Music (Popular), Foundation Degree (FdA)

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This course specialises in popular music and its professional applications, and includes a work placement underpinned by an agreement drawn up between the student, the placement employer and the College.

Level 4 Modules: Music Theory & Keyboard Skills (20 credits) / Practical Musicianship 1 (20 credits) / Studying Popular Music 1 (20 credits) / Sequencing / Notation Software & Composition (20 credits) / Practical Musicianship 2 (20 credits) / Music in the Community & Education (20 credits)

Level 5 Modules: Advanced Harmony & Arranging (20 credits) / Advanced Practical Musicianship (20 credits) / Studying Popular Music 2 (20 credits) / Developing Professional Practice (including work placement) (20 credits) / Performance Project (20 credits) / Session Styles & Recording (20 credits)

Skills and Knowledge Developed: The course is designed to develop specialist knowledge and skills in music performance, composition and arranging to a high level so that they can be applied in the music industry and in other contexts such as education and music in the community. The course also develops the skills and knowledge involved in the academic study of popular music in its historical and cultural contexts, to provide a wider and deeper understanding of the subject and as preparation for further study (at Level 6 and above) or music teaching.

Teaching Methods: Teaching methods vary depending on the module and subject being taught, and include classroom activities, seminars, practical sessions in studios and rehearsal rooms, and workshops (which may occasionally be delivered by visiting music professionals). There is a strong vocational element to most of the teaching and learning, and some of the learning takes place in the workplace (when on placements) and many activities and assignments are designed to be as ‘real world’ as possible to reflect the requirements of the music profession.

Assessment Methods: Assessment methods vary according to the nature of each module. There will be some written work required for most modules, which could be in the form of a report or essay, or a different form of written assignment such as a presentation or musical composition or arrangement. The more practical modules may require you to keep some sort of log of your activities, and there are periodic exams in music theory and solo performance.

Please note: this course will only run when it has a sufficient number of applicants.

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