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BTEC Music Performance


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Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Music Performance is the equivalent of a full A Level course. While focusing on developing ensemble music performance skills, it also offers a broader understanding of relevant complementary areas of the music sector, such as composition, live events and technology. It is designed to support progression to more specialist music courses in higher education. This will allow you to choose a specific specialist area in which to develop additional skills. It is ideal for you if you are interested in learning about the music sector, with a view to progressing to one of a wide range of opportunities.

Entry - Please refer to entry requirements

Students also need to be able to play an instrument or sing

Attendance - Two years to complete the full BTEC Level 3

Assessment - Pearson EDEXCEL

There are four units of work, of which three of these are mandatory and there are options for the fourth. The course is broken down into a mixture of internal and external assessments.

Unit Number

Unit Title

Mode of Assessment

Brief Outline of Module


Practical Music Theory and Harmony


Learners develop knowledge and understanding of music theory and harmony, and apply their understanding in practical scenarios.

In this unit you will:

- Examine the signs and symbols used in musical notation

- Explore the application of melodic composition based on musical elements

- Explore the application of chords and cadences for composition or arrangement

- Produce correct musical notation for performance.


Professional Practice in the Music Industry


Learners explore what it is that makes someone a professional in the music industry and how to put forward a bid for work.

In this unit you will:

- Understand the importance of professional practice in the music industry

- Understand operational requirements relevant to specific music industry organisations and practices

- Demonstrate the ability to apply the skills required for working in the music industry AO4 Demonstrate the requirements for professional presentation of ideas

- Evaluate the skills and knowledge needed for professional roles in the music industry


Ensemble Music Performance



Learners work as part of a musical ensemble and develop their skills and techniques in rehearsal and performance.

In this unit you will:

- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the skills needed for rehearsals and ensemble performance

- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how to interpret an original musical piece

- Apply skills and techniques when contributing to an ensemble during rehearsal and performance

- Be able to contribute towards a performance as part of an ensemble AO5 -- Be able to reflect and make connections between responding, planning, rehearsal and performance











One of the following options


Composing Music



Music Performance Session Styles


Solo Performance




Improvising Music



Learners explore composing music from the initial stages to the final product, developing skills for composition in a variety of styles.  


Learners explore the styles of music encountered in the role of a modern session musician.


Learners explore the preparation and performance of music as a soloist before performing in front of an audience.


Learners develop the ability to improvise when performing in a range of musical styles and contexts.

Moving on

It is essential for anybody seeking any sort of musical career and it proves valuable for work in broadcasting and the media in general. Music is useful for anyone entering teaching as a career and particularly as a subsidiary subject for those working in primary and middle schools. In addition to the music sector-specific content outlined above, this qualification gives learners transferable and higher-order skills that are valued by higher education providers and employers, for example performance techniques, communication skills, team working. It also gives learners an opportunity to focus on their personal vocal/instrumental technique.