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Music Performance Courses

Why study Music Performance?

Providing you with the opportunity to develop your writing and performance skills with experienced industry professionals, you will build on your own personal and social development as a successful Recording Artist/Musician in today’s music industry. Developing your creative side, you will focus on writing, composing and arranging songs for recording and performing. You will consider and question the social and cultural contexts of music performance, understanding recording contracts and generating your revenue. You will be introduced to music and performance skills, understanding the skills required to create good music.

Our Music Performance courses are aimed young people interested in vocal performance, rap, spoken word and singing, as well as traditional instrumentalists eg. Guitarists, drummers, pianists.

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  • Course Information
    Please use the buttons below to view level specific course information.
  • Entry Level 3
    You will be introduced to basic music and performance skills, looking at your contribution within music performance and understanding the skills required to create good music.

    What you will learn:

    • Song writing
    • Singing/Rapping
    • Performance skills
    • DJ skills
    • Understanding Music Technology
    Course entry requirements:

    There are no formal qualifications required for this course.

    Course duration and start date:

    The course will begin in September 2017 and lasts for one year.
    What qualification(s) will I receive?

    • NOCN Entry Level 3 Certificate in Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development
    • NCFE Entry Level 3 Award in Developing Enterprise Skills
    All learners will need to complete their Functional Skills qualifications in English and Maths alongside their programme.

    Progression Opportunities

    We would actively encourage you to progress onto our Level 1 Music and Performance programme. This will allow you to further develop your creative skills and continue to focus on your English and/or Maths.
  • Level 1
    This course is aimed at young people interested in vocal performance, rapping and singing. It will give you the opportunity to develop your writing and performance skills with experienced industry professionals. You will be building on your own personal and social development, and work towards setting targets and achieving goals. Through the Music and Performance skills course you will be exploring and practicing important skills and techniques.

    What you will learn:

    • Song writing
    • Singing/Rapping
    • Professional Recording sessions
    • Music Theory
    • Performance skills
    • Music Sequencing and Production
    • Using a DAW
    • Composing Music Ideas
    Course entry requirements:

    Applicants must have 2 GCSEs or equivalent.

    Course duration and start date:

    The course will begin in September 2017 and lasts for one year.
    What qualification(s) will I receive?

    • Rock School Level 1 Extended Certificate in Performance
    • NCFE Level 1 Award in Developing Enterprise Skills
    Learners with a grade D in GCSE English and/or Maths will complete a GCSE re-sit alongside their course.

    Learners with a grade E or below in English and/or Maths will work towards achieving their Functional Skill qualification alongside their course.

    Progression Opportunities

    We would actively encourage you to progress onto one of our Level 2 programmes. This will allow you to further develop your creative skills and continue to focus on your English and/or Maths.
  • Level 2
    This course is aimed at young people who are interested in developing a career as a songwriter/performer/recording artist. It will give you the opportunity to develop your writing and performance skills with experienced industry professionals.

    You will be building on your own personal and social development, and work towards setting targets and achieving goals. Through the Recording Artist Development and Business course you will be exploring and practicing important skills and techniques.

    What you will learn:

    • Create and rehearse a performance of your own material
    • Plan and stage events that you will manage as part of a team
    • Write and record a collection of songs to an industry standard
    • Learn how to earn a wage as an artist/songwriter
    • Explore a range of techniques to develop effective song writing styles
    • Learn and apply studio recording techniques
    • Identify how to improve rehearsal performances
    • Prepare and Perform a fifteen-minute set
    Course entry requirements:

    Applicants must have 3 GCSEs at grade D or above (including English) or equivalent

    Applicants who do not have a D in GCSE English must have Functional Skills English at Level 1.

    Course duration and start date:

    The course will begin in September 2017 and lasts for one year.
    What qualification(s) will I receive?

    • Rock School Level 2 Extended Certificate for Music Practitioners
    • Rock School Level 2 Award for Music Practitioners

    Learners with a grade D in GCSE English and/or Maths will complete a GCSE re-sit alongside their course.

    Learners with a grade E or below in English and/or Maths will work towards achieving their Functional Skill qualification alongside their course.

    Progression Opportunities

    We would actively encourage you to progress onto one of our Level 3 programmes at Big Creative Academy. This will allow you to further develop your creative skills and continue to focus on your English and/or Maths.

    Alternatively, if you have five GCSEs at grade C or above (including English and Maths) then you can progress onto one of our BCE Apprenticeship programmes.

    You also have the option to progress into employment.
  • Level 3
    Can you compete with the artists? Do you see yourself as the new Ed Sheeran or Rihanna making music or writing the next smash hit? This course is designed for young people with a passion for music performance. In a competitive industry where the UK has many top artists this course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to compete with the best in all genres of music and develop your own authentic style.

    At the end of the course, you will leave LCI with a professional, digital show reel of your coursework. Your tutors will help you craft this essential tool to help you move to the next stage of your creative career or learning.

    What you will learn:
    Year One:

    • Solo Music Performance
    • Working and Developing as a Musical Ensemble
    • Music Performance Techniques
    • Sound and Music Industry
    • The Music Freelance World
    • World Music
    • Marketing
    • Music Project AR
    • Sequencing Systems and Techniques

    Year Two:

    • Popular Music in Performance
    • Contemporary Songwriting Techniques
    • Music Theory and Harmony
    • Composing Music
    • Music and Society
    • Functional Keyboard
    • Major Music Project
    • Aural Perception

    Course entry requirements:

    Applicants must have 5 GCSEs at grade C or above (including English) or equivalent

    Course duration and start date:

    The course will begin in September 2017 and lasts for two years.
    What qualification(s) will I receive?

    • BTEC Level 3 90-Credit Diploma in Music Performance (1 year)
    • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Performance (2 years)

    Learners who already have GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above will also work towards the Bronze Arts Award (Enterprise Qualification).

    Learners with a grade D in GCSE English and/or Maths will complete a GCSE re-sit alongside their course.

    Learners with a grade E or below in Maths will work towards achieving their Functional Skill qualification alongside their course.

    Progression Opportunities

    If you are keen to move into employment but wish to continue training in the creative industries and have five GCSEs at grade C or above (including English and Maths), then you can progress onto one of our BCE Apprenticeship programmes.

    Those of you who wish to continue your learning in an education environment, have the option to progress into Higher Education either at a University or studying for a HNC/HND programme.

    If you are not keen on continuing to study further, you can progress directly into employment.
  • Will I receive support throughout my course?
    At Big Creative Education, we pride ourselves on offering support to all of our young people throughout their programme.

    We have a number of learners who have a range of support needs from specific learning difficulties, or autistic spectrum disorders to mental health conditions, amongst others. If you currently have a valid Education and Health Care Plan or a Learning Difficulty Assessment (LDA), you will be entitled to government funded support from your local authority to ensure we help you achieve the best from your learning.

    If you wish to discuss any aspect of learning support, please do not hesitate to contact Lauren (Entry Level to Level 2) or Shayne (Level 3) on 020 8498 3300.

    For more information about the support we offer to learners please click here
  • How will I be taught and assessed?
    All of our courses are vocational which means they are designed to compliment learners with a visual and kinaesthetic learning style.

    As a result, you will be assessed via a range of both practical and written assignments.
  • What happens after I submit an Application?
    Once you have submitted your application online, you will be contacted via post and email with an interview appointment. Our interview evenings happen on a monthly basis so you will never wait more than 30 days for an appointment.

    Your interview is an opportunity for you to showcase and discuss your creative skill set with our industry professional tutors. We actively encourage applicants to attend their interviews with either a portfolio of work (if you have it) or an audition piece (if you’re applying for Music Performance or Performing Arts).

    At the end of your interview you will receive a conditional offer for September subject to achieving the entry criteria. This will also be confirmed in writing so you have something to keep as a reminder.

Disclaimer: Big Creative Education makes every effort to ensure that details about courses are as accurate as possible however, these are subject to change.
 
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Important Dates
Open Events:
Wed 13th December 2017
Wed 17th January 2018
Wed 21st February 2018
Wed 21st March 2018
Wed 25th April 2018
Wed 16th May 2018
Wed 20th June 2018
Wed 11th July 2018

Age Requirements
All BCE courses are for learners aged 16-18 as of 31 August 2017.

However, if you have a learning difficulty and/or disability with a valid Education and Healthcare Plan, you can study with us up to the age of 25.

Course Fees
All of our courses are FREE. There are no charges or fees.

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