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WELCOME TO THE PERFORMING ARTS DEPARTMENT

We have high expectations of all of our Performing Arts students and aim to challenge you to achieve outstanding results. Excellent facilities and a team of highly dedicated and committed teachers will ensure that you are provided with every chance of succeeding during your time at College. At QMC professional equipment and facilities have been carefully chosen to enhance your learning and help you acquire the skills you will need to work in the performing arts and music industries.

The world needs creativity. As well as preparing you for a career in performing arts, we also help prepare you for a range of alternative courses and professions. By studying our courses, you can gain transferable and employability skills that are valued by a whole range of employers and universities. You can go on to study and have successful careers in a wide range of job roles from law to paramedicine.

This course is aimed at anyone interested in gaining a greater understanding of music. It is open to anyone who has a keen interest in studying European Art music as well as popular and contemporary music including Musical Theatre and who wishes to broaden their experience and deepen their understanding of both live and recorded music.

 

Here at QMC, we are delighted to have become a Music Mark School Member in recognition of the excellent courses, facilities, teaching and opportunities for Music students. The Music teaching staff at QMC are all active musicians, composers, engineers, producers and examiners in their own right, and are able to relay their industry experience to their students.

Our students go on to study music at universities, music schools and conservatoires. Further to this, past students have gone on to become professional musicians, with artist endorsements from some of the world’s leading brands. “Thank you for all the hard work you do to ensure that students are able to access and engage with high-quality music education.” – Bridget Whyte, Chief Executive, Music Mark

 

 

 

 

 

Our Performing Arts mission is to develop Creativity and Academic Excellence for your future:

  • Strive for excellence and innovation
  • Be authentic
  • Be exciting, inspiring and engaging
  • Ensure a positive and inclusive experience
  • Enable personal progression

Music
Cultivating artistry, mastering technique, stretching musical imaginations.

Excellent facilities and a team of highly dedicated and committed teachers will ensure that you are provided with every chance of succeeding during your time at College. At QMC we are fully equipped with professional equipment and facilities which have been carefully chosen to enhance your learning and help you acquire the skills you will need to work in the performing arts and music industry.

A Level Music

Course Summary

This course is aimed at anyone interested in gaining a greater understanding of music. It is open to anyone who has a keen interest in studying European Art music as well as popular and contemporary music including Musical Theatre and who wishes to broaden their experience and deepen their understanding of both live and recorded music.

If you enjoy performing, listening to music, composing or arranging, this course is ideally suited to you. You will develop performing, composing and listening analytical skills in equal measure. You will be listening to and studying a wide variety of music. You will develop an informed appreciation of how such music works, how and why it was written and/or performed.

We live in an age of cultural diversity and, accordingly, the A Level Music course offers the opportunity to study a wide range of musical languages, seen within their cultural and historical contexts. The course, taught by staff specialising in composition and performance provides outstanding opportunities for extra-curricular activities and extended projects, ranging from pit band for musical theatre productions, to chamber, brass and vocal ensembles, to music theory, to workshops and seminars on a variety of topics. You will be involved in many different activities including group work, individual study, tutorials, discussions, listening and performance projects.

Specific Entry Requirements

You will need enthusiasm for the subject, be able to sing or play a musical instrument to Grade 4 standard, know music theory to Grade 4 standard or have studied GCSE Music.

Progression Skills and Opportunities

You will gain knowledge and understanding of music as a practical, intellectual and creative subject. The course aims to encourage you to;

  • Extend the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to communicate through music and take part in music making
  • Engage in, and extend your appreciation of the diverse and dynamic heritage of music, promoting spiritual and cultural development
  • Develop your particular strengths and interests, encouraging lifelong learning and providing access to music-related careers through a worthwhile, satisfying and complete course of study
  • Develop your imagination, foster creativity and promote your personal and social development
  • Recognise the interdependence of musical skills, knowledge and understanding and the links between the activities of performing/realising, composing and appraising

Students completing the course successfully will have a thorough understanding of Music, highly honed analytical and creative skills and an ability to communicate effectively with others. This qualification is good preparation for going on to study Music at Universities, Selecting Universities, Music College or Conservatoires. Music combines well and contrasts with Mathematics and Science, Modern Foreign Languages, Media Studies and other Arts subjects. Music is accepted as an academic subject for entrance to Higher Education. Universities and other centres of Higher Education welcome it as an entrance qualification for a wide range of courses. In addition, during the course you will develop communication and teamwork abilities, which are highly valued by employers. Students continue their studies further at Music Colleges, Universities, Colleges of Higher Education or Conservatoires. Others simply enjoy making music for pleasure.

How is the course assessed?

A level music is 100% externally assessed. You can opt to specialise in Performing or Composing.

  • Component 1: Performing – as soloist or in ensemble – non examined, externally assessed – 35% or 25%
  • Component 2: Composing – composing to set briefs – non examined, externally assessed – 35% or 25% Components 1 and 2 together total weight must add up to 60% of the final mark
  • Component 3: Appraising – studying and analysing music – exam paper – 40% of the final mark

The first year provides a foundation in the subject and is made up of three units addressing the components of Performing, Composing and Appraising. The second year extends these foundation studies addressing the same components but at a higher level of knowledge and competence.

What topics will I be studying?

  • Area of study A: The Western Classical Tradition (The Development of the Symphony 1750-1900)
  • Area of study C: Musical Theatre
  • Area of study E: Into the Twentieth Century

Music Vocational Single

Course Summary

The BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Music is a practical and academic musical course that requires a two year commitment from students. It is the equivalent of 1 ½ A Levels. It is a very intensive course for practical musicians. You should be skilled in playing at least one instrument and you need to have a very keen interest in popular music.

Specific Entry Requirements

The ability to play a musical instrument and/or sing is a requirement of the course. Candidates do not need to have studied GCSE music for this course.

Progression Skills and Opportunities

The BTEC Foundation Diploma in Music has the equivalence of 1 ½ A Levels, and it is possible for you to progress further into Higher Education. Universities, Music Colleges and other centres of Higher Education welcome it as an entrance qualification for a wide range of courses. In addition, it is likely that you will have acquired transferable skills such as teamwork, collaboration, planning, time management, communication, self-motivation, decision making, self¬-awareness and interpersonal skills, which are highly valued by employers.

You will study a broad range of music performance skills and techniques that explore a range of genres and practitioners, gaining valuable skills such as:

  • creative development: development of music skills

  • management: planning and overseeing projects

  • analytical skills: self-analysis and reflection

  • teamwork: appreciation of the music industry and your future role in it

  • presentation: the ability to present yourself and your achievements effectively.

Students will develop some of the skills required by a contemporary musician. They will be encouraged to perform as much as possible, and will develop the skills required to study music at undergraduate level.

How is the course assessed?

The overall qualification grading for the Pearson BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Music is P to D*. This is in line with the rest of the BTEC National suite. There are opportunities during the teaching and learning phase to give learners practice in developing:

Employability skills:

  • cognitive and problem-solving skills: using critical thinking, approaching non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, using systems and technology

  • interpersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation

  • intrapersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development.

Transferable skills that universities value include:

  • the ability to learn independently

  • the ability to research actively and methodically

  • being able to give presentations and being active group members.

Over the period of the course, you will be given assignments to do by your teachers. These assignments are one way in which you can provide evidence that you have studied and understood a topic. At the end of the course you will be given a grade for your work. For BTEC courses, the highest grade is Distinction*, the next highest is Distinction, followed by a Merit, then a Pass or Not Yet Achieved. Your lowest grade for a unit will be your final grade for that particular unit. If for example you were awarded a Pass and three Distinctions for a unit, your final grade will be Pass.

Whilst you will get a chance to practice the skills and knowledge needed to successfully complete a unit, you will only be able to be formally assessed on the Assessment Criteria in a unit ONCE. When you have started a formal assignment for a unit, your teacher will not be able to give you any specific Assessment Criteria guidance: they will only be able to provide general guidance.

What topics will I be studying?

You will complete 4 units of work over the two years, including:

  • Performing as a Musical Ensemble

  • Creating Music material

  • Using Musical Styles

  • Planning a career in the industry

Will I need specialist materials or equipment?

A musical instrument, manuscript paper, leads, plectrums, drums sticks and a tuner. Drum kits, pianos, keyboards amps and microphones are available at the college. However, we recommend that singers provide their own microphone if possible.

Music Vocational Extended

Course Summary

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music is a practical and academic musical course that requires a two year commitment from students. It is the equivalent of 3 A Levels. It is a very intensive course for practical musicians. You should be skilled in playing at least one instrument and you need to have a very keen interest in popular music.

Specific Entry Requirements

The ability to play a musical instrument and/or sing is a requirement of the course. Candidates do not need to have studied GCSE music for this course.

Progression Skills and Opportunities

The BTEC Extended Diploma in Music has the equivalence of 3 A Levels, and it is possible for you to progress further into Higher Education. Universities, Music Colleges and other centres of Higher Education welcome it as an entrance qualification for a wide range of courses. In addition, it is likely that you will have acquired transferable skills such as teamwork, collaboration, planning, time management, communication, self-motivation, decision making, self-awareness and interpersonal skills, which are highly valued by employers. You will study a broad range of music performance skills and techniques that explore a range of genres and practitioners, gaining valuable skills such as:

  • creative development: development of music skills

  • management: planning and overseeing projects

  • analytical skills: self-analysis and reflection

  • teamwork: appreciation of the music industry and your future role in it

  • presentation: the ability to present yourself and your achievements effectively.

Students will develop some of the skills required by a contemporary musician. They will be encouraged to perform as much as possible, and will develop the skills required to study music at undergraduate level.

How is the course assessed?

The overall qualification grading for the Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music is PPP to D*D*D*. This is in line with the rest of the BTEC National suite. There are opportunities during the teaching and learning phase to give learners practice in developing:

Employability skills:

  • cognitive and problem-solving skills: using critical thinking, approaching non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, using systems and technology

  •  interpersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation

  • intrapersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development.

Transferable skills that universities value include:

  • the ability to learn independently

  • the ability to research actively and methodically

  • being able to give presentations and being active group members.

Over the period of the course, you will be given assignments to do by your teachers. These assignments are one way in which you can provide evidence that you have studied and understood a topic. At the end of the course you will be given a grade for your work. For BTEC courses, the highest grade is Distinction*, the next highest is Distinction, followed by a Merit, then a Pass or Not Yet Achieved. Your lowest grade for a unit will be your final grade for that particular unit. If for example you were awarded a Pass and three Distinctions for a unit, your final grade will be Pass.

Whilst you will get a chance to practice the skills and knowledge needed to successfully complete a unit, you will only be able to be formally assessed on the Assessment Criteria in a unit ONCE. When you have started a formal assignment for a unit, your teacher will not be able to give you any specific Assessment Criteria guidance: they will only be able to provide general guidance.

What topics will I be studying?

You will complete 10 units of work over the two years, including:

  • Music Skills Dev elopement (3 units)

  • Music Industry (1 unit)

  • Personal Music Profile (3 units)

  • Collaborative Music Project (3 units)

Will I need specialist materials or equipment?

A musical instrument, manuscript paper, leads, plectrums, drums sticks and a tuner. Drum kits, pianos, keyboards amps and microphones are available at the college. However, we recommend that singers provide their own microphone if possible.

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What do we do in Appraising?

We study the Western Classical Tradition, looking at the development of the Symphony and focusing particularly on Haydn’s Symphony 104. We also study Musical Theatre, working out what we can hear and why the composer has written it that way. In the second year we start Into The Twentieth Century, looking at pieces bu Debussy and Poulenc and how they fit into the changing sounds of the time.

When do I get to play music?

Individually you will have your instrumental or singing lesson once a week. Our practice rooms are open all day every day for your use, just don’t eat in them please! We have three concerts a year, Autumn, Spring and the Performing Arts Christmas Concert which features singing, dancing and acting (and Christmas Carols). You might perform solos or ensemble pieces in these. You’ll definitely be singing or playing in the carols! We also run the Pit Band for our big musical in January. This is performed by our full time Performing Arts classes but they need a live band….and no I can’t tell you what it is yet! We also have a number of other ensembles in the Music Department, depending on what instruments people play. In recent years these have included Barber Shop, String Quartet, Recorder Ensemble, Woodwind Ensemble and Brass Ensemble.

Do we do any good trips?

Usually yes, however COVID-19 has had an impact. Typically we would go to concerts, a musical and for those who would like there is a Performing Arts Trip to New York most summers.

Do I need to want a career in Music?

No! Obviously it’s an option, but we also have students go on to study quantum physics, law and nursing! Universities and employers really like A Level Music, it shows you are a creative thinker, a team player, a listener, a problem solver, self disciplined…what’s not to like?!

I’m a bit worried about….

Email Ali! alison.willis@qmc.ac.uk

The arts create independent learners and develop students emotional intelligence. They require the students to set their own agenda from within themselves, rather than follow set topics as in other subjects. They have to make independent decisions all the way, and be self-critical. They also need to be brave in exposing their creations, and accept criticism. Working in teams makes students into effective communicators.

Any Questions?

The Head of Department, Steve Gallagher will be happy to help.

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Teacher Ali Willis
Cultivating artistry, mastering technique, stretching musical imaginations.

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