SONGWRITING & COMPOSITION

COURSE LOCATION: BRISTOL

If you really love exploring the creative process of crafting songs and music, then look no further.  The modern songwriter and composer has to have a wide and diverse skillset to thrive in the digital age, and that’s precisely what we’re offering here.  From an in depth understanding of compositional techniques, lyric writing, arranging, recording, sequencing and producing to launching an EP, we will help you develop all of the skills required to be the one-stop song shop that A&R and music commissioners now expect.

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COURSE OVERVIEW

A deep understanding of the craft of songwriting is essential to anyone who wants to work in this exciting field.  Having the ability to recognise and utilise different structures, forms, styles, keys and musical devices will allow you to truly harness your compositional potential.  Couple this with a toolbox of lyrical devices and techniques, and you’ll feel comfortable approaching any songwriting challenge.

In addition to these creative skills, you will explore the approach that modern songwriters and composers take to structure and record their work. Utilising modern technology is now the norm, so getting to know your way around a studio is key.  Exploring recording techniques, sequencing software, mixing skills and music production will lead you to a fuller understanding of industry practice, and how your creative output fits into the diverse and rapidly changing media landscape.

You’ll also develop your personal, business and management skills to give you everything you need to make your mark on the music industry. You will look at how the music industry works and how to get employment in it with a focus on how to market and promote yourself in the music industry.


COURSE UNITS

This course is offered on two qualification pathways depending on your age:

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16-18 Years

Qualification: 2 Year Level 3 RSL Extended Diploma

  • Songwriting
  • Composing
  • Lyric Writing
  • Music Theory
  • Studio Recording
  • Music Production
  • Composing for Media
  • Arranging
  • Remixing

Equivalent to 3 A-Levels and will earn you the UCAS Points needed to go on to University study.

+ 19+ Yrs

Option 1: 1 Year Access to HE Diploma

Planning to go on to study for a degree? This intensive 1 year course that equips you with all the skills you'll need to take your learning to the next level, as well as the UCAS Points needed to go on to University study.

  • MIDI and Audio Sequencing
  • Technology in performance and DJing techniques
  • Studio Production
  • Audio/Visual Project
  • Acoustics
  • Composition and Music Theory
  • Final Major Project
  • Applying to UCAS

Option 2: 1 Year Level 3 RSL Subsidiary Diploma

Do you have a passion for the subject but are not yet sure you are ready to think about studying for a degree? After completing this one year course you have the option to go onto the Access Course, or onto the RSL Extended Diploma.

  • Sound reinforcement
  • Planning for a career in music
  • Music rehearsal skills
  • Digital recording & production
  • Analogue synthesis
  • Composing styles
  • Music sequencing
  • Using EQs & filters
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NO ORDINARY TUTORS

Our staff not only teach music, they live and breathe it. We made it our mission to find the best tutors possible, tutors with real music industry experience and knowledge. Tutors that adapt with our courses to make sure they always teach the most relevant hardware, software and production techniques. At dBs Music our teaching team will not only help you with the skills you need to achieve success in your studies, but they’ll help you network, connect and collaborate, preparing you with an insight to how the real world of the music industry works.

FACILITIES

We all understand how important it is for students to have access to the very latest hardware and software, so at dBs Music it’s always been our mission to buy the very latest kit and make sure that students can book it alongside their studio time. From Mac labs full of the latest music making software during lesson time to MIDI controllers, DJ booths, studios and rehearsal rooms - we are fully kitted out and ready to go whatever course you choose to study! 


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+ ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

To join the Level 3 diploma you will need a minimum of 4 GCSE’s at 4/C or above and must include either English or Maths. Or an equivalent qualification such as a Level 2 Diploma.

You may be required to attend an audition too.

There are no formal entry requirements for the Access to HE Diploma.

Didn't get the grades?

We also deliver English & Maths GCSE retakes which you can take alongside your course.

+ FUNDING & COURSE COSTS

All full-time courses are FREE to EU residents who are under 19 years old on the 31st August prior to your course starting in September.

19-23 yrs old funding

If it is your 1st Level 3 qualification then the course will be free.

If you already have a Level 3 qualification you will need to apply for an Advanced Learning Loan or pay the course fees.

24+ students

Will need to apply for an Advanced Learning Loan or pay the course fees.

We understand figuring out course fees can be a daunting prospect but we are here to help. If you get stuck or just want some friendly advice, give us a call. Alternatively you can find out more information on what fee remission you may be entitled to here.

+ QUALIFICATION DETAILS

Our level 3 diplomas are Post-16 vocational qualifications, awarded by RSL Awards. Upon completion you will have achieved a Music Production RSL Extended Diploma Level 3 (Music Practitioners).

The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is a full Level 3 qualification, and awarded by Ascentis, licensed by the QAA and accepted by Higher Education Institutions.


HOW TO APPLY

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