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Music/Music Technology — Level 2 Subsidiary Diploma

Course information

The Level 2 Diploma in Music is an exciting opportunity to study music with some of the most experienced musicians in Liverpool. This course lays the foundations for your future career in the music industry. As part of a Roland Music Academy, you will develop a wide range of industry-related skills, taught by highly qualified and experienced musicians, who continue to work in the profession. Based around specialised projects with opportunities to record and perform. Assessments include live gigs in the cities local venues.
What will I learn?
• Musicianship: This is about developing your technical and theoretical knowledge to enable you to become a better musician. You will work in bands on your instrumental skills. You will also develop your technical ability as a solo performer. You will learn how music theory is applied to both practical and creative projects. As part of the course, you will learn to use conventional notation as this is a necessity in today’s industry.
• Repertoire: You will work on developing a portfolio of music which will include cover songs, original compositions and arrangements. It is important for aspiring
musicians to cultivate an understanding of all these musical elements.
Playing a wide range of material helps you to understand how other artists create and play their music. This is a useful skill for session playing and live performance work. Arranging other artists’ songs is an interesting and instructive activity, such as creating a heavy metal version of an acoustic song or vice versa.
• Rehearsal: This is your time to prepare for the many live performances which are part of your course. You will refine your repertoire to a professional standard. Your rehearsal room will be fully equipped with PA, microphones, Roland amplifiers and drum kits. Effective rehearsals require clear planning and preparation as well as structure to ensure the best use of time. You will learn how to organise constructive and progressive rehearsals with clear targets. Working with your peers, you will select songs for performance and hone your skills in preparation for a future career in live performance.
• How the Music Industry Works: This unit aims to develop your understanding of the structure of the UK recording industry through a focus of specific sub-genres. You will broaden your horizons with regards to possible job roles, with the opportunity of achieving a Roland Diploma from an accredited centre. You will explore various career paths within the music industry including recording, publishing, live performance and management.
• Working with a Digital Audio Workstation & Composition: This is your opportunity to use the latest technology to create your own music in an Apple accredited training centre. You will use an array software including Logic Pro, Cubase, Garage Band and Sibelius. This is a creative composition module which will help you bring your own musical ideas to life. You will learn how to write for different instruments, exploring ranges and techniques. This module will allow you to experiment with current industry-standard tools, to hone your composition, production and engineering skills.


Rockschool Level 2 Diploma in Music/Music Technology.

This course leads to...

Students successfully completing this course may progress onto BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Technology if they have a minimum of 85% attendance and gain a distinction.

They may also be able to progress to other related level three programmes.

Entry Requirements

This course is designed for students aged 16 or above.
Your English and Maths will need to be at a minimum of level 1 which is GCSE D-E (4-1) standard. You must have at least 1 GCSE at a minimum of grade D (3) or equivalent.

You will also need an interest in music technology or relevant work experience. If you are 19+ your English and Maths will be assessed and needs to be at level 1

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Further Information...

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Course ID: 163419

Course Year: 21/22

Course Duration: 1 Year


If you are 16-18 years old at the start of your course, studying at The City of Liverpool College is free.

Aged 19 or over and unemployed or earning less than £18,135 a year? You may also qualify to join this course for free. To find out more, contact our admissions team on 0151 252 3000 or at

Fee for21/22 is 2212.00
In future years this fee may be subject to change.

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