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Music Performance (Extended) Diploma Level 3

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

This course is designed for people looking to work in the music industry as a performer. You will gain an understanding of rehearsal skills, solo music performance and group performance, music production, basic recording skills and the music business to develop your skills as a self-employed musician/​freelancer. To give you a real experience of the current UK music industry you will have the opportunity to visit venues such as Rock City, BBC Radio, Rutland Radio, local gigs and festivals such as The Willow Festival and Stamford Willows Festival.

You will also meet a variety of professionals from the music industry and visit different music trade shows such as BPM and PLAZA to inspire your artistic development.

You will study the following units:

  • Using a keyboard with a DAW
  • Live music performance
  • Session musician
  • Planning for a career and getting work in music
  • Life sound recording
  • Music rehearsal skills
  • Music improvisation
  • Radio and podcast production 


What Does The Programme Include

You will be working both alone and in small groups in our state of the art rehearsal rooms. Much of your time will be spent preparing material for performances and assessments. There is an expectation that you will carry out individual study outside of your scheduled timetable. Practical assessments take place at local music venues in order to give you real world experience of working in the industry.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grades 4/​C or above including English and maths at grades 4/​C or above.

Alternatively a Merit in a relevant Level 2 Diploma, and a GCSE grade 4/​C or a pass for FS Level 2 English. You will also be required to audition with your instrument of choice at interview.

A Merit in your first year is required to enter the second year Extended Diploma.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

There are no exams for this course. Students build a portfolio of work for each of the units and complete written assignments.

Additional Information

You will need to purchase an equipment pack at the start of the year costing £30. Units subject to change. You will also be able to participate in running the of the College radio station and record label where you can release your own music through major online retailers such as iTunes. For detailed information visit http://​www​.infin​itys​tam​ford​.ac​.uk

Potential Future Career

On successful completion of this course, you can progress to the HNC/​HND in Music at University Centre Stamford or other music degrees at university. You could also progress to careers such as a Live Sound Engineer, Music Promoter, Music Manager, or Session Musician.


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The facilities are great and have opened the doors to the music industry for our band — Among the Citizens. We have had the opportunity to take part in live gigs and have appeared on BBC Introducing.

John Gooding



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