Music Performance and Production (Jazz)

UAL Diploma Level 3

The study of Jazz will ensure that you will be the best musician you can be. Jazz will develop your understanding of harmony and melody that few outside of this profession will achieve. The discipline required to be the best will be refined and nurtured.  As such, you will be able to adopt many different roles within the music industry, whether that be composing or performing or teaching? Or running your own business as a music therapist or venue manager?  Or taking your studying further with some of the leading music universities in this country, such as Leeds, Birmingham, Trinity Laban or the Royal Welsh College of Music.

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Music Performance & Production (Jazz), UAL Level 3 Diploma AF-MUSC3N-D(0000)001

Alton Campus
Academic Year 2020-21 (2 years)
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Five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including English Language and Mathematics, as well as an audition that requires you to demonstrate your ability on your instrument/voice to start rehearsing with a band. Entry is by audition to demonstrate that you are advanced enough with your instrument/voice to start rehearsing with a band.

On this course you will have the opportunity to study a variety of music performance related areas.

The UAL Diploma consists of 8 units. Units 1-7 are skill building units that prepare you for unit 8, which is your final major project (FMP).

Units 1-7 cover:

  • A range of elements in the development and delivery of a music performance
  • Roles and responsibilities in the production of a music performance
  • Listening skills to identify the different musical elements of musical performances

The HSDC Alton Jazz diploma offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches that nurture the talents of the creative student. Including lectures, guest lectures, rehearsals, tutorials, studios recording sessions, workshops, presentations and group discussions. The facilities on our campus feature the latest music industry standard equipment. They include: 

  • Two Apple Mac production suites consisting of more than 20 individual workstations with audio keyboard and Logic X
  • Main recording studio consists of Apple Mac Pro, and Logic Pro X
  • Live music venue with a variety of live audio equipment: Industry standard microphones and DI boxes, PA and monitor speakers and outboard equipment

Our rehearsal room is equipped with all the kit required to rehearse and perform your favourite music:

  • PA Systems
  • Mics
  • Amps
  • Keyboards
  • Drums

Just bring your own instrument and start to learn jazz songs in a range of ensembles, from solo acts to full bands.
Also, our fantastic Ormond Room is a fully equipped performance space for recording or performing original songs or covers. Writing and performing music is at the heart of what we do throughout the courses here.

You will be continually assessed on a Pass or Fail basis on the first 7 units. The final unit 8 will be graded on a Pass, Merit, Distinction level. The work towards your final unit will begin towards the end of term 1 in Year 2. Much of the work is practical in nature but written assignments and presentations are required to support this. There is a big emphasis on research and is excellent preparation for university, as the qualification is assessed more like a degree than an A Level. There is no final examination.

There may be additional costs for promoting live events that you will be taking part in.

University, performer, technician, promoter, venue manager, live sound engineer, songwriter, composer, music producer, studio engineer, musicologist, music therapist, peripatetic teacher, classroom teacher.

We have a range of former students that are working within the music industry, as such, we are able to offer students that study with us, unparalleled access through guest lecturers and work experience opportunities. These include performing at or crew work at the Victorious Festival in Portsmouth, via Ben Mills and Andy Marsh, two former students who run the festival.  Also, Tom Cattermole, who works within one of the biggest music agencies in the country, Tailored Entertainments.  As well as Dave Orton, a professional composer who writes music for video games, recently he has worked on Guitar Hero Live.

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