Music Technology and Performance Extended Diploma Level 3 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

This course is ideal if you want to find employment in the music industry, work as a self-employed musician or practitioner in the creative industries. It will help develop your practical and theoretical understanding of a wider range of music styles and improve your performance, composition and production skills.

The performance pathway allows you to develop your skills through specialist lessons for music composition, instrumental and ensemble performance in a range of contexts. You will learn to use a range of software such as Logic and Sibelius and release your tracks via the student-run Brainworks Music Label.

The technology pathway enables you to develop your production skills in sequencing, sound synthesis and the use of music technology in performance. You also gain a theoretical understanding of acoustics, music fundamentals, the industry and wider music production skills including studio recording, remixing, events management, DJ performance techniques and live sounds. The course also includes training in a range of software including Logic Pro, Ableton Live, Pro Tools and Reason.

Modules may include:

  • Music fundamentals
  • Computer-based music composition
  • Music and sound for moving image
  • The music industry
  • Music events management
  • Studio recording techniques
  • Music awareness
  • Live sound

Assessment Methods

This course is assessed through coursework with creative practical assignment tasks. These reflect industry practice and develop fundamental skills that are required for employment in the music industry, including performance projects and coursework assignments.

Progression Options

On successful completion you could progress to the FdA Music Production qualification at University Centre Somerset. Alternatively, you could find employment in the entertainment industries at technician or trainee management level.

Course Summary

Course Title Music Technology and Performance Extended Diploma Level 3
Entry Requirements

You need five GCSEs in the 9 to 4 range or a relevant Level 2 qualification
passed at Merit level. For the performance pathway, you need to demonstrate
skills equivalent to approximately Grade 5 standard on your first instrument,
usually having played for at least three years. Entry is also subject to a
successful interview and audition.

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Spotlight

I found the entire experience of studying my Level 2 course really rewarding, that I decided to further my knowledge by completing a Level 3 course. I’m continually learning new skills and it’s really helping my professional development in the workplace.

Amanda, ILM Leadership & Management Level 3

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