Students who successfully complete the National Diploma in music can go on to higher education courses in a variety of subjects including. Popular Music. Popular Music and Music Technology. Popular Music and Music Management. Events Management. Community Music. Students may well start working as musicians on a freelance basis very soon after the end of the course. This could include activities.
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BTEC National Diploma in Music Practice
The course is
designed to be able to:
· Develop skills and gain confidence in
performing in a wide range of musical styles.
· Develop specific skills
in rehearsing, arranging and preparing for performances, working from a
variety of sources including recorded music and various forms of notation.
Learn to perform effectively to an audience, paying attention both to
musical issues and other issues such as appropriate dress, stance,
communicating with the audience etc.
· Have an understanding of music's
place in the world; how it functions as an industry, the work
opportunities available for musicians today, the role of music in society,
how it is effected by politics and economics.
· Learn specific music
related skills including music theory skills, use of notation software and
safe and appropriate use of equipment.
· Develop appropriate skills to
organise and run musical events, including marketing, programming,
customer care, and working safely.
· Have opportunities to chose areas
to develop specialist skills, including operating live sound equipment,
leading community-based music workshops, developing a portfolio of
compositions or doing in-depth researching into an area of your choice.
it for me?
The course suits those who have some experience of
playing an instrument and want to develop their skills in a new direction.
You should be interested in a career in the music industry. This course is
equivalent to three A Levels and assessment is all coursework based.
The BTEC National Diploma is made up of 18 units studied
over two years. Some units are given as alternatives for you to chose
from, depending on your skills and interests. Of the six lessons you have
each week, two will be spent rehearsing and practicing, generally
developing material for performances. The rest of the week is involved in
classroom based studies. During the second year you will get the chance to
select some areas of study from a variety of options.
For the practical
units you will often be given projects which will lead to a Gig. The size
of your band and the type of material you will be playing will vary
greatly - it is an aim of the course to introduce you to a wide variety of
music and performance experiences. In previous years students have
performed 50s Rock'n'Roll, Latin American dance music, Folk Songs from
Britain and Ireland, Classic 60s soul, songs from the year 1968,
Experimental andelectronic music, and many more.
This is the list of
units from which you will study 18 to complete a National Diploma;
Skills for Musicians
Major Music Project (double value unit)
Planning a Music Project
The Sound and Music Industry
Music in the
Music performance Session Styles
Music Theory and Harmony
Pop Music in Practice
Techniques and Performance
Special Subject Investigation
Music from Around the World
The Music Freelance World
Developing as a Musical Ensemble
Working with Music Notation Software
Operating Live Sound
successfully complete the National Diploma in music can go on to higher
education courses in a variety of subjects including;
Music and Music Technology
Popular Music and Music Management
Students may well start working as
musicians on a freelance basis very soon after the end of the course. This
could include activities such as running workshop as a community musician,
performing, private tuition, promoting concerts, live sound technician
work, and songwriting.