English and Maths grade 4, Music GCSE (if taken) grade 4. Successful workshop/audition. All Level 3 subjects require a minimum of five grade 4 GCSEs in total.
The aim of the course is to develop the studentâ€™s all-round musicianship and to give them a solid foundation in music ensemble and solo performance.
The units are likely to be as follows:
- Music Performance: Students plan, prepare and deliver a musical performance from start to finish
- Music Composition: Students explore music theory and its application through composition. They will use music technology to produce a composition in response to a given brief
- Music Project: Students organise internal and external gigs, taking care of marketing as well as managing the front of house, backstage and technical elements
- Solo Performance: Students explore the preparation and performance of music as a soloist before performing in front of an audience
- Music Ensembles: Students will work as part of a musical ensemble and develop their skills and techniques in rehearsal and performance
This BTEC is equivalent to one A Level and is therefore taken alongside two or three other A Levels or BTEC equivalents to make a full study programme. Most courses combine well with this subject, but Media, Drama and other performance subjects go particularly well.
The BTEC in Music Performance is a combination of practical and theoretical work. You need to be prepared to work hard and be committed to performing in a group and as a soloist. You need to have an interest in a wide range of musical styles, especially pop music from the 1950s through to the present day. You will be expected to perform in organised gigs, shows and recording projects and you will be expected to practice regularly, taking lessons in your instrument or voice as part of your development. Composition and marketing/promotion in the music industry are also studied on this course.