RSL Level 3 Extended Diploma for Music Practitioners

Level 3 Diploma in Songwriting

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These courses are designed to develop aspiring songwriters by focusing on songwriting techniques, music production, improving performance skills, understanding musical styles and arrangements, ear training, music business and getting yourself noticed by connecting with the music industry, ultimately building your confidence towards that of a professional creative in the music industry.

You will have the opportunity to learn in a creative and innovative environment where you will develop strong connections with other songwriters, aspiring musicians and entrepreneurs. You’ll also be guided by industry professionals that teach to the highest standards and a guest programme of prominent music industry professionals to help steer you towards a life in music.

Successful completion of the course will gain you a nationally recognised RSL Level 3 qualification, providing you with a firm stepping stone into Higher Education. The course is designed to develop both the academic and creative qualities found in all music professionals, exposing you to many opportunities to build upon your existing knowledge and skills and shaping you into a high-level performer that controls their own career path.

UK and EU students aged 18 and under are eligible for funding (subject to academic requirements and previous study).

To make your way as a songwriter, connect with us, and we’ll connect you to a life in music.

Course Specification

Mode of attendance: Full-time

Length of course: 2 years

Awarding institution: RSL

Campus delivery: Brighton, Bristol, Manchester and Birmingham

Language of study: English

Final award and exit awards: Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma for Music Practitioners (Exit Award). Level 3 Diploma for Music Practitioners (Final Award). Level 3 Extended Diploma for Music Practitioners (Final Award).

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 Keys at BIMM Institute.

Course Fees

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

Year 1 Subsidiary Diploma

Module names and structure may be subject to change.

Extended Studies is a dynamic and conversational space for general course management. In this session, you will discuss up and coming performances, recording sessions, assessment, masterclasses, important course notices, as well as analysing music and your progress utilising reflective practice.

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.

LPW is where you get to put your hard work in Pre-Production into practice. You’ll meet up with other musicians from the diploma courses and perform together in front of an audience of our expert lecturers 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 Performance Preparation, you will study professional rehearsal and performance techniques in a practical environment. You will look at a wide range of factors that make for a successful rehearsal journey and dynamic performance, such as band forming, rehearsal techniques, promotion, marketing, tour management, stagecraft and many more.

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.

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.

Ear training is not just about honing your aural perception skills, 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.

In order to achieve both creative and professional goals, today’s modern musician needs a holistic understanding of the world of music. In Music Industry Career Development, you will look at an overview of today’s musical landscape, mapping revenue flow and plotting a bespoke path for you, relevant to your own goals and targets.

Year 2 Extended Diploma

Module names and structure may be subject to change.

Extended Studies is a dynamic and conversational space for general course management. In this session, you will discuss up and coming performances, recording sessions, assessment, masterclasses, important course notices, as well as analysing music and your progress utilising reflective practice.

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.

LPW is where you get to put your hard work in Pre-Production into practice. You’ll meet up with other musicians from the diploma courses and perform together in front of an audience of our expert lecturers 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.

You’ll build on the skills you gained in Performance Preparation last year and apply these to a studio recording session. Band, song choice, instruments and recording techniques will all come into play as you learn what it’s like to record in a studio environment.

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

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.

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.

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 also begin working on your own business plan that will help you to forge a path into the music industry.

Music in Context is where you’ll learn about the interaction between music and society. In it, 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.

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 0844 2 646 666 or email [email protected].

 

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