Level Five Higher National Diploma (HND) in Music

This course will provide an opportunity to develop the intellectual, creative and technical skills required to be a successful contemporary practitioner in the music industry at a high level.

Students will receive industry-specific tuition on instrumental skills, recording technology and performance, with the opportunity to become a promotional team, facilitating gigs both regionally and nationally. The course is oriented towards music industry work experience with opportunities to develop skills and work experience from teaching to entrepreneurship; both in the studio as well as music business.

The course is naturally aimed at musicians who would like to take the opportunity to extend their skills and an understanding of what is required of them in the music industry today while working on a full-time basis to a recognised higher education qualification.Students will complete the HNC music course in the first year and progress on to the HND music in the second year. We are offering this as a stand alone course to all music practitioners who would like to develop their skills and benefit from work experience that is designed to self-actualise their dreams of a successful music career.

What will I study?

  • Band rehearsal and performance
  • Music business/entrepreneurship
  • Instrumental study
  • Music studio production
  • Managing a creative business; including tax and national insurance awareness
  • Critical music listening skills
  • Employability skills and work experience

For a full list of units see programme spec (button on right)

How will I be assessed?

The delivery is entirely modular with no set exams as such. It is designed to be supportive to the student’s career with targeted projects set with regard to practical and academic development. This means you will be assessed in a variety of ways, including written assignments, work-based assignments, work experience, practical assessment, video portfolio development.

For more information about assessment, including guidance on marking, feedback and plagiarism, please refer the HE Assessment Policy and the programme spec for course-specific information.

How will the course be delivered?

It will be delivered using a mixture of rehearsal workshops and instrumental tuition, lectures, autonomous learning and work-based assessment including Cubase, Sibelius and music performances.

All programmes are led and taught by experienced teaching staff who are vocational specialists.  They are qualified, and often have extensive experience within the industry or the sector being studied. All teaching staff meet or exceed the requirements set by the awarding institute or body.  

Staff profile: Martin Jones

Martin has a BA in Education and Training and over twenty years experience in the music industry worldwide, including a residency in London’s West End, television work and work as a session musician and live performer.  His research interests include synaptic plasticity in situated cognition and extrinsic motivation and dopamine production within pedagogy. 

 

Entry requirements

 

  • Higher National Certificate in Music (also available at the centre)

or

  • Level four qualification - or equivalent

and

  • Successful audition and interview

A typical offer for this course would ask for the entry requirements to be met, however, all offers take individual applicants’ experience and qualifications into account. 

What next?

BA (Hons) degree second year, or professional practice in a range of careers in the music industry.

 

Additional information

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