Music

Music is all around us. It has the power to transform young people’s lives, to build confidence, self- esteem and enjoyment. From picking up an instrument at school, to learning how to mix music on a computer; from jamming with friends in a homemade band to performing in an orchestra; the opportunities to make music from the conventional to the unconventional can open up a world of expression and creativity and can lead to a huge variety of different employment opportunities.

BTEC Music helps you to understand how the music industry works. It covers the business side, promotion, performing, composing, production, sound engineering, studio recording and live sound. There are many opportunities to use music technology including sequencing, sampling, recording, mixing, editing and engineering.

You will learn about all aspects of the creation of a music product, from selling tickets to a live concert, understanding the health and safety aspects, to producing a CD/playlist and marketing it.

BTEC music is viewed as a more practical course than GCSE music, but it still involves written work. Neither should be seen as an easy option.

Units

The course has core and optional specialist units. Learners must complete the two core units, and a choice of optional specialist units.

The BTEC First Award in music has units that are assessed in school (internally) and a unit that Edexcel sets and marks (externally).

Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Music Core units

  1. The Music Industry (External exam – 60 minutes)
  2. Managing a Music Product (Internal)
  3. Introducing Live Sound
  4. Introducing Music Composition
  5. Introducing Music Performance
  6. Introducing Music Recording
  7. Introducing Music Sequencing

Career and Learning Progression

(What will I be able to do after this course?)

BTEC Music is a good preparation for further musical study and a solid foundation for the A Level in Music Technology as well as BTEC National Diplomas (in Music, Popular Music and Music Technology) and other qualifications in Performing Arts. You may wish to take a BTEC in Music for its own sake, perhaps to form the basis of a future interest. Alternatively, you may wish to go into a job where it is useful to have had experience of music or where you will need to use some of the skills developed during this course. These might include careers in the music industry, producing, sound engineering, publishing, entertainment, journalism, media, advertising, teaching, community music or any job which involves communication and expressive skills.

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