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
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.
Choral music Composer
Music Arranger and transcribers
studio recording artist
pre-production; live sound
Solo Music Artist
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.
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
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