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Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Performance and Production
Studying Music at BSIX

The Extended Diploma in Music technology is a Level 3 course that provides a broad introduction to all aspects of the Music industry. You will be gaining valuable practical skills, getting relevant qualifications and preparing yourself for working or progressing on to university. There are a variety of progression routes you can expect to take on completion of this course ranging from: Live Sound Engineering, Live backline management, Studio engineering and mastering, Music production and composition, Performance, Music marketing and Music Industry Management.

On this course you will gain valuable experience of the music industry working on a wide variety of self-contained projects spanning computer sequencing, live performance, audio engineering and concert promotion. You will be taught through a combination of practical workshops, individual research and written work, creative composition and song writing, group projects and presentations and tutor observations of your practical skills. Your tutors bring a broad range of Music Industry experience to the classroom offering you specialist expertise in studio recording, sequencing and performing.

In order to enhance your experience on the course you can expect to take various music related trips to concerts and venues, hear from guest industry speakers and join up with professional musicians through our mentor scheme; Arts Emergency. As well as be expected to sequence and record music you will be offered numerous opportunities to perform in the college and in venues outside through our links with local organisations.

The Level three Edexcel BTEC Extended Diploma in Music technology is a qualification that consists of 5 mandatory units plus optional units that provide a combined total of 180 credits.

Recent Events

  • Gamelan workshop at the Southbank Centre
  • Talk to the students by Domino Records
  • Anglia Ruskin University Music Department Visit
  • Gig and backstage tour at Royal Festival Hall

Testimonials from BSix Music Alumni

Ricardo Armando Fernandes:
Right now I'm working at my secondary school as a music teaching assistant and have a publishing deal with Virgin\EMI. BSix has taught me a lot specially the teachers that I had in the Music Tech department. They made me see music at a different light and life in general too. Without them I don't think I would be where I want to be personally and professionally. They always pushed the students to do their best and succeed. If I didn't have the teachers that I had God knows what I would be doing now. Learning Music Technology at BSix is definitely an experience I will never forget.

Andrew Isaias:
BSix helped me grow not only as a musician and an academic, but also as a person. With the wide range of skills I developed in BSix, I went onto further my education at university and will hopefully pursue a career in the film /music industry. The department provided me with the facilities I needed to succeed, and the teachers were enthusiastic and were quick to provide helpful feedback on my work, helping me to ultimately achieve D*D*D*

Usmaama Mwembe:
I did my first year at another college but didn't find what I was learning engaging or helpful so I decided to move to BSix. I really enjoyed the Music Tech course, what I liked the most was that we weren't always in the class room and we had more than one teacher. At BSix you can get support in anything you want to do, politics , music , cooking, etc. just keep showing your teachers that your serious about your ambitions and they'll help any way they can. While I was at BSix, with the support from my teachers Toby, Bob and Paul I was able to professionally produce, write and record a track and even make an animated music video. The college helped me and my group perform at festivals and other shows too! Though the course was fun there was a lot of hard work and essays but with the belief from my teachers I managed to get a Triple Distinction. There's so much that I've learned at BSix that has made university lectures (at SAE) easier to understand so the transition was not too rough and even after leaving I can still contact the college for support and advice.

Very grateful for my time at BSix and to all the staff there.

If you have any questions about our courses please contact the Admissions team on 0800 3892 947 or via e-mail to info@bsix.ac.uk and we will arrange for a curriculum specialist to respond to your enquiry

Bob Chapman

Kishan Pithia - Head of Creative Industries and music technology
Kishan has been involved in music pedagogy for the past 11 years. His specialisms include improvisation, cross-art collaboration and technology. Kishan has worked in many large inner-city London colleges as well as establishing strong community links with arts organisations. Kishan comes from a family of established classical Indian musicians. In 2008, Kishan received recognition from the AoC for his Indian Fusion FE Band called ‘Nashaa’ which provided a platform for young musicians to perform Indian fusion music in prestigious venues such as the Barbican, The Royal festival Hall and the ICC Birmingham.

Tobias Silvester
Tobias Silvester - Lecturer
Tobias has been involved in composing and performing music for the past 15 years. He has worked as a session musician (guitar, bass, and vocals) with a variety of acts and labels both touring and recording. In addition he fronted his own group, writing and releasing music with an independent label. He has worked as live recording engineer and mix engineer for several short TV productions and composed music for film.

Paul Sandy
Paul Sandy - Lecturer
As busy in the studio as on the stage, Paul has recorded and performed with an array of artists spanning many genres of music including Nitin Sawhney, Shabaka Hutchings, Brotherman, Laura Cantrell, The Coal Porters, Hey Negrita, Bill Bailey and The Blue Bambinos. Paul has toured the UK, Europe and USA extensively. His playing has been variously enjoyed or ignored by Prince William and Kate Middleton, Amy Winehouse, Bob Geldof and Cherie Blair. Paul currently plays with Metamorphic, led by pianist/composer Laura Cole, whose music has been described as "utterly remarkable" – Jazz Journal.