Music

Key Stage 4: Rockschool Level 2 Certificate in Performance for Music Practitioners

Why study RockSchool? 

This is a very practical course, aimed at developing the skills required as a sound engineer or music producer.  It will prepare you for further studies in Music Technology Level 3.

What will I study? 

You will learn how to set up and record live instruments and mix tracks effectively.  You will also create your own remixes and produce your own music using sequencing programs, continually evaluating your progress along the way.

What skills will I need? 

You will have a love of music with a keen interest in how it is produced.  You will need to be self-disciplined, as you will be required to work independently.  An ability to play an instrument and read music notation is also recommended!

What happens in lessons? 

In RSL lessons you will develop your skills in Music Technology.  Lessons are very practical, as you will be learning on-the-job through a series of projects in preparation for the Live Sound Recording exam in Y11.  You will be working individually for the majority of the time, but may also work in pairs and small groups.  You will find it useful to play an instrument as you could record your own performance as part of your coursework.

Contact Mr Griffin for further information

How will I be assessed?

There are 3 units:

Unit 1 Using a keyboard with a Digital Audio Workstation How to set up a sequencing program for recording, including how to set up and record accurately with the keyboard and how to edit MIDI information. 8 credits
Unit 2 Remixing and Production Developing the skills required to create a remix, evaluating your development of ideas and the overall success of the piece. 8 credits
Unit 3 Live Sound Recording Controlled assessment – you will have 30 hours to plan a live recording of a 10-15 minute performance in Y11.  This unit is externally assessed. 8 credits

You will be assessed according to the RSL grading criteria and can achieve a Pass, Merit or Distinction

Key Stage 4: RockSchool Level 2 Certificate in Performance for Music Practitioners

Key Stage 4: Why study Rockschool?

This is a very practical course, aimed at developing the skills required as a popular musician.  It will prepare you for further musical study at Level 3.

What will I study?

You will learn how to perform effectively on your chosen instrument or voice by setting yourself targets for improvement.  You will rehearse a variety of songs in different styles chosen to develop your overall musicianship, continually evaluating your progress along the way.

What happens in lessons?

In RSL lessons you will develop your skills as a musician.  At the start of a project you will undergo a skills analysis to identify your strengths and weaknesses.  You will then set yourself SMART targets, which you will work on during rehearsals.  At the end of each session you will review your progress.  Projects can either be solo or ensemble performances.

What skills will I need?

You must be a confident performer on at least one instrument before starting the course.  You also need a love of music and to be self-disciplined, as you will be required to work independently during rehearsals.  An ability to read music notation is also recommended!

Contact Mrs Maud for further information

How will I be assessed?

There are 3 units:

Unit 1 Music Rehearsal Skills Rehearsing songs as a group, setting and reviewing targets for improvement 8 credits
Unit 2 Instrumental Study Developing technical ability, dexterity and stamina on an instrument of your choice.  This unit is taught alongside Music Rehearsal Skills 8 credits
Unit 3 Live Music Performance Controlled assessment – you will have 30 hours to rehearse for a 10-15 minute performance in Y11.  This unit is externally assessed. 8 credits

You will be assessed according to the RockSchool grading criteria and can achieve a Pass, Merit or Distinction.