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Subject Intent: Why Music?

Music pervades life and is all-encompassing. The Music curriculum helps students develop, engages them creatively and challenges them in an intellectual sense. We intend to unlock our students’ potential through Music and instil a genuine love of the subject through listening, composition, performing and analysing music from a wide range of styles and cultures helping students develop a greater sense of appreciation of the power of music throughout the world. It supports the development of a range of transferable skills such as communication, memory skills, creativity, collaboration and problem solving that students can employ in their next steps whether that be Higher Education or employment.

Why should I study this subject?

This is a practical and vocational course, which has two externally marked units and the rest are marked by the teacher. This qualification gives you transferable and higher-order skills that are valued by higher education providers and employers, for example performance techniques, communication skills, team working. It also gives you an opportunity to focus on your personal vocal/instrumental technique and is very much a practical course.

What will I study?

• Practical music theory and harmony
• Professional practice in the music industry
(mandatory and externally marked). This is a written task that has to be completed in two weeks.
• Ensemble music performance (mandatory and externally marked). This is a task set by the exam board and will be completed within a set time frame.

You will study either composition or solo performance depending on your specific strength.

BTEC Music has been very interesting as we have learned so much about the music industry including issues affecting the industry, and music from around the world. It has boosted my confidence a lot as I have now performed different styles of music I would never have normally tried, taking me out of my comfort zone.

Kelsey Parkin
The Elizabethan Academy

What are the entry requirements?

Please refer to our Course Specific Entry Requirements table here