What is special about this course?
If you are interested in Music and have a passion for working in what is a challenging yet exhilarating industry, this course will set you on the right path.
You will work together in small groups to prepare performances, record your own music and play gigs while working on theory and contextual study in class. Students need to be driven and enthusiastic to achieve the highest results.
Most of NC Music is not specific to a particular genre. Performance is offered in many instruments of the Scottish tradition. We also offer tuition in typical rock/pop instruments, including guitar, bass, drums and keyboards. We may also be able to offer tuition in other instruments and styles – please get in touch for details.
Core Skills are an integral part of the course and you will study ICT, Numeracy and Communication. These will be closely tied in with the other units you are studying and will enable you to move on with confidence to your next educational step or place of employment.
You should have at least 3 Standard Grades including Music at SCQF level 4 or National 4 or equivalent practical experience. If you don’t meet our entry requirements, your previous experience may still qualify you for this course. Mature students will be considered on merit. All candidates will attend an interview.
- MIDI Sequencing: create your own compositions/arrangements using a specially set up computer workstation
- Sound Engineering and Production: use of Pro Tools software to record, edit and mix tracks
- Music Literacy: read and write music, understand harmonies, bass lines and chord progressions
- Aural Skills: recognise intervals, chords and rhythm
- An Introduction to the UK Music Industry
- Appreciation of Music
- Live performance: work together in groups with the opportunity to perform in front of audiences in a range of events throughout the year
- Solo performance: you will have one to one lessons on your chosen instrument to develop your skills and ability. You may also have the opportunity to perform as a soloist at select events
- Core Skills Numeracy, ICT and Communication
- You will also undertake a creative project.
How will I study my course?
- Full Time
Practical, written and project work.
How long will my course last?
This full time course is available in Fort William, students will attend college 3 days a week for 34 weeks.
How will I be assessed?
Throughout the year.
Where can I study my course?
- Fort William
Some of our courses require students to have essential equipment/clothing.
If you are 18 and over and are eligible for a bursary, these costs will be met through your bursary. If you are not eligible for a bursary, you will need to fund these items yourself.
If you are under 18, you are entitled to have essential equipment paid for whether you are entitled to EMA or not. However you must apply for EMA even if you know that you’re not entitled to EMA.
If in any doubt or if you want detailed information, please call student services on 01397 874321.
Students may also qualify for bursary funding.
Is there more information available online?
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