Free Choice Subjects
Why should you choose Music
Music is a huge part of our lives. It has the power to change our mood, get us excited or calm us down. It’s everywhere! Music is used in the video games you play, the films and programmes you watch on the television. Music is played when you go shopping or when you listen to the radio on your way to school. Behind the scenes, many organisations and jobs go into getting music from the artist to the audience.
If you have a passion for music, would you like to know how it is made? How it makes people money? How music is promoted so we are introduced to new artists? In this course, you will learn about how the music industry works. As well as this, you will work as a team to put on a concert and take on roles, such as a sound engineer, promoter etc. You will build confidence skills by performing in front of an audience. You will also be given the opportunity to go and look around a venue and a recording studio to see the difference between live and recorded music.
The BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Music Practice would prepare students for any business role. This is because the course focuses on looking at industry and how to work professionally within the music business. The breadth of job roles this course would prepare you for is huge. For example, for those students wanting to become a lawyer, we look at the legal support given to artists when signing a major record deal and legal disputes with record companies and artists. The course would also prepare students for higher education courses in music and teaching. Universities look favourably on students with a music qualification!
What else could you get out of Music?
This course will help you:
- Gain confidence
- Leadership skills
- Using music technology
- Presentation skills
- Performance skills
- Team work skills
- Organisational skills
How is the course assessed?
The course has two internally assessed units and one externally assessed unit:
Component 1 – Exploring Music Products and Styles (30%)
Component 2 – Music Skills Development (30%)
Component 3 – Responding to a Commercial Music Brief (40%)
Attitudes to Learning
The course would require students to be organised, creative, enthusiastic, have excellent time management skills, work well as team, work well independently and communicate effectively. In preparation for your performance you will need to be self-disciplined and rehearse in your own time.