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Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Music Practice Link to examining body:  http://Click here

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An introduction to the course

The BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Music Practice allows you to learn about the various music products, develop valuable skills and techniques in music creation, performance and production and explore potential careers in the industry.

What the course involves

As the BTEC Tech Award in Music Practice is a practical introduction to life and work in the industry, you will explore how to develop skills, including teamwork, leadership and communication through performance, composition and technical assignments. This is developed throughout the first two internally assessed components. You will then develop and present music to a brief in the third component through performance or using music technology.

How the course is assessed

The course has two internally assessed components, and one that is externally assessed: these components build on each other to develop musical practice and growth in confidence:

  • Component 1: ‘Exploring Music Styles’ (30% Internal). During Component 1 you will explore different styles and genres of music from game music to gamelan, pop, film and jazz. You will take part in practical workshops to understand stylistic features and characteristics. You will learn about the different products the music industry has and develop techniques in realising these.
  • Component 2: ’Music Skills Development’ (30% Internal). This component is about developing Music Skills, knowledge and techniques and applying them to a product. You will reflect on your progress, and on areas for improvement. You will choose a job role and explore the skills needed to fulfil it and apply skills and techniques in a music performance, creation or production.
  • Component 3: ‘Responding to a commercial brief’ (40% External). You will choose an area of the industry that excites you (composer, performer, or producer). You will explore the brief and come up with possible responses and ideas and then use relevant resources, skills and techniques to develop and refine musical material. Finally, you will present your response in a solo, group or as a production and then review and reflect your approach to the brief and the final outcome.

Career Opportunities

With a BTEC Tech Award in Music Practice, you can explore, challenge and realise your potential. During the course, you can see whether the music industry is one you want to be in, and gain the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in your next steps. Potential careers include: Artist, session musician, composer, DJ, sound engineer, recording engineer, mixing engineer, teacher, sound designer, music supervisor.

Post-16 opportunities

After completing the course, you can continue further vocational and academic study at level 2 and level 3 within the music, music technology, technical theatre subjects, as well as apprenticeships and traineeships. What’s more, the transferable skills you master during your studies such as self-reflection, communication, teamwork and problem solving will also support your academic progress.

Required resources/equipment for the course

Ideally you need to have access to your chosen instrument at home and take part in an extra-curricular music activity. You need to bring enthusiasm for music and be interested in composing, performing and using technology, as this is an important aspect of the course. Prior music experience is not essential, however can provide firm grounding in the subject. Unless you wish to do so you will not be required to perform a solo as part of this course.

For further information contact:

Mr Matthews (Head of Performing Arts/Music), or Miss Tutty (Teacher of Music)