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Sixth Form

Music BTEC National

Subject: BTEC Music

Hours taught per fortnight (KS5): 8

The Music curriculum develops knowledge and understanding of music theory and harmony in order to apply theoretical understanding to practical scenarios. Students explore the skill set required for professionals in the music industry and learn how to put forward a successful bid for industry work. Opportunities to work as a soloist and as part of a musical ensemble are identified both within the curriculum and by the students themselves, in an extensive programme of events. Through the study of effective rehearsal skills and techniques, students learn to lead an ensemble of their own from initial planning stages through to live performance. The subject demands a high level of leadership and organisational skills and all students at this level are required to lead a college ensemble. The curriculum is supported by broad and challenging academic reading and engaging theoretical activities including score reading and analysis of set works from both popular music styles and the classical western canon. A range of extra-curricular opportunities enrich the curriculum including school productions, ensembles, gigs, webinars from leading industry professionals and trips to local and national concerts.

For a summary of the curriculum, please see the document below.