This course will prepare you for work within the music industry by developing your instrumental skills and performance ability. Undertaking a work placement in a relevant area, and engaging in multiple live performances, will provide you with essential valuable skills. You will become aware of the influencers of popular music across the ages, and will develop your own performance style.
This exciting course will help you to further develop your music performance skills and knowledge from studying a broad range of music styles.
This course will prepare you for work within the music industry by developing your technical and practical skills.
The course is designed to stretch and challenge those who are looking to progress into a career in the industry. It is an opportunity to develop your instrumental skill and repertoire, in group and solo contexts. You will apply and refine your audio awareness across a range of popular music genres, and will study and analyse the influence of popular music across the ages.
This highly practical qualification will allow you to explore, develop and test your creativity. You will be provided with the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to progress to degree level study or employment.
You will study the following:
- Music Performance Techniques
- Working and Developing as a Musical Ensemble
- Solo Music Performance Skills
- The Sound and Music Industry.
Average number of hours per week
*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.
Teaching & assessment
Assessment is carried out on a continuous basis and the course is delivered through a series of practical projects and assignments, including public performances.
The assignments will be both practical and theoretical throughout the year and you will be expected to set targets and make a record of this. Performance-based modules will be assessed through live performances in professional music venues, such as the Gala Theatre and the College’s Drama Studio.
Aural perception skills will focus on skills tests in pitch and rhythm. Portfolio-based assignments will involve engaging with software, such as Logic Pro X.
Maths and English
Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.
We are very proud of the strong industry links we hold. Our established link with the Gala Theatre in Durham ensures you are provided with the opportunity to perform in a professional environment.
Our tutors are practicing professionals who have links with professional venues, studios, producers, theatre companies, musical directors and agencies.
You will be encouraged to pursue a work placement to get experience working in a relevant area. Previous students have successfully secured placements in local radio stations, live music venues, recording and rehearsal studios, and shadowing music teachers in either a classroom or stage school setting.
You could progress to FdA Roots and Popular Music at New College Durham, or a relevant subject at university.
Progress onto further study
This exciting new programme is ideal for musicians who want to further their knowledge of roots and popular
Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.
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You will need to own and maintain musical equipment and instruments, including a first study instrument and necessary accessories.
You will be invited to attend an interview. At this stage, you will demonstrate your performance ability and your suitability to the course will be assessed.
What you are expected to do at interview will be outlined in detail in an audition pack that will be sent out prior to your interview date – you will be required to bring your instrument and prepare and perform two contrasting pieces.
Find out more information about your college interview.
In order to access this course, you must possess a minimum of four GCSEs at grades C or above (or equivalent), ideally this will include maths and English.