BTEC in Music

WHY STUDY MUSIC?

Music is open to everyone entering year 10 and with performance being a central part of studying music this course introduces key aspects in becoming a successful performer. The course offers opportunities for instrumentalists and singers to further their skills in improvisation, solo performance and ensemble work in addition to learning about and using various techniques seen in a wide range of musical styles.

WHAT DOES THE COURSE INVOLVE?

The course gives you a wider understanding and appreciation of music in a performing arts context but also gives you the opportunity to develop a range of skills, techniques and personal qualities essential for successful performance in working life, in music or otherwise.

You will improve your ability to learn new styles of music, improve your ability to play with groups of other musicians, and learn a little bit about the music industry and music theory at the same time. Music lessons are devoted to these areas and your performance skills further supported by receiving free instrumental lessons during your time on the course (10x20mins lessons each term). In addition to this, over the two year course there will be music workshops run by external professional music staff to help enhance the learning process.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

The course is broken down into three units, where in each your work is assessed through coursework rather than a written examination.

Unit

Name of Unit

What is involves

Weighting

Unit 1

Individual Showcase

A letter of application for a particular workplace opportunity and a demonstration of two pieces of performance, each lasting two minutes

25%

Unit 2

Preparation,

Performance and

Production

Take part in the preparations for a live performance and demonstrate performance skills and techniques in a performance.

25%

Unit 3

Music Performance Skills

Explore and develop your music performance skills and review your own practice. You will use your music performance skills within rehearsals and  performance.

50%

WHAT ELSE SHOULD I CONSIDER?

BTEC Music is an ideal course for anyone who enjoys music and is interested in practising, rehearsing and performing music. You will be prepared to work hard but also have fun! The course is within a streamlined music curriculum, with Year 9’s having been introduced to some of the course’s concepts and there is a clear pathway progression to BTEC Level 3 in Music from year 12.

It is important to understand that during this course you will take responsibility for much of your own learning by planning your work, completing research and regularly reviewing your progress, in addition to practising your instrumental skill in your own time. You will also need to remember that you will be expected to perform in front of small audiences during lesson time (peers and music teachers).

For further details of this course, talk to Mr Cull.