MusicFancy yourself as the next Elton John, Beyonce or Jay-Z? Interested in working behind the scenes in music production or events? BTEC Music Practice may be the subject for you! The music industry is a vibrant, exciting and highly competitive industry that contributed £5.2 billion to the UK economy in 2019 and generated a further £2.7 billion in export revenue. In 2016, live music alone created £3.7 billion in direct and indirect income for the UK. The music industry is constantly evolving and offers many different and exciting new work opportunities. In 2019, the music industry supported more than 190,935 full-time jobs in the UK, 139,352 of which were in the music creators’ sector.
The Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Music Practice (603/7055/5) is for learners who want to acquire sector-specific applied knowledge and technical skills through vocational contexts by studying and developing their musical skills and techniques, and by responding to a music industry brief as part of their Key Stage 4 learning. The qualification enables learners to develop their skills, such as using musical elements, music creation, performance and music production, using realistic vocational contexts, and their personal skills, such as self-development, responding to a brief, planning and time management through a practical and skills-based approach to learning and assessment.
EXAM BOARD: Pearson
HOW IS THE COURSE ASSESSED?
This two-unit course is designed to give you an in-depth understanding of how computer technology works and provides an opportunity to look at what goes on ‘behind the scenes’.
a Music Brief
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WHAT WILL YOU STUDY?
The Tech Award gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific applied knowledge and skills through realistic vocational contexts. The main focus is on four areas of equal importance, which cover the:
- development of key skills that prove learners’ aptitude in music, such as responding to a musical brief using musical skills and techniques
- processes that underpin effective ways of working in the music sector, such as the development of musical ideas, and using skills and techniques for rehearsal, creation, production and performance to respond to a music brief
- attitudes that are considered most important in the music sector, including personal management and communication
- knowledge that underpins effective use of skills, processes and attitudes in the sector, such as musical skills and styles.
Each year, the music industry produces a wide range of products such as recordings, compositions, live performances, music for film, TV and computer games. Have you ever wondered how these products are created? In this component, you will develop your understanding of different types of music products and the techniques used to create them. You will explore how musical elements, technology and other resources are used in the creation, production and performance of music. You will also practically explore the key features of different styles of music and music theory and apply your knowledge and understanding to developing your own creative work.
As a performer, producer or creator in the music industry, you need to continually develop your skills and techniques in order to be successful and secure a regular flow of gigs and commissions. In this component, you will participate in workshops and classes where you will develop technical, practical, personal and professional skills and specialise in at least two of the following areas: music performance, creating original music, music production. Throughout your development, you will review your progress and consider how to make improvements. You will learn how musicians share their work and collaborate with others, and will develop your skills as a musician in how to use blogs, YouTube™, Soundcloud™ and other platforms to share your work and skills development with others. Developing musical skills and techniques will enable you to consider your aptitude and enjoyment for music, helping you to make informed decisions about what you will study in the future. This component will help you to progress to Level 3 qualifications in music or music technology, which look at skills and techniques in more detail. Alternatively, you may want to progress to other Level 3 vocational or academic subject areas. This component will support your development of transferable skills which will support your advancement in education and employment.
This component will allow you to work to your strengths and interests and apply the skills that you have learned throughout your course in a practical way. You will focus on a particular area of the music sector that excites and appeals to you and respond to a music brief as a composer, performer or producer. You will begin by exploring the brief and investigating possible responses and ideas to meet the demands of the brief. Using relevant resources, skills and techniques you will then develop and refine musical material before presenting your final response. You will develop and present an original creation based on a piece from a given list and a style from a choice of four. You will then present this as a solo or group performance, an audio recording or a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) project. You will also consider how your skills and interests make you suitable for the specific music sector opportunity. Presenting music for a set brief is a key element of post-16 music qualifications and this component will enable you to establish solid foundations to help you progress to further Level 2 or Level 3 courses. You will also develop skills in self-management, communication and presentation, which are vital to any future course of study.
If you have any further questions, please speak to Mr Little.
You can also find more detailed information on the Pearson website.
CAREERS IN MUSIC
Music graduates have a wide range of career options available to them both inside and outside the industry, including: performer, teacher, administrator, songwriter, conductor, composer, recording engineer, manager, promoter, or music publisher. The range of roles can seem quite endless! There are also more jobs than ever in music business related areas, such as: careers in digital marketing, social media, PR, technology, label services, ticketing and merchandising. It is also common to find music graduates in consultancy, finance, banking, music therapy and legal jobs. Music complements a range of commonly required A-level subjects like Maths, Physics, English and Biology. You can choose to study Music either at University or a Conservatoire. Most universities will require you to study Music A-level or equivalent like Music and Grade VII/ VIII for more traditional courses. Some universities also require at least one essay-based subject such as History or English.
Take a look at some of the jobs we've identified below that make use of Music: