2 years full-time

Entry requirements:

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

Fees & funding:
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How to apply:
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Introduction to the course

If you dream of performing your music live on stage or writing the next big hit, then this course is for you. Match your talent and passion for performing, with techniques that will build your confidence and improve your stage presence. You’ll have the opportunity to create your own EP and perform at large-scale music events. The course is closely linked with Confetti’s artist management company Denizen.

92% Of students on this course feel the teaching they receive is of a good standard. (QDP Student Survey Results 2021)

You’ll learn:

  • An understanding and appreciation of popular music
  • Instrument and vocal skills
  • Music theory
  • How to compose music and write lyrics
  • Stagecraft and performance skills
  • Practical musicianship
  • The structure of the music industry
  • English and Maths skills

What you'll study

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Maths & English

Depending on your prior English and Maths attainment, you may need to improve your grade as part of your course.

On this course you’ll have access to:

  • Confetti's live Music & Events Hub, Metronome
  • 400 Capacity Metronome venue
  • Recording studios and rehearsal rooms
  • Extensive backline equipment
  • Sound recording and editing suites
  • Mac and PC music labs
  • Ableton Live and Logic Pro X DAW's


Every year we welcome family, friends and industry professionals to watch, listen, test and play the fantastic work of our college students. This year, in light of the current restrictions, we’ve taken this showcase online.

Industry Week

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

Previous guests include: Tony Wilson (Factory Records), Michael Eavis, Will Kennard (Chase and Status), Andy Copping (Download Festival), Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1), Professor Green, Sleaford Mods, Mandy Parnell (Bjork, Aphex Twin, The White Stripes), Jon Kelly (Paul McCartney, Kate Bush), George Shilling (Oasis, Primal Scream, James Brown), Rudimental's Piers Aggett and Easy Life Murray Matravers.

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music performance student lucy

Lucy Crisp

“Lots of the tutors have industry experience, so they really know what they’re talking about.”

Continue your studies

Your time at Confetti doesn’t have to stop once you finish your college course. Choose to continue your studies on our range of foundation and full honours degrees that can help you further develop your skills and obtain the experience you need to get a head start in your career:

Future careers:

  • Musician
  • Singer songwriter
  • Music producer
  • Artist management
  • Music teacher

Open Days

Saturday 14 January