Music Performance and Songwriting – BTEC Level 3

If you dream of performing your music live on stage or writing the next big record, then this course is for you. Match your talent and passion for performing, with techniques that will build your confidence and improve your performances. You’ll learn to create backing tracks, develop song-writing abilities, work with our in-house record label and perform your own music each term. Your hard work will culminate in the creation of your own EP and with performances at large-scale music events. You could even find yourself signed to Confetti’s sister business Denizen Recordings.

Entry requirements and course duration

Duration: 2 years

Entry requirements:

  • 5 GCSEs grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and maths
  • An appreciation of and passion for the subject with a level of practical experience and/or a Level 2 qualification in the subject area

Our campus

We’re developing our campus to make sure you’re studying in the best facilities with the latest industry-standard equipment – find out more about our campus developments – including a brand new home for music & events at the Contemporary Music Hub, the new TV & Film facilities at Space2 and our £9.1m Digital Media space – the Digital Media Hub.

At Confetti our classrooms are unique. As part of their course, our students get the chance to go out into industry and Do It For Real at locations across the UK! Check out our interactive map to see how our classrooms are different and to get a taste of the kind of experiences you could take part in whilst studying at Confetti.

Industry Week

As a Confetti student, you will also take part in Confetti’s Industry Week where you’ll meet a range of professionals within your field of interest, as well as other areas of the creative industries.

What you’ll study

Term 1 - Intro to Performance and Songwriting

You’ll develop skills and confidence in performance through live music workshops. You’ll use the studios and IT resources to create backing tracks for your own compositions. You’ll also develop a critical ear through the analysis of music from contrasting genres.

Term 2 - Solo Performance and World Music

The focus of this term is to build and improve your confidence as a solo performer. In addition you’ll develop keyboard and compositional techniques that will provide you with a foundation for the rest of the course, to build on throughout the rest of the course.

Term 3 - Pop Music

You’ll develop your performance skills further through ensemble performance and covering existing material to capture the sound of four decades. This will take place in a large-scale performance venue. You’ll also develop your understanding of the music industry through examining organisations, roles and contracts and find out how to succeed in this constantly-evolving industry.

Term 4 - Songwriting

The aim of this term is to develop your songwriting skills and an appreciation of how music relates and interacts with society. You’ll create a range of compositional starting points, some of which will be developed into fully-formed musical pieces. These will form the basis of the musical content used in Terms 5 & 6.

Term 5 - EP & Self-Promotion

You’ll use the skills you have developed over the previous four terms to create your own EP. You’ll collaborate with Confetti’s in-house commercial record label Denizen Recordings and will create a marketing campaign and merchandise in preparation for the EP release and live event in Term 6.

Term 6 - Headliners

During the final term you’ll perform at a large-scale music event in a Nottingham venue drawing on the skills you’ve developed throughout the course. You’ll sell your merchandise and promote the event through marketing materials you created in the previous term.