Course Code: VM1FE98 Music Performance and Production - Level 2 Next course dates Start dateLocationDuration 05 Sep 2022 University Centre 1 Year Apply now 05 Sep 2023 University Centre 1 Year Apply now Overview Is this course for me? What will I learn? How will I be assessed? Key information Where could this course take me? Course Summary Music moves, inspires and heals. If you're fascinated by the transformative effect of music and the industry that makes it happen, this is the course for you. The full-time Level 2 Diploma in Music Performance and Production course has been developed to provide students with an understanding of music performance and production as a collaborative activity and prepare them for a career in related industries. The course is designed for aspiring musicians who want to develop a career in the music industry. Students will explore their passion through a full-time, immersive learning experience, developing a wide range of skills in music performance and production alongside exploring the music business, music theory, song writing & recording. The course supports the development of your individual creative portfolio and provides the opportunity to develop your music for commercial release. Entry Requirements 4 GCSEs grade 3 - 1 including English and maths a successful interview with a tutor the ability to study independently a genuine interest in the subject hardworking approach towards the industry Essential Skills – English and Maths If you achieve a grade 3 in GCSE Maths or English you will have to work towards re-sitting these subjects as part of your main study programme. At B&FC, this won’t delay your career journey because you’re working towards these subjects at the same time as your chosen subject. Qualification Obtained Diploma in Music Performance and Production The course is made up of eight units relating to the music performance and production. Introduction to music performance Introduction to music production Listening skills for music performance and production Exploring music composition Contextual research for music performance and production Music performance skills and practice Music production skills and practice Music performance and production project All units are delivered through vocational learning. The units focus on the underpinning skills, knowledge and understanding that support all music performance and production activity. Some of the units are delivered in projects that will encompass multiple unit content. Industry Placement and Field Trips Field trips to local places of interest are used to embrace learning outside of the classroom environment. Students will also gain experience of work by engaging with external companies and by working on location and live events There is no assessed work placement on this course but you will be required to complete a minimum of 20 hours' work experience in a related music industry, studio/performance venue or digital recording space. Learning and Teaching Methods This course combines taught sessions, workshops, independent study, online learning and work experience. Students will work in group production tasks and also independently. All the tutors on the course are working or have worked in the industry and can share a wealth of experience and have higher levels of education in media specific areas. While on the course you will be able to work with staff for external clients in response to live briefs thus giving you a greater understanding of the music industry. A typical timetable will consist of session and workshops over a 4-day week and the 5th day being used for independent research or practical production days. You will have access to specialist equipment for independent study time and rehearsal time. In addition to some work in the traditional learning environment you will experience a range of industry-standard work spaces which may include: The Recording Studio – Pro Tools 12 HD and 24 Channel Analogue Mixing Desk. The Mixing Suite – acoustic treated for professional level mixing in both Pro Tools and Logic Pro X software. Music Performance Room – versatile space for acoustic and band performances which also functions as a live sound venue including a PreSonus live Digital mixing desk. Music Production Suite – fully equipped with iMacs running Logic Pro X software. Space accommodates: Music Sequencing, Sound for Moving Image, Music Theory and Music Production work. Rehearsal Rooms – fully equipped with mixing desks, guitar and bass amp emulation, electronic drum kits and microphones for extended rehearsals and performance preparations. Each room also has an iMac with a sound card for additional songwriting and recording activities. University Centre Theatre – provides an excellent performance space for live gigs. It is normal to expect up to 12 hours a week in a studio or classroom setting. You will have access to specialist equipment for independent study time and this could be up to an additional 6 hours a week. Expert Tutors All staff involved in the delivery of further education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice. Assessment Methods There is no exam on this course. You will be assessed through coursework (100%) and a range of music projects including gigs, live performances and recording projects where you will have an opportunity to release your music through B&FC’s record label. The range of assessment methods include essays, reports, presentations, filmed rehearsals and practical recording sessions and performances. There is no formal assessment through work experience but you will conclude a minimum of 20 hours work experience. Students are assessed via projects and a final major project which takes place at the end of the course when they are at their best. This large project allows students to demonstrate all the learning that has taken place through completion of the other units. Tuition Fees Students who are 18 or under pay no course fees. Read our tuition fees guide for students 19 and over. Other Costs and Equipment Needed You will need to bring your first instrument if you play guitar, bass or other easily portable instrument. Drummers should bring their own drumsticks. Keyboards/pianos are available to use at College. You will need your own USB3 portable hard drive to store your musical data from recording, production and songwriting sessions. Field trips are funded by students and are optional. The cost of a local one-day field trip can range from £10 to £25. Regulation and Accreditation Accrediting Institution: N/A Awarding Body: UAL Regulatory Body: Ofsted Terms and Conditions Read our full terms and conditions for more information. Career Options and Progression Following successful completion of the Music Performance and Production Diploma you will be able to progress to the Level 3 Diploma, where you will develop major live music and recording projects. You will then have the option to progress to higher education to study in a wide range of subjects, including music production, composing, popular music and recording, music performance, music industry management and live sound. Career options are varied and include working as a live sound engineer, recording studio engineer, music producer, artist manager, session musician, recording artist, composer for film, TV & video games, musical arranger or performer. Students have progressed onto a variety of different higher education courses at a wide range of universities.