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Music Performance

RSL Level 3 Extended Certificate for Creative Music Industry 

 Why study Music Performance?

This course is intended for students working in any musical discipline who wish to develop a professional approach to music performance. The focus is on modern popular music but students will work in a wide range of familiar and unfamiliar styles within this general area. The course also provides a grounding in many of the practical and associated business, planning and promotion skills required to succeed as a working musician. However, the course’s thoroughly professional ethos and transferable skills in self-development, leadership, group work and managing large-scale projects will benefit students with career aspirations in many other areas

 Entry Requirements

In addition to our general entry requirements, you must have:

  • GCSE English – grade 3

In addition, you will need an appropriate level of vocal or instrumental proficiency, to be assessed by the course teaching team at audition.

The Course

Students develop as musicians through the completion of challenging practical projects. They work ‘by ear’ and from standard musical notation, building strong aural and music theory skills. Practical projects are supported by extensive written research, listening tasks and detailed reflective journals. Coursework assignments are designed to help improve general skills such as communication, working with others and independent study. Students can also expect significant ongoing written work and attending additional rehearsals outside of timetabled sessions. 

Course Activities

Although some activities will require students to work as individuals, most learning takes place in group and workshop situations. Students will often be taught specific practical techniques and theory during lessons and expected to work on these independently through personal practice and group rehearsals outside class. Occasionally, presentations are given by visiting music industry professionals.

Career and Progression Opportunities

Former students have gone on to study music performance, commercial music, music technology, music management, composition and music production in a range of universities, music conservatoires and private music colleges.

Since the course develops an understanding of the professional work environment it may very occasionally provide more direct access to music-related employment. However, most careers in the field are becoming graduate entry only and thus require further study.

Course Structure and Assessment

The course is continually assessed through tasks, assignments and performances. There is no formal written examination although there is examination board verification. 


Performing Music Live (core),

Rehearsing Music,

Live Sound Engineering (Front of House),

Collaborative Project. 

Additional Information

This subject can be combined with A Level Music or RSL Subsidiary Diploma for Creative Industries Practitioners (music technology).  It will often be necessary for students to attend rehearsals and prepare for performances outside lessons. These rehearsals may be scheduled before, during or after students’ normal timetabled day.

Examination Board: RSL (Rockschool Limited)



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