Music Performance Higher National Certificate in Music
Overview of Programme
The Higher National Certificate in Music is taught via The Miskin Theatre at North Kent College, which has a unique and pioneering approach to training. We understand that many of our Musicians intend to make a career in the arts, entertainment and communications industries. This progression is encouraged, through universities or employment within the industry.
The HNC Musicians to further enhance and hone their skills through a year of intensive training. This will encompass both the practical and technological with projects involving performance techniques, audio production, events organisation and music research assignments. The participants will be expected to be able to work independently to professional standards in state of the art recording studios and rehearsal studios. We pride ourselves on putting out high quality performances and recordings.
As a company member you’ll develop your skills as a performer, producer, organise your own gigs as well as developing your instrumental skills and musical knowledge.
Aims of Programme
- To provide you with knowledge of the fundamental aspects of music and music technology
- To enable you to develop practical skills in music performance and technology
- To focus on the knowledge, skills and understanding required to support learning in a range of vocational settings
- To enable you to develop the necessary professional skills through a range of real life musical situations
- To develop the personal, employability, critical and transferable skills to work effectively across a variety of music industry settings
- To provide you with an opportunity to create a professional portfolio of both performance and recording work
Minimum requirements (students under 21 years old)
- Level 3 Diploma or A to C’s at GCSE A Levels in relevant subjects
- Audition and Interview
Minimum requirements (students over 21 years old)
- If you don’t have the UCAS point requirements, but have appropriate experience, specific knowledge or industry-based qualifications, then your application is welcomed
UCAS Points Conversions
• Grade ‘A’ = 120 points
• Grade ‘B’ = 100 points
• Grade ‘C’ = 80 points
• Grade ‘D’ = 30 points
• Grade ‘E’ = 20 points
BTEC Extended (National) Diploma:
• PPP = 120 points
• MPP = 160 points
• MMP = 200 points
• MMM = 240 points
• DMM = 280 points
• DDM = 320 points
• DDD = 360 points
• PP = 80 points
• MP = 120 points
• MM = 160 points
• DM = 200 points
• DD = 240 points
Progression on to university or employment within the industry, such as a recording engineer, session musician, composer for film and t.v, post-production engineer, live sound engineer.
Modes of assessment
A combination of assignments, practical assessments, performances and recording portfolio.
You will be working with other musicians in both the recording studio environment and in putting on live shows; we try and create a happy medium between work related and university studies. We encourage you to participate in activities similar to those experienced at work.
The classes are small, which allows students to have better access to Directors. We try to use an industry model to produce high quality output and the directors are all musicians and producers with a wealth of knowledge and experience. We treat people on the programme as they would in the industry.
After the programme you can progress on to the second or third year of a Degree programme. However, you will have the skills to progress into employment.
How do I apply?
Entry is by audition and interview, you can contact us for an application form by clicking below.