If you are committed to a career in the music industry then studying with us is one of the best ways to start. Whether your goal is to be a performer, songwriter, recording engineer or music journalist, you will develop industry-relevant skills within a challenging, supportive and creative vocational environment. We offer a varied and well-rounded musical education that will stretch and challenge you as a musician, providing you with the wealth of skills that you need to succeed in the industry.
The music courses provide the opportunity for those students committed to working in the music industry to explore and develop their skills in areas such as performance, composition and sound engineering. Both the BTEC Level 2 First Certificate (KS4) and UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Performance & Production (Post-16) courses enable students to develop industry relevant vocational skills within a challenging, well-supported, creative environment.
Facilities and Activities
The Music Department benefits from outstanding facilities including a digital recording studio, Apple Mac MIDI suite and four 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 you need to have?
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 will also have an interest in the study of music as a wider subject and have the initiative to create musical opportunities for yourself and your peers.
For Post-16 you will also be:
- A confident performer on at least one instrument or voice.
b. Show a strong aptitude for and knowledge of music technology with a portfolio of work that you have created and can explain.
For Key Stage 4, you will be a confident performer on at least one instrument or voice.
“The great thing is that you meet people with the same mindset as you. Plus, the facilities were great - it’s like a playground for musicians.”