Vocals

Artist Development Diploma in Music Performance

Overview

This vocational diploma pathway is available in both two-year and one-year course options.  The two-year option is equivalent to three A Levels, whilst our one-year ‘fast track’ diploma is equivalent to two A Levels.

This course is designed to develop your skills as a professional musician.  You’ll learn styles and techniques, music theory, music business and other musicianship skills, giving you a wider understanding of the music industry and of how to get music out to an audience.

You will develop essential technical, live performance, ensemble, theory and ear training and studio skills, as well as music industry career development.  In addition to this you will study the links between music and society, and work on a professional development project.

You’ll have a fantastic time studying a subject you feel passionate about, collaborating creatively with fellow musicians, producers and entrepreneurs, to begin connecting to the music industry.  As a BIMM student, many exciting networking opportunities will come your way, from gig opportunities to masterclasses with globally successful industry professionals – your career in music starts here!

Throughout the course you will be supported and guided toward your future career and study goals by expert tutors and prominent music industry professionals, providing you with a holistic view of the music industry and the way it operates.

Studying on the diploma is a great way to take your first steps into the music industry.  A course like this can either kickstart your career or provide a valuable foundation for study at a higher level by progressing onto one of the BIMM degree courses, such as the BA (hons) Professional Musicianship, the BA (hons) Songwriting or the BA (hons) Music Business or Events Management.

UK and EU students aged 16-18 are eligible to have their course fees paid by the Government, subject to meeting ESFA conditions of funding.

So, what are you waiting for?  To make your way as a music professional, connect with us and we will connect you to a life in music.

Awarded by:

Free to UK & EU students age 18 or under
(subject to academic requirements)

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Modules

Year 1 Subsidiary Diploma/Fast Track Diploma

Module names and structure may be subject to change.

  • TECHNICAL DEVELOPMENT

    Good technique is essential as a professional musician. In these lessons you’ll develop technical skill and introduce a logical approach to improving your voice or instrument.

  • SESSION STYLES

    This is where you’ll study different genres and influential contemporary musicians. This will enhance your musical knowledge and will be applied to your own professional practice.

  • EAR TRAINING

    Ear training is all about sharpening the ear for in-depth song analysis. In it you’ll be taught various listening and theory skills. These skills will not only teach you new ways of appreciating and understanding music, it will also help you on your way to becoming a better, more employable musician.

  • MUSIC INDUSTRY CAREER DEVELOPMENT

    The module is a complete overview of the music industry; this includes basic copyright legislation, the role and function of record labels, publishing companies, collection societies, artist managers, live sector organisations and PR companies.

  • PRE-PRODUCTION

    Pre-production encourages the preparation of songs to professional standards. You’ll deconstruct songs, paying close attention to melody, arrangement and harmonies, all in preparation for your Live Performance Workshop lesson.

  • LIVE PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP (LPW)

    This is where you put the work from pre-production into action. You’ll perform your tracks with your peers, reviewing and refining the performance along the way. Doing this regularly will help you become a confident, well prepared, professional performer and songwriter.

  • PERFORMANCE PREPARATION

    Here you’ll look at the aspects that go towards a great performance. This goes beyond LPW, and you’ll be looking at band forming, rehearsal techniques, promotion, marketing, stage management and budgeting.

  • EXTENDED STUDIES

    Here you will have the opportunity to recap and expand on the information covered in the course. It is also a great chance to meet guest speakers, prepare for UCAS applications and create your CV. Your personal social development will also be supported to ensure you are prepared for a future in the music industry.

  • RESEARCH AND INVESTIGATION (fast track module)

    This lesson offers students a chance to undertake an investigation into an area of interest within the music industry. Whilst doing so, you’ll develop your academic study skills that will help prepare you for a higher level of study or research.

  • MUSIC INDUSTRY AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT (fast track module)

    In this year’s classes you’ll continue to explore the music industry and the different roles and functions within it. You’ll also begin working on your own business plan that will help you to forge a path into the music industry.

Year 2

Module names and structure may be subject to change.

  • RECORDING PREPARATION

    Here you will apply your skills gained so far to a studio recording environment. Band, song choice, instruments and recording techniques will be developed, as you learn what it is like to work and record in a studio.

  • LIVE MUSIC PERFORMANCE

    Here you will take the skills developed in year 1 during performance preparation and LPW, and take these further to focus on performance as a whole, including performing to camera.

  • THE SESSION MUSICIAN

    This lesson will focus on the skills required to work as a session musician. The skills learned in technical development and session styles in year 1 will be developed and applied, working towards a career in music.

  • PRE-PRODUCTION

    In this year of pre-production, you’ll continue prepare songs to professional standards, in preparation for your Live Performance Workshop classes.

  • RESEARCH AND INVESTIGATION

    This lesson offers students a chance to undertake an investigation into an area of interest within the music industry. Whilst doing so, you’ll develop your academic study skills that will help prepare you for a higher level of study or research.

  • MUSIC INDUSTRY AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT

    In this year’s classes you’ll continue to explore the music industry and the different roles and functions within it. You’ll also begin working on your own business plan that will help you to forge a path into the music industry.

  • MUSIC IN CONTEXT

    This is where you will learn about the interaction between music and society. In it you’ll track back through history and study some of the most influential artists and the impact they have had on music, technology, politics and civil rights.

The option modules advertised as available for BIMM Institute courses are subject to variation dependant on minimum student numbers and the availability of specialist resources at each college (Please refer to our terms and conditions for further detail).

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Minimum requirements

Five GCSEs at a minimum grade of C/4, including English Language and Maths and Grade 4-6 equivalency playing skills.

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Progression

Graduates can progress directly to employment in the music industry. Or can continue their studies with BA (Hons) Professional Musicianship in Guitar, Bass, Drums or Vocals at BIMM.

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How to apply

All diploma applications can be made directly via the BIMM Admissions Team. To request an assessment call 0844 2 646 666. All students will be invited to attend an individual assessment.

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Course Specification

Mode of attendance:
Full-time
Length of course:
1 and 2 year options
Awarding institution:
RSL
Teaching institution:
BIMM Manchester
Language of study:
English
Final award and exit awards:
Two-year course: RSL Extended Diploma for Music Practitioners. One-year course: RSL Diploma for Music Practitioners.
Admissions criteria:
Five GCSEs at a minimum grade of C/4, including English Language and Maths and Grade 4-6 equivalency playing skills.
Location:
BIMM Manchester

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From launching the career of Oasis and scoring nine Top 40 singles with the band Sleeper, to winning a Mercury Music Prize as part of Gomez and knocking Take That off the top spot, our BIMM Manchester tutors have done it all. One even has the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, as her real life godfather! Imagine what you could achieve with direct access to their knowledge, guidance, experience and enviable industry connections!

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