This 2-year course is designed for 16 – 18 and adult students looking for progression onto Higher Education or a successful career in Music Performance. Developing practical music performance skills and techniques through regular rehearsal and live performance modules are key to this course. Music theory & Understanding Musical Styles will improve composition skills. Studio recording round out this performance-based course.
‘…standards of work are strong.’ Ofsted, 2018
The course is very practical and you will have the opportunity to develop your performance techniques through rehearsal and performing in a variety of performance spaces. The main performances will be evening shows in our 350 seat auditorium. During the course you will take part in 2 main evening performances plus a variety of other performance opportunities, some in the auditorium and some on the stage in the canteen or in other performance venues. You will also prepare for and take part in Recording sessions using one of our recording studios, you will also learn how to set up and record instruments and vocals for these sessions. The course also includes studying music theory, the history of popular music and how it is influenced by society, and how the music industry works. Our impressive auditorium hosts many performances throughout the year, not only from college students but also visiting performers. Students will have the opportunity to attend performances from visiting artists and talks from industry professionals helping your module assignments
What areas will I study?
- Music rehearsal skills
- Live and studio music performances
- Getting work in music
- Understanding musical styles
What are the entry requirements?
Entry to the course is by successful interview, including a minimum of 4 GCSE 4-9 grades or equivalent. English and maths may be retaken alongside this course if necessary.
Where can I progress to next?
Students successfully completing the Extended Diploma can progress onto Higher Education including the college’s Foundation Degree or BA (Hons) Popular Music. Industry employment in a wide variety of music performance-related areas is also a career pathway.