FdA Music Performance - Full Time

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Length 2 Years
Site West Durrington Campus Map
Attendance Full time
Course Code FHFMP1

About this Course

(This course is validated by the University of Brighton and delivered by Northbrook College)


UCAS code: W313


Fees and Finance


Our course equips you with the skills, knowledge and understanding to forge a career as a professional musician. You will be taught by professional musicians on a course which begins with standard repertoire and skills, progressing into development of your own personal style. The course structure allows you to shape the course to your needs.


Regular performances both in the College and at external gigs form the backbone of your course along with study into understanding the music business and developing yourself as a performer. You will be given the framework to complete a significant recorded music portfolio by the end of the course.


Students have the opportunity to collaborate with other departments on a range of different projects such as providing the music for Theatre performances. Students can also work on local and national/international festivals, recording sessions and with professional touring bands, as well as providing private tuition.


Students also attend a series of lectures from prominent music industry figures, including record labels, publishers, artist managers, music lawyers and performing artists.


Student Successes


 

Course Content

Performance:

  • Instrument/Vocal tuition - study your chosen instrument with specialist teachers
  • Performance - perform repertoire in a range of genres and develop a personal style
  • Event Management - organise and play gigs in various venues
Recording:
  • Learn what you need to know about studios
  • Record your own tracks
General Musicianship:
  • Arranging and Scoring - use industry standard scoring software
  • Keyboard Skills - piano as a second instrument
  • Aural and Transcribing - develop your ears
  • Music Industry/Professional Practice - study the nuts and bolts of the music industry and your place in it
  • Vocational Project - set yourself up in the real world
  • Songwriting - develop your creative skills, available in both years
  • Music Teaching - a practical source of income for many professionals - PGCE ready


Study hours are split between approximately one third scheduled learning (eg lectures, tutorials, practical classes and workshops) and two thirds guided independent study.


Programme Specification

Progression/Career Path

This course builds an in-depth understanding of music performance, preparing you for application to our BA (Hons) Music Performance top-up Degree and a career in the music industry. Former students have gone on to play professionally in a variety of musical contexts, form bands, manage entertainment agencies and become music teachers.

Entry Requirements

Individual offers may vary.


Interview and audition


plus


Minimum UCAS points:
- Old system: 160
- New 2017 system: 64
from one of the following:


  • BTEC/UAL Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in an appropriate subject
  • A Levels - with at least 56 points (or 140 in old system) from A2 Levels (including a relevant subject)
  • An equivalent overseas qualification together with a proven ability in spoken and written English (IELTS 6 overall - an overall score of 6.0 is required, with a minimum score of 6.0 or above for the writing element and 5.5 for all other sub skills)


Alternative qualifications and industrial experience would be considered and discussed at interview.


Interview and audition


You will be asked to perform a piece to an appropriate standard on your chosen instrument/voice as well as being given a short theory/aural/sight reading test and you will be asked to show evidence of academic written work.


It is strongly advised that all Higher Education applicants will have successfully achieved an A*- C grade in both GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent qualification), to enable them to successfully complete their studies at Northbrook College and enhance their future career prospects.

What Past Students Say

“I have really enjoyed the Foundation Degree, we have covered a wide range of subjects which will help us in the music industry.” Abi Flynn, (Second Year)

Assessment/Exams

There are no written exams and you will be assessed through a combination of coursework and practical work (for more details, see the Programme Specification).

Applications

Applications are to be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) quoting institution code: N41 and Institution code name: NBRK

Click here to open UCAS site

Click here for more information about how to apply.

Further Details

Data from Unistats, the UK's national higher education data comparison website:

Course Content

Performance:

  • Instrument/Vocal tuition - study your chosen instrument with specialist teachers
  • Performance - perform repertoire in a range of genres and develop a personal style
  • Event Management - organise and play gigs in various venues
Recording:
  • Learn what you need to know about studios
  • Record your own tracks
General Musicianship:
  • Arranging and Scoring - use industry standard scoring software
  • Keyboard Skills - piano as a second instrument
  • Aural and Transcribing - develop your ears
  • Music Industry/Professional Practice - study the nuts and bolts of the music industry and your place in it
  • Vocational Project - set yourself up in the real world
  • Songwriting - develop your creative skills, available in both years
  • Music Teaching - a practical source of income for many professionals - PGCE ready


Study hours are split between approximately one third scheduled learning (eg lectures, tutorials, practical classes and workshops) and two thirds guided independent study.


Programme Specification

Progression/Career Path

This course builds an in-depth understanding of music performance, preparing you for application to our BA (Hons) Music Performance top-up Degree and a career in the music industry. Former students have gone on to play professionally in a variety of musical contexts, form bands, manage entertainment agencies and become music teachers.

Entry Requirements

Individual offers may vary.


Interview and audition


plus


Minimum UCAS points:
- Old system: 160
- New 2017 system: 64
from one of the following:


  • BTEC/UAL Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in an appropriate subject
  • A Levels - with at least 56 points (or 140 in old system) from A2 Levels (including a relevant subject)
  • An equivalent overseas qualification together with a proven ability in spoken and written English (IELTS 6 overall - an overall score of 6.0 is required, with a minimum score of 6.0 or above for the writing element and 5.5 for all other sub skills)


Alternative qualifications and industrial experience would be considered and discussed at interview.


Interview and audition


You will be asked to perform a piece to an appropriate standard on your chosen instrument/voice as well as being given a short theory/aural/sight reading test and you will be asked to show evidence of academic written work.


It is strongly advised that all Higher Education applicants will have successfully achieved an A*- C grade in both GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent qualification), to enable them to successfully complete their studies at Northbrook College and enhance their future career prospects.

What Past Students Say

“I have really enjoyed the Foundation Degree, we have covered a wide range of subjects which will help us in the music industry.” Abi Flynn, (Second Year)

Assessment/Exams

There are no written exams and you will be assessed through a combination of coursework and practical work (for more details, see the Programme Specification).

Applications

Applications are to be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) quoting institution code: N41 and Institution code name: NBRK

Click here to open UCAS site

Click here for more information about how to apply.

Further Details

Data from Unistats, the UK's national higher education data comparison website: