Music – BTEC National Level 3

Music Curriculum for Sixth Form

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BTEC National Certificate in Music Performance

The UK music industry helps to drive economic growth by creating jobs and opportunities for young people. The 2015 UK music survey ‘Measuring Music’ identified that the music industry supported more than 117,000 full-time jobs in the UK, of which 69,300 were professional musicians. The music industry contributed £4.1 billion to the UK economy, outpacing the overall growth of the economy by 2.5 per cent. In 2016, live music alone created £3.7 billion in direct and indirect income for the UK.

The BTEC National courses are designed to be the perfect preparation for the music industry and will equip you will all the skills, and the confidence you need, to take your next steps into your chosen career path. The aim is that you learn by doing, with real life opportunities to be creative.

You will work on project based assessments which allow you to show your skills, knowledge and experience.

The course consists of two units, one of which is mandatory.

For the mandatory unit, Ensemble Music Performance, you will become part of a musical group and develop your ensemble skills by taking part in rehearsals. As an ensemble, you will be given a list of pieces from which you must choose three. You will then learn, rehearse and perform these pieces to an audience. You will also be required to present and demonstrate stylistic awareness and knowledge of the application of musical elements.

The optional units have been designed to complement the knowledge and skills you will develop in ensemble music performance and support your progression to more specialist creative courses in higher education. They also link with relevant occupational areas. The optional units cover the following areas:

● composing music
● music performance session styles
● solo performance
● improvising music.

The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to admission requirements for many courses.

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