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Why study this subject?

  • Because you enjoy music as a subject at KS3 and enjoy the challenge of learning an instrument.
  • Because music helps you develop your social skills, creativity, concentration, self-discipline and confidence
  • Because music has links to a wide range of subjects. The music industry is worth around £5.5 billion to the UK economy. There are hundreds of interesting jobs within the music industry.

Aims of the course

  • To develop your interest in music and your practical skills.
  • To develop knowledge and understanding by applying your learning and skills in a nwork-related context
  • To allow you to take resonsibility for your own learning and to develop skills essential for the modern-day workplace. These skills include: team working, working from a prescribed brief, working to deadlines, presenting information effectively, and accurately completing administrative tasks and processes

What can this course lead to?

  • This course could set you on a path to becoming a music journalist, a talent scout, a sound or lighting technician, a promoter, a music therapist, an entertainment lawyer, road crew, an instrument maker, social media and digital music manager, TV or radio broadcaster OR EVEN A PERFORMER OR SONGWRITER.
  • Further vocational and academic qualifications:   BTEC Nationals Level 3 in Music and Music Technology. It may also be the first step towards a course in Performing Arts, Musical Theatre, Music Technology, Events Management or other courses related to the creative industries.

Expectations of subject

  • You will be assessed through project work. For Units 1 and 2 you will undertake projects (not exams) in response to briefs. The project for each unit will take 10 hours and be worth 30% of your qualification. For each one you will be given a scenario and will need to undertake a number of tasks. In unit 3 you will undertake another project (no exam) in response to a brief, which will take 20 hours and be worth 40% of your qualification. You will be given a scenario and will need to undertake a number of tasks.
  • Music is a performing art and there is, therefore, an expectation that students are committed to developing instrumental and/or vocal skills (through independent learning or with the support of an instrumental teacher) with a view to performing.
  • Students taking this course should have the ability to sing or play to a reasonable standard.
  • Homework will take the form of on-going development of instrumental skills: participation in some extracurricular activities and musical events; some written assignments.
  • It is useful, but not essential, for students to have their own instrument to practise on at home. The music department is well-equipped with keyboards, drums, ukuleles and guitars so students have plenty of opportunity to practise at lunch and after school by arrangement.

Support and provisions

  • ‘How to play…..’ YouTube videos and numerous other online resources.
  • Independent visits to local music venues and larger scale concerts.
  • Instrumental lessons are available at school through the East Sussex Music Service.
  • Extra-curricular music groups.

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