What will I study?
This qualifications in Music offers 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 is the qualification for you!
How will I be assessed?
There are three units:
Unit 1 – Music Sequencing and Production (Externally Assessed Core Unit)
The Certificate has an externally assessed core unit – Music Sequencing and Production – which takes the form of a controlled assessment. The controlled assessment involves the use of Cubase software to a more advanced level to create, and produce, a musical composition in an electronic style following a set of criteria detailed by the exam board. This will include elements of remixing as well as digital effects and the creation of drum tracks, amongst other relevant skills.
Unit 2 – Musical Knowledge Development (Internally Assessed Core Unit)
This second core unit – Musical Knowledge Development – is designed to give all musicians 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.
You will be assessed according to the 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. 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 experiment and hone your Cubase skills. 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.