The music industry has never been so exciting. There are so many opportunities and many different avenues that you can work in music. Everything from working on live music events and festivals, working for a record label, being an artist manager though to writing and composing music, performing live on stage, being a session player in a recording studio, producing music and releasing your own tracks on streaming sites. The possibilities are endless and more importantly, the course will be about what you want to focus on.
‘…standards of work are strong.’ Ofsted, 2018
Study Music Performance at Bournville and you become a part of a very exciting and new way to deliver music education – you will work for our record label COGNITO MUSIC. Your course will be delivered in a very practical and vocational context in working for the label within the job you are most focused on in the music industry. This is a 2 year programme and you will need to pass both years to obtain the full qualification.
Over 70% of those who come to view our music facilities end up studying with us. All teaching in music is good with outstanding features.
Recent survey feedback: Would recommend my course to a friend - all music students responded with 100% agreement Music students benefit from live gigs each term in professional contexts
What areas will I study?
The course is designed around a number of music projects, some of these will be performances, others compositions or songs and some assignment work too.
The course is split into units, including five core units:
- Aural perception skills
- Major music project (double value unit)
- Music and society
- The sound and music industry
Plus 14 optional units:
- Arranging music
- Working with music notation packages
- Composing music
- Sequencing systems and techniques
- Music events management
- Improvising music
- Live music workshop
- Music performance session styles
- Music performance techniques
- Music theory and harmony
- Solo music performance skills
- Contemporary song writing techniques
- The functional music keyboard
- Working and developing as a musical ensemble
What are the entry requirements?
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and maths (and preferably music) or BTEC First Diploma (Merit or Distinction) together with a grade 4 in English and maths. All applicants must have a good reference. All applicants must pass an audition.
Where can I progress to next?
Progression is on to University or HND courses, also into relevant areas of the music industry which will include careers within the recording, live music, publishing, and management sectors.