HD in Music Composition And Performance

About The Course

Higher Diploma in Music Compositional Techniques and Performance is practical, hands-on program which provides students with music editing laboratory and live venue-based training, through state-of-the-art facilities and industry-connected instructors who are already in the music industry. Students build on the core skills and knowledge from the first year to the second year and implement knowledge earned on small and large venue projects. This programme focuses on advanced aspects of music theory and compositional techniques. These can be applied practically across all genres to create more sophisticated musical material with a greater degree of complexity. In addition, knowledge of music theory facilitates in-depth communication with other musicians and greatly expands the range of professional opportunities available in the industry. The aim of this programme is to introduce students to advanced aspects of western music theory, wherever possible through practical work. The skills and knowledge covered will provide a basis and point of reference for practical composition work and written contextual work across all other music units. Topics included in this programme cover a range of advanced concepts, including notation, rhythm, melody and harmony, complex multi-part structures and compositional principles. On successful completion of this programme, students will produce three short compositional studies, in which they will apply all of the skills learnt over the course of study. In addition, students will produce visual representations of their studies, identifying key musical characteristics, and assessing their work in the light of common practice and convention through performance practice of their choice of instruments.

Career Opportunities

  • Choral music Composer
  • Music Analyst
  • Music Critique
  • Ethnomusicologist
  • Music Adjudicator
  • Music Arranger and transcribers
  • Music teacher
  • Programmer
  • studio recording artist
  • pre-production; live sound
  • Solo Music Artist
  • Band performer
  • Music journalist

Entry Requirements

Normal Entry

For normal entry into the Higher Diploma in Music Compositional Techniques and Performance programme applicants should have at least 5 O-Level subjects including English Language. Any other additional qualification is an added advantage.

Special Entry

Candidates who have successfully completed a certificate in any creative arts sector or have obtained equivalent qualifications may apply for entry into Higher Diploma in Music Compositional Techniques and Performance programme subject to availability of places.

Mature Entry

Ordinary level holders who have worked for more than three years without certification in the particular creative arts sector.

Block Release School

The aim of the Block Release school programme is to provide academic support to those creative arts practitioners who are already in the field who need to upgrade their skills and knowledge in the form of certification but do the training at a pace they can manage. These individuals hold qualifications lower than the Higher Diploma level