performance Session Styles: this involves studying the stylistic elements across a wide range of musical genres and being able to develop and/or rehearse musical material stylistically accurate to a chosen genre
· Music Performance Techniques: this unit is focused on two areas: physically being able to play or sing with fluency, and how we arrive at that point through a logical and structured practice routine
· Pop Music in Practice: in this unit you will investigate pop music from 1950 to the present day
· Special Subject Investigation: this specialist unit gives you the opportunity to carry out an in-depth andpractical investigation into a chosen area of musical interest.This could be: the history and development of a style of music; the career of a particular artist or composer; a development in music technology; the financial operation of a music organisation; social and cultural influences of and on a music genre; legal and copyright debates etc
How will I be assessed?
This course is continuously assessed by your subject tutors who will gain evidence from observations of your work in practice, both in class and during your work in the community. Video recordings of live performances will be kept as evidence for your work in production. You will also be expected to keep a portfolio as evidence of your learning which will be assessed at the end of each unit of study.