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 record music labels.

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 programmes including Logic Pro, Ableton Live, Pro Tools and Reason to release your tracks via the student-run record labels.

Modules may include:

  • Music fundamentals
  • Rehearsal and performance
  • Computer-based music composition
  • Music video production
  • Remixing and production
  • The music industry
  • Music events management
  • Studio recording techniques
  • Digital synthesis
  • Live sound

Assessment Methods

This course is assessed through coursework with creative practical assignment tasks and an externally controlled assessment. 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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My greatest achievement since joining the College has been gaining a place at my dream drama school, East 15. For me, this opportunity was just a fantasy before I came to College and I never thought it would happen, especially the first year auditioning.

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