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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 has links to a wide range of subjects. There are hundreds of interesting jobs within the music industry.

Aims of the course

  • To develop your interest in music and your practical skills.
  • You will develop a range of skills which are attractive to employers, colleges and universities including: communication; confidence; learning independently; organisation; problem solving; research; self-discipline; taking on responsibility; time management.

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:   The achievement of the level 1/2 in Performing Arts (music) has the equivalence of a GCSE graded 1-8.  If you achieve a level 2 pass it is possible for you to move on to a higher level qualification such as a Level 3 BTEC. 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

  • 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.
  • There are three units of work:
  1. Performing (30%) - You will learn the skills and techniques needed to produce a successful performance of an existing work
  2. Creating (30%) - You will learn how to create and refine your own original work
  3. Performing Arts in Practice (40%) - You will learn about areas of the performing arts industry that need to be considered when responding to a commission, and will consider these when coming up with and pitching your own idea.
  • 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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