How many hours per week?
Teaching contact time is 4 hours and 20 minutes per subject. Other workshops will be available throughout the year. Students are expected to complete up to 4 hours of independent study to complete performing practice, composition development, assignments, homework, extra reading and independent research.
- Grade 6 or above in Music & an audition
- Attainment 8 Score: 57
Under review for 2019/20 entry
Exam BoardEduqas Apply for this course
- You are interested in joining the music industry as a performer, composer, academic, editor, journalist, etc.
- You are interested in teaching music, be it at primary, secondary or higher education level, or as a peripatetic instrumental or vocal teacher.
- You just love music and want to further your knowledge and skills in performing, composing and appraising.
- You are a practicing musician and want to balance your subject choices with more academic subjects.
If you choose this course you would benefit from:
- Teaching by a highly experienced music educator who is also a very successful music ensemble director with a wide range of instrumental and vocal groups.
- Opportunities to perform in and/or compose music for various college events.
- Links with professional musicians in a wide range of musical genres.
- Opportunities to rehears with a first-class accompanist.
What will I learn?
In the first year you will study:
- Performing skills
- How to devise an effective performance programme
- Composing techniques based on the Western Classical Tradition
- What makes a ‘successful’ composition?
- Western Classical harmony
- The development of the Symphony 1750 – 1900 – focussing on Haydn Symphony No. 104 (‘London’) & Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 (‘Italian’)
- Musical Theatre – with a focus on the works of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Leonard Bernstein and T
- Developing individual aural skills
In the second year you will study:
- Advanced performing skills
- How to devise an effective examination performance programme
- 20th & 21st Century Composing techniques
- What makes a ‘successful’ examination composition?
- 20th & 21st Century harmony
- 20th Century Composers & Styles – focussing on Poulenc ‘Trio for Oboe, Bassoon & Piano’ and Debussy ‘Nuages’ from ‘Three Nocturnes’
- Musical Theatre – with a focus on the works of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Claude Michel Scönberg and Stephen Schwartz
- Advanced individual aural skills
What will I be taught?
This course is taught through a mixture of practical performance and composition, regular one-to-one tutorials and YouTube enhanced presentations given both by staff and students.
Classroom activities will include:
- Group and solo performing activities
- Composition tasks using ‘Sibelius’ software, incl. how to use the programme!
- Individual research
- ‘What is the examiner looking for’ sessions – your chance to assess.
- Student-led sessions
Where will this course take me?
Ideal preparation for a bespoke music course at either a Music Conservatoire (eg. Royal College of Music; Royal Academy of Music; Birmingham Conservatoire, etc) or a University music department (eg. Manchester; Nottingham; Oxford; Durham, etc)
So many of the skills gained on the course are transferable to other fields of work outside of music.
How will I be assessed?
- Performing (35%) – a programme, performed to a visiting examiner, lasting 12 mins
- Composing (25%) – 2 compositions (one to a brief set by Eduqas) lasting 6 mins
- Appraising (40%) – a written exam lasting 2hrs 15mins
Staff Contact Details
Barrie Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org