Post 16 Music
The Music courses are vocational, and offer a chance for those interested in performing to further their technique and gain experience in working with other musicians, as well as providing a training for students aiming at a career in the music industry. In addition to performance opportunities, there is also a fully-equipped digital recording studio and a Mac-Pro sequencing suite with 24 workstations. Instrumental and vocal tuition is provided by a team of peripatetic specialist teachers. (This is free to KS4 Music students, and heavily subsidised for Post-16 students.) There are many performance opportunities throughout the year. All musical styles and tastes are catered for and encouraged although ensemble performance work is often Pop/Rock/Jazz focused.
All music students have the opportunity to work in our fully equipped digital recording studio and to use our technology suite, with Pro-Tools, Logic 9, Reason and Sibelius software.
There is some emphasis on performance. Performance opportunities include regular foyer or canteen concerts, shows in our theatre (the Obie), performances in schools and other local venues. Occasionally students have had the opportunity to perform at high profile events or venues (Glastonbury, The National Portrait Gallery.)
Applicants must be undertaking GCSE in music (or equivalent). Applicants must be able to demonstrate an ability to perform, either as a vocalist or instrumentalist, and ideally should have some experience of live performing. Also, a good knowledge of music theory is required.
Beyond the BRIT School
The vocational courses we teach are designed to equip students for a career in the music industry, either as a performer or in another Industry related role. Students could also continue their musical education at a specialist music college or university. In recent years students have gone on to study at; LIPA, Westminster University, Leeds University, Leeds College of Music, Guildhall, Birmingham Conservatoire, ACM and others. We have links with many such institutions.
Post-16 courses on offer
Students will take a BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music (18 units) which is equivalent to 3 A’levels. All students will follow this course. In addition to performance based units students will also be involved in the use of technology for sequencing and recording, composing and arranging using both traditional and technological methods as well as a music business course, aural training and music theory.
The course is made up of 18 units, some of which are listed below:
- Listening Skills for Musicians
- Major Music Production (double unit)
- Planning a Music Project
- Music and Society
- The Sound and Music Industry
- Aural Perception Skills
- Classical Music in Practice
- Composing Music
- Music Performance Techniques
- Music Theory and Harmony
- Pop Music in Practice
- Studying Music from around the World
- The Functional Music Keyboard
- Working and Developing as a Musical Ensemble
- Music Sequencing
- Sound Recording Techniques
In addition, students are all expected to take up an Additional Study. This is usually in a different subject to their ‘Strand’. Some students take on English A’level, others re-take their GCSE Maths, some opt for another ‘Arts’ subject like Theatre Studies whilst there are some who prefer something practical in another way like photography. Additional Studies vary from year to year depending on uptake.