The Music Performance course has a long tradition of training musicians and singers so that they are ready to gain places at top conservatoires and universities in the UK.
Each year, we successfully prepare students for schools such as Guildhall, RCM, Trinity, Leeds Conservatoire, Royal Northern College of Music and many more.
The course also prepares students to join the thriving professional music scene in the UK upon completion.
The programme is suitable for all types of musicians and singers. Specific classes and aspects of the curriculum cater for individual needs whilst providing a foundation of skills and knowledge that prepare you for a career as a musician and creative artist.
The Music Performance course will prepare you for a professional career in music and to study music at degree level through a broad and exciting range of music and musical activities.
Our music course tutors and instrumental teachers are all experienced professional musicians, many of whom teach at degree and masters levels.
The emphasis is on practical skills, performance development, musicianship, composition, and academic work, underpinned by classroom tuition and various extracurricular events such as workshops and gigs.
Delivery is through a combination of practical music making, classroom theory, seminars, tutorials and assignments. The course also provides many opportunities to participate in a wide range of musical experiences.
In addition to your main programme, you will engage in activities to develop your English, maths and employability skills.
You will complete the UAL Diploma in your first year and continue to the Extended Diploma in your second year.
All eligible applicants will be auditioned and should have sufficient ability to succeed on the course. Candidates will be expected to perform on one instrument (which can include voice) to a good level of proficiency at equivalent to grade 4/5 Rockschool or ABRSM examination standard or above.
Course leader Michael Allen (FGSMD) is an expert in preparing students for conservatoire and university entrance. Learners will receive individually tailored tuition that builds their skills and knowledge to meet their needs and ambitions.
The course team work together to give you a learning experience and skill set that will ensure you can achieve your musical and artistic goals.
Students have gone on from the course to pursue careers in all aspects of the music industry from performing, teaching, composing and arranging to arts management, journalism and studio recording.
Around 90% of our students progress to higher education. Many learners progress onto Music honours programmes at universities and colleges such as The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, The Royal Academy of Music, Rotterdam Conservatoire, and The Royal Northern College.
A career in music might focus on education work (teaching or working as a performer in education), on composing and arranging, on technology (recording or instrument technology), on management and administration or on a full range of opportunities in the publishing and retail sectors.
****Applications for courses starting in September 2023 are now closed****
Advice sessions for courses starting in September 2023 have now finished.
Whilst term has started, there may still be places remaining on some of our course areas, however many of our courses are now full, and there is no guarantee of a space on any course.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name and contact details, including telephone number, subject area(s) of interest and GCSE grades, so that we can arrange for someone to contact you and discuss your options.
The application window for full-time courses and joint apprenticeship applications starting in September 2024 opens on Monday 2nd October at 12pm.
Before submitting your online application, make sure you have got an email address which you will check frequently and which is professional and appropriate for this purpose, and use this when you create your account. Submit the application as early as possible and remember to make a note of your USERNAME and PASSWORD details! You will need these later.
We have prepared a step-by-step video guide below – please view this video which will guide you through the application process.
If you have chosen the study programme you would like to apply for then you are almost there. We recommend that you read our handy application tips, watch our video and then make your application.
You can only apply for one full-time programme and one apprenticeship. You can do this together within the same application form, in what is known as a joint application.
Remember, you cannot study more than one core subject. For example, you would not be able to study two full-time programmes in different subjects simultaneously. You would take Plumbing or Music, not Plumbing and Music.
Your subject will be your primary qualification and forms the bulk of your programme of study.
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|Duration||Two Years: Year 1: Diploma | Year 2: Extended Diploma | Two Years: Extended Diploma|
|Campus / Adult Skills Centre||Colchester Campus|
|Start Date||September 2023|
|Fee(s)||16-18 year olds: Free|
This fee covers the whole two year course
All fees, prices and funding information shown on this page are for courses starting in the 2023-24 academic year unless stated otherwise, and are correct at the time of entering/printing information, however these may be subject to change due to factors outside of our control. The College cannot accept legal or financial liability as a result of any such changes.
Courses fees are generally not confirmed for September until June / July due to the above factors.
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The College reserves the right to update and amend information as and when necessary. Colchester Institute will do its best to provide the courses shown, but may have to modify or withdraw a course depending on customer demand and other factors.