What is the course about?
This is a course for students with a keen interest in music who want to reach music industry professional standards in their skills as vocalists or instrumentalists. The course is particularly suitable for those thinking of pursuing a career in music. It focuses around staging professional standard performances of music in contemporary styles such as pop and RnB, and enables students to develop the additional skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the industry.
Duration of course: 2 years
Exam board: UAL Awarding Body
What units/topics will be studied?
Our links with the music industry and specialised performance programme have led to their fantastic reputation for developing young artists and helping them make inroads in terms of developing a career
in the industry. Study covers all areas of music performance and our students also gain skills in music production and learn about the way the music business operates. All students are given regular opportunities to perform in our large-scale professional events and benefit from the regular input of industry professionals who are part of the teaching team, such as session musician, Andrew Small, and vocalist, Bashiyra. The teaching programme has recently included workshops and seminars given by visiting artists and bands such as WSTRN and Cover Drive.
What do I need to study this subject?
Once we receive your application form we will invite you to attend one of our taster sessions which will include an informal audition. Applicants also need to achieve four GCSE grades A*-C.
What can I do to prepare myself to study this subject?
Interested applicants should first and foremost work on developing their technique as instrumentalists and vocalists. Working with an experienced producer or teacher is useful for this, although some students make good progress through teaching themselves using online resources. The more practical experience a student has the better so we recommend applicants get involved in as much music as possible (both inside and outside of school).
Where can this lead me?
We offer clear progression routes into the creative industries and higher education. Most of our students go on to study at some of the UK’s top Music institutions, including the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Trinity Laban, and Leeds College of Music. Many of our former students are now enjoying life as full-time artists and songwriters. Our former students include artists such as NAO, as well
as musicians such as Stefan Adamson (Samm Henshaw/The Sound Experiment) and Jamie Kyriakides (The Skints).
Entry Requirements Four GCSE grades A*-C. Audition.