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Level 2 Diploma in Music Performance and Production

Studying Music at BSIX
The BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Music is a practical, work-related course geared to Music Technology. You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on briefs that reflect the type of work that takes place not just in the Music Industry, but in entertainment, advertising and gaming too.

What will I study?
The course includes:

  • Creating, recording and promoting your own music
  • Microphones and recording
  • Mixing and processing sound
  • Sequencing in Logic
  • Sampling and synthesis technology for music and sound industries
  • Employment opportunities, roles and responsibilities in the industry

In the classroom each student has a modern Mac computer to create their own music, they can then take this through to one of our studios to record vocals and instruments. If you play an instrument like drums, piano or guitar you'll be recording that too. However, don't worry if you don't or if you are not confident at performing as it is not a compulsory part of the course. The opportunity to perform is there if you want it, but the main thing is learning how to record and produce, through learning how to use computers and a recording studio.

All students study English and Maths GCSE as part of their programme unless they have already achieved a C Grade or higher.

What is a BTEC Level 2 Diploma equivalent to?
The BTEC Diploma is equivalent to 4 GCSEs grade A*- C

Where could it lead me?
It will introduce you to the sound and music employment areas and also provides a good basis to go on to a more advanced Music Technology qualification such as the BTEC Level 3 Music Technology course. The Level 3 course is equivalent to 3 A Levels and is a springboard to work, University or further study.

You could end up working within the Creative Industries in a wide range of roles – for example:

  • Producer
  • Performer
  • Promoter
  • Sound Designer for film, Games, TV or theatre
  • Manager
  • Live Sound Engineer

How long is the course?
The course is 1 academic year long. As well as the formal lessons there is ample workshop time for you to do all the course asks for, so you won't be at a disadvantage if you haven't got fancy equipment at home.

How is the course assessed?
Assessment takes place at the end of each unit, you will be given formative feedback and then time to improve your grade.
Your results are recorded on Student Feedback Forms with detailed written notes on what you have achieved backed up with verbal feedback. You will be given constant help support and feedback from your teachers in class with frequent one-to-one contact.

Beyond the classroom
Students have the opportunity to go on trips to venues such as the Roundhouse, British Music Experience and events such as the London Olympia Music Fair. They have also taken part in shows in Gillet Square Dalston as well as the end of year concerts at BSix.

Enrichment activities with BSeven vary from year to year depending on demand and availability, but have included a Glee Club, Creative Music Ensemble, Drumming Workshops, Guitar Workshops and DJing.

Recommended reading
Passman D S – All You Need to Know About the Music Business (Penguin Books, 2001) ISBN 9780141031156
Winterson J, Nickol P and Bricheno T – Pop Music: The Text Book (Peters Edition, 2003) ISBN 9781843670070
Bartlett B and Bartlett J – Practical Recording Techniques: The Step by Step Approach to Professional Audio
Recording, Fifth Edition (Focal Press, 2008) ISBN 9780240811444
Collins M – Choosing and Using Audio and Music Software (Focal Press, 2004) ISBN 9780240519210

Alumni profiles:

Ricardo Armando Fernandes (Working in the Industry):
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.

Marita Pavila (Progressed to University)
My name is Marita, I'm 21 and I went to BSix for 3 years where I studied Music Technology. During my tenure at BSix I found that teachers were the most inspiring and supportive people I've ever met and that the music and arts department was really rich with diverse teachers. I went to BSix with aspirations and dreams to gain more knowledge in music. I came from pretty much zero to a lot more understanding of the technology and music itself.

The course, I believe had a good balance between academic and practical assignments and the teachers were very hands on and helpful with both. I began the course slightly lost with what exactly I wanted to become in music industry. Through the assignments and with the support of the teachers I finished the college knowing exactly what I wanted to be. Their right judgment and encouragement helped me and motivated me to look into an area of the industry I had not thought about.
Right now I'm at UNI, a place I thought was too expensive for me to be attending however I am here. Mostly thanks to the teachers Bob and Tobias. It's all for the future and BSix teaches you to look after it! So I am!

Murat Doganer (Progressed to University)
For me, an ideal course would be what Music Tech was like in BSIX, a real mix of practical assignments and theory based work. It's an ideal course, is a balanced course!

I think the most enjoyable part of going to uni was the independence to complete our work however we see fit, of course as long as the work was in line with assignments. I spent a lot of time working on personal projects that counted for both Uni and my personal career ambitions, which greatly improved my professional development.

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.
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