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Music Practitioner

Music Practitioner

What will I learn?

Music is core in society all around the globe with millions of pounds being spent every day on CDs, Downloads and Concerts. It also contributes millions of pounds to the UK economy as part of the Creative industries, the sector currently experiencing the largest growth. Where does that money go and ‘who gets what’? In the RSL Music Practitioner course you can specialise in either Performance or Technology. You will look at the different areas of the Music Industry, how it works and how it affects the music we buy and listen to. You will study key areas of the Music Industry such as Recording Techniques, Radio Production, Event Management, Artist Management and PA Set-ups as well as Music Production (Technology) or Performance Skills (Performance). If you have a passion for any type of Music it can also lead you into further study or a career within an Arts-Related Industry.

There is a requirement as part of the Level 3 Music Practitioner course to work alongside music industry professionals. This will involve workshops and visits to such organisations. This year the Music department at Ken Stimpson will have worked with Heart FM as well as major specialist recording labels. There will also be opportunities to visit and witness live performances in some of the major venues.

Studying music can give you a great mix of social, technical and business skills, which can all help in acquiring the seven skills that define employability; put together in the working towards your future joint report by the National Union of Students and the Confederate of British Industry.

Not to mention discipline, composure under pressure, time management, communication, team and individual working ability - all gained from practice and performing. You might also learn technical skills through using computers, equipment and software to create and record music

Further course content:

The RSL course is broken down into a number of units, each awarded a number of ‘Credits’. This further breaks down into ‘Core’ units (that have to be studied) and ‘Optional’ units. Evidence is gathered through practical tasks that are then evaluated through a number of different formats.

Level 2 (Technology) (equivalent to GCSE, Grades A*-C)

Over one year you will study for a Certificate qualification requiring 3 modules as follows:

  • Live Music Recording (‘Core’ unit – graded by RSL examiner)
  • Podcast/Radio Production (‘Optional’ Unit – graded by KSCS Music staff, moderated by RSL)
  • Sequencing and Music Production (‘Optional’ Unit – graded by KSCS Music staff, moderated by RSL)

Level 3 (1 year ‘Extended Certificate’, 2 year ‘Subsidiary Diploma’ or ‘Diploma’ dependent on experience) Over one year you will study for an Extended Certificate qualification requiring 3 modules as follows:

  • Live Music Performance (Performance Course) or Sequencing and Music Production (Technology Course) (‘Core’ Unit – graded by KSCS Music staff, moderated by RSL)
  • Podcast/Radio Production (‘Optional’ Unit – graded by KSCS Music staff, moderated by RSL)
  • Sound Reinforcement/PA systems (‘Optional’ Unit – graded by KSCS Music staff, moderated by RSL)

For those progressing to a Subsidiary Diploma or Diploma you will study a further 3-5 modules over the two years working to your own strengths. These are taken from a list that include, amongst others, the following: -

  • Getting a Career in Music (‘Core’ Unit – graded by RSL examiner)
  • Managing a Music Event (‘Optional’ Unit – graded by KSCS Music staff, moderated by RSL)
  • Live Music Performance (‘Optional’ Unit – graded by KSCS Music staff, moderated by RSL)
  • Composing for Film and Documentary (‘Optional’ Unit – graded by KSCS Music staff, moderated by RSL) • Composing Styles (‘Optional’ Unit – graded by KSCS Music staff, moderated by RSL)
  • Live Music Recording (‘Core’ unit – graded by KSCS Music staff, moderated by RSL)

There are also other modules that are possible including those related to careers in the Music Industry, Lighting, Composing and Dance that it may be possible to study.

The Music Practitioner Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and Level 3 Diploma are included in the new Technical Baccalaureate (TechBacc).

What can I do next?

With an RSL vocational qualification as a music practitioner you will be able to apply for higher level Music or Music Technology-related courses (such as RSL or BTEC Level 4/5) or, alternatively, it will give you the required skills to look into initial employment or apprenticeships within the Music or Technical Theatre Industry

It will also provide you with the National Occupational Standards relating to:

  • Community Arts
  • Cultural Venue Operations
  • Live Events and Promotion
  • Music Business (Record Labels)
  • Technical Theatre

Music graduates have a wide range of career options available to them both inside and outside the industry, including: performer, teacher, music therapist, administrator, songwriter, conductor, composer, recording engineer, manager, promoter, or music publisher. The range of roles can seem quite endless!

There are also more jobs than ever in music business related areas, and it continues to grow, such as: careers in digital marketing, social media, PR, technology, label services, ticketing and merchandising. It is also common to find music graduates in consultancy, finance, banking, music therapy and legal jobs.

Summary

Level:
 Levels 2 and 3
Duration:
 1-2 Years
Qualification:
RSL Music Practitioner (Technology) Level 2 or 3, RSL Music Practitioner (Performance) Level 3
Entry Requirements:
Level 3 Technology: Minimum of a C in either ICT, Media or Music at Grade C or above (or an equivalent such as BTEC), plus an interest in Music., Level 3 Performance: Minimum of a C in either ICT, Media or Music at Grade C or above (or an equivalent such as BTEC), plus experience as a Music Performer., Level 2 Technology: Minimum of an E in English and a D in ICT, plus an interest in Music.

Ken Stimpson Community School
Staniland Way
Werrington
PE4 6JT
(Sat Nav users: PE4 6WR)