Welcome to Music A-Level & BTEC
The A level Music course (Eduqas) has 3 components: performing, composing and appraising. Students perform a 10-12 minute recital to a visiting examiner, compose two pieces and study the development of the symphony from 1750-1900, Twentieth century music and jazz.
The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Music offers students the key knowledge and practical skills required for their potential chosen career as a freelance musician either as a performer or as a songwriter/composer.
Over the 2 years you will perform as a soloist and member of an ensemble, put on your own music event at and external venue and learn about the music industry and all its component parts
Record Production portfolio course – over this 1 year portfolio course students will gain an overview of the history of record production form the 1950’s through to present day. Students learn how to capture audio in a variety of set-ups from ambient recording to close-miking and how to then process this audio in the mixing process to create a master recording. While on the course the students visit local studios to gain greater insight into the professional side of the industry.
Several of our students have successfully auditioned for junior departments of top conservatoires including the Royal Academy and Guildhall, attending weekly lessons there.
The music department offers a range of weekly enrichment activities including session orchestra, chamber orchestra and choir as well as songwriting club. We also host and support pop/rock band rehearsals, jazz ensembles and chamber groups. Our practice rooms are used by both music and non-music students for individual and group practice. The department has a 32 channel recording studio which is accessible to students to work on their own projects.
During 2017-18 music students have been involved in a wide range of activities which have included:
- A series of workshops with professional bouzouki player and cellist Pavlos Carvahlo, culminating in a concert in collaboration with other professional musicians and Oathall Community students as part of the Rebetiko Carnival, a celebration of Greek music.
- A composition workshop in collaboration with the Orchestra of Sound and Light and the University of Sussex Music department culminating in performance at the Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts as part of the Brighton Festival.
- A series of opera workshops with professional singer Becca Leggett, culminating in a performance at the Cafe Culture summer concert
- Choir, session orchestra and soloists performing at the Music for Youth Regional Festival, held at BHASVIC for the first time this year, 2 of whom were recommended to perform at the National Festival in Birmingham
- Bhasvic students performed at the NEU National conference at the Brighton Centre as a result of their performance at the Music for Youth regional festival.
- BTEC student band gigs at external music venues The Latest Music Bar and The Rialto
- Christmas concert and Cafe Culture summer concert
- BTEC students performed a fund-raising concert for the BSUH – Royal Alexandra Children’s hospital including performing at the hospital for the patients.
- Performances by session orchestra and choir at Open Evenings
- Solo and band performances at BHASVICTORS, a celebration of student success in Media and Performing Arts
- BTEC students on the judging panel for Sounds in the City, organised by Brighton and Hove Music and Arts