RSL Level 3 Extended Diploma in the Creative Music Industry

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Performance

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Become a high-level performer in control of your own career path with our exciting vocational course. Equivalent to three A-Levels, this course provides a brilliant grounding for understanding modern music and the fast-moving industry surrounding it – while pushing your discipline to the next level.

During this two-year course, you’ll develop both the academic and creative qualities found in all well-rounded music professionals. You’ll focus on performance skills, styles, technique, theory, aural perception and career-focused goal setting. You’ll also understand the music business as a whole, taking an in-depth look into aspects such as royalties, copyright and collection societies.

You’ll learn in a highly creative environment and form strong connections with fellow aspiring musicians, songwriters and entrepreneurs. As part of the course, you’ll also work on a Collaborative Music Project, seeing a team idea transform from concept to completion. BIMM Institute’s expert lecturers – all of whom are prominent music industry professionals with years of experience – will guide you towards your personal study goals and dream future career.

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Successful completion of the course will gain you a nationally recognised RSL level 3 qualification. This course is a fantastic stepping stone for taking your first steps to a music career or continuing your studies with one of our industry-led music degrees at BIMM Institute, such as the innovative BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance. You can also combine two passions with our joint honours degree programmes.

UK students and EU students holding settled or pre-settled status, aged 16-18, are eligible for funding (subject to meeting ESFA conditions of funding).

So, what are you waiting for? To make your way as a successful music professional, connect with us, and we’ll connect you to a life in music.

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Course Specification

Mode of attendance: Full-time

Length of course: 2 years

Awarding institution: RSL

Funding partner: New College Swindon

Campus delivery: Brighton, Bristol, Manchester and Birmingham

Language of study: English

Final award and exit awards: RSL Level 3 Extended Diploma in the Creative Music Industry (Performance Pathway)

Admissions Criteria: Five GCSEs at a minimum grade of C/4, including English Language and Maths and Grade 4-6 equivalency playing skills.

Minimum Requirements

Five GCSEs at a minimum grade of C/4, including English Language and Maths.

Overseas students where English is not their native language must meet a minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.0.

We require a minimum of 5.5 to be achieved in each band.

Progression

Graduates can progress directly to employment in the music industry or they can continue their studies with BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance in Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals or Keyboards at BIMM Institute.

Course Fees

Diplomas are free for UK students aged 18 years and under, providing funding requirements have been met.

As a BIMM Further Education Student, you may be eligible for Financial Support through our educational partnership with New College Swindon.

Year 1 Subsidiary Diploma

Module names and structure may be subject to change.

In Music Rehearsal Workshop you’ll explore and engage with the preparations required towards a great performance.

This class takes a detailed look at the factors that make up successful performances, such as band forming, rehearsal techniques, communication, building repertoire, creating a live set, promotion, marketing, tour management, stage management, budgeting and more.

Good technique is essential if you wish to push your discipline to the next level. In these lessons, you’ll develop that technical skill and introduce a logical approach to improving your voice or instrument through research and reflective practice.

Good technique is the backbone to professional musicianship. In this class, you will look at the fundamentals and rudiments of your chosen instrumental discipline. From paradiddles to modal harmony, Technical Development will push you to become the best player and performer you can possibly be.

In Pre-Production, you will work within your chosen instrumental discipline in critically analysing, and then learning the week’s chosen BIMM playlist song. You will prepare and perfect your parts in preparation for your Live Performance Workshop where you will perform the track on stage with a full band.

Each song on the BIMM LPW playlist has been specifically chosen to explore a wide range of creative, stylistic and technical factors that will give you the grounding and skills to succeed as a professional musician.

MPW will focus on the various requirements of the live performer in the digital age. In this class, you get to showcase your hard work in Pre-production through performance with other musicians. You’ll perform together in front of an audience of our expert tutors and your peers.

The live experience and up to date industry knowledge and feedback you receive here will be invaluable to your development as a live performer.

It’s important to remember that there’s much more to being successful in music than your discipline alone. In this lesson you’ll learn about the structure of the modern music industry, the various job roles available and how you can start to prepare yourself for a future within it.

Ear training and music theory is not just about honing your aural perception skills and music knowledge, but also about helping you to understand how you personally engage with sound.

This technical and contextual understanding will support your instrumental and vocal development, as well as give you an understanding of your own musical creativity, and how to successfully navigate that as an artist.

Extended Studies is a dynamic and conversational space for general course management and personal development. In this session you will discuss a range of topics including (but not limited to) up and coming performances, recording sessions, assessment, masterclasses, important course notices, as well as analysing music and your progress utilising reflective practice.

A technical and contextual understanding of a wide range of musical styles and genre is key to your success as a creative and professional instrumentalist. In Session Styles, you will analyse and learn the technical elements of a diverse and wide range of styles that span some of the world’s most influential contemporary musicians and genre.

You will then practically apply your new knowledge of these styles in both a live and recording environment.

Music in Context is where you’ll learn about the interaction between music and society. In this class, you’ll track back through history and study some of the most influential musical styles, artists and the impact they’ve had on music, technology, politics and societal change

Year 2

Module names and structure may be subject to change.

Collaboration is often central to music industry success. This class focuses on the knowledge and understanding of taking a team project from concept to completion and in doing so, enhances and develops research ability, independence, teamwork, time management awareness and project management skills.

Good technique is the backbone to professional musicianship. In this class, you will build on the technical aspects from one, and take look at advanced technical ability, improvisation, repertoire and preparing for auditions.

Technical Development will push you to become the best player and performer you can possibly be.

This class helps your awareness of your own place in the development of music and its wider social context. You will focus on the concept of perceptive listening and how you can develop and apply listening skills towards the development of your own musical output.

In this session, you’ll track back through history and study some of the most influential artists and the impacts they’ve had on music, technology, politics and civil rights.

MPW will focus on the various requirements of the live performer in the digital age. In this class, you get to showcase your hard work in Pre-production through performance with other musicians. You’ll perform together in front of an audience of our expert tutors and your peers.

The live experience and up to date industry knowledge and feedback you receive here will be invaluable to your development as a live performer.

In Pre-Production, you will work within your chosen instrumental discipline in critically analysing, and then learning the week’s chosen BIMM playlist song. You will prepare and perfect your parts in preparation for your Live Performance Workshop where you will perform the track on stage with a full band.

Each song on the BIMM LPW playlist has been specifically chosen to explore a wide range of creative, stylistic and technical factors that will give you the grounding and skills to succeed as a professional musician.

Music Theory is an essential component of musicianship. In this lesson you’ll learn the links between theoretical knowledge, aural awareness and musical ability

This year’s class builds on your existing knowledge from year one, where you’ll continue to explore the music industry and the different roles and functions within it.

You’ll take an in-depth look into royalties, copyright and collection societies. You’ll also begin working on your own business plan that will help you to forge a path into the music industry.

This lesson offers students the chance to undertake an investigation, critically analysing an area of interest within the music industry.

Whilst doing so, you’ll develop your academic skills that will help you for higher academic studies.

Extended Studies is a dynamic and conversational space for general course management and personal development.

In this session you will discuss a range of topics including (but not limited to) up and coming performances, recording sessions, assessment, masterclasses, important course notices, as well as analysing music and your progress utilising reflective practice.

Any questions?

For any questions regarding our courses or if you’d like more information on how to apply to BIMM Institute, please contact our Admissions Team on 0344 2 646 666 or email [email protected].

 

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