If you are committed to a career in the music industry, studying with us is a great place to start. Whether your goal is to be a performer, songwriter, recording engineer or music business professional, you will develop industry-relevant skills within a challenging, well-supported and creative vocational environment. We offer a varied and rounded musical education to stretch and challenge you as a musician, and provide you with the range of skills you need to succeed in the industry.
At Post 16 we have two music courses: Music Route and Music Technology Route.
For the Music Route you will be a confident performer on at least one instrument or voice.
For the Music Technology Route you will show a strong aptitude for and knowledge of music technology with a portfolio of work that you have created.
For both the Music Route and Music Technology Route we offer the UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Performance & Production which will provide you with a range of practical skills, knowledge and training to support your aspirations for a career in the music industry. This qualification is equivalent to three A levels.
The Music Route will include subjects such as music theory, aural skills, songwriting, music industry, ensemble skills, music history, music technology, ethnomusicology (world music), ensemble performance and solo performance. The Music Technology Route will include subjects such as MIDI sequencing, recording, mixing, music theory, history, aural skills, live sound, composition and performance.
How Do I Apply
You may apply for ONE ROUTE ONLY. For entry into Year 12, please answer the following questions in section 7 of the application form:
Answer questions specific to your chosen route:
(Music Route applicants only)
List your strengths (instrument and/or voice) in order of ability & which one you will audition with.
See below for Music Technology question.
(All applicants) Describe your musical experience and/or training in music to date. This could include performances, composition work, recording sessions or anything else that you consider relevant.
(All applicants) What do you think are the most important qualities to succeed as a professional musician?
(All applicants) Pick an important event in the history of popular music and explain its significance.
For music technology students please answer the following for question 1: Give a detailed summary of your experience and/or training in music technology, including any software that you are familiar with.
The Music Department benefits from outstanding facilities including a digital recording studio, Apple Mac MIDI suites and professionally equipped rehearsal rooms. Every year, students get the opportunity to perform in the school's 300 seat public performance venue, The Obie Theatre, as well as at a range of external venues. Our close relationship with The British Record Industry Trust and the support of the school's Governors results in music students being invited to perform at a range of prestigious events and venues each year. Recent examples include The BBC Radio Theatre, The Roundhouse and The National Portrait Gallery.
What Qualities Do I Need?
It is vital that students are already actively involved in musical activities both in and out of school. We are looking for open-minded, reliable team players who are focused and motivated. Being organised, responsible and able to meet deadlines is very important to us. You must also have an interest in the study of music as a wider subject (not just performance) and have the initiative to create musical opportunities for yourself and your peers.