Music NC

What is special about this course?

This course will provide the solid foundation you need to be a successful musician.  You'll perform and record live music and learn how to best promote your band.  You'll also learn about theory and history of music and develop skills on your chosen instrument.  Whether you are planning a career in the modern music industry or simply feel you would benefit from a year spent in an exciting musical environment, this course will set you on the right track.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements but you should have a level of ability on your specialist instrument equivalent to Trinity College Grade 3.  Entry is by audition and interview, including short communication/numeracy diagnostic papers.

Classes are designed to make you a more accomplished and confident performer.  You'll have the opportunity to improve instrumental skills (guitar, bass, drums, trumpet, sax, trombone, keyboards and/or piano, vocals) and live performance skills and can study:

  • Live performance;
  • Solo performance;
  • Introduction to the music industry;
  • Promotion in the music industry;
  • Music theory;
  • Aural skills;
  • Appreciation of music;
  • Midi sequencing;
  • Sound recording and production
  • Creative project: songwriting

You will also get to form and play in your own band and will perform at a range of venues throughout Scotland.

In this course, you will also study five Core Skills, including communication, ICT and numeracy, which can help you to gain the essential skills required for life, learning and employment.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

Face to face teaching and practical hands on

How long will my course last?

1 Years

Where can I study my course?

    • Perth College UHI

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Most full-time students will have their fees paid.

Students on part-time courses may also be eligible to have their course fees waived.

What can I do on completion of my course?

After successful completion of this NC you will be considered for entry to our HNC Music programme.  You could then continue on to get a BA (Hons) in Popular Music.

If you choose not to continue your studies, you can utilise your skills to find employment in the music industry, within education, private teaching, lecturing, music performing, composing, retail, community programmes and studio recording

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I want to start in 2019/20

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Perth College UHI. Perth College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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