What will I study?
Qualifications in Music offer a range of key units spanning across all areas of the Music Industry and Musicianship. If you have an interest in Music, either as a Performer or in Music Technology, then one of these are the qualification for you!
How will I be assessed?
There are three units:
Unit 1 – Live Music Performance (Externally Assessed Core Unit)
The Certificate has an externally assessed core unit – Live Performance – which takes the form of a controlled assessment. The controlled assessment involves the planning, execution and evaluation of a practical performance.
Unit 2 – Musical Knowledge Development (Internally Assessed Core Unit)
This second core unit – Musical Knowledge Development – is designed to give all performers the range of knowledge and skills to be a more rounded and accomplished musician. You will study various popular musical styles such as Jazz, Rock’n’Roll, Rap and Eighties and learn about the distinctive traits that comprise them as well as the recognition of musical characteristics. You will listen to important, seminal recordings and learn about important popular musical artists before choosing two to focus a research project on.
Unit 3 – Using a DAW (Internally Assessed Optional Unit)
This optional unit aims to enhance your operation of a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). Throughout Years 7 - 8 you have had some experience of using Cubase and/or Bandlab and this module of work takes these experiences further by looking at more advanced features before creating your own 'Beats' to match the unit criteria. This includes drum patterns, bass lines and chords. You will also look at what uses a DAW has which will involve areas of live recording and writing to film.
In all units you will be assessed according to the RSL grading criteria and can achieve a Pass, Merit or Distinction.
What skills will I need?
You must, above all, have a real interest in Music and performance and be prepared to perform in front of classmates and larger audiences either as part of a group or as a soloist. The basic requirements will have been covered and developed during your time in Years 7 - 8 and this qualification gives you the opportunity to expand on this further. You also need to be self-disciplined, as much of the required work is undertaken independently. Please note that there is no requirement to be able to read music to undertake this course.
What happens in lessons?
In lessons you will develop your skills in Music with plenty of time to rehearse and practise. Upon starting the course, you will undertake a skills analysis to guide you in the next stages of your development as a musician whilst, throughout the lessons, working on a reflective diary where you will document and record your process throughout the modules. This will then be submitted to the external examiners for approval.
Due to Health and Safety restrictions, Music is limited to 16 places.