Principal Instrument


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COURSE OVERVIEW


Study Mode

Full-time

Fees

Termly (Level 4 & 5): £400

Termly (Level 6): £900

Full year (Level 4 & 5): £1,200

Full year (Level 6): £2,700

Awarding Body

Open University

Credits

Level 4: 15

Level 5: 20

Level 6: 40

Start Date

January, April & October 2019

Funding

Self-funding 

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Offered at levels 4, 5 or 6, the Principal Instrument modules provide a structured approach to develop your advanced instrumental skills as a performer and creator of contemporary music. Expert tuition, including one to one, is available for guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, horns or voice, leading up to a public performance for level 6 students.

Aims of the module

Level 4

This module aims to further students’ technical and artistic ability on one of the following principal instruments: Voice, Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Guitar, Piano, Bass, Drums.

Level 5

Building on the skills developed at Level 4, this module aims to extend students’ technical and artistic ability on one of the following principal instruments: Voice, Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Guitar, Piano, Bass, Drums.

Level 6

Building on the skills developed at Level 5, this module aims to challenge students’ technical and artistic ability on one of the following principal instruments: Voice, Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Guitar, Piano, Bass, Drums. Students completing this module are expected to perform at professional standards.

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Entry Requirements


Entry Requirements

Pre-requisites for taking the module

  • A minimum of 3 years playing experience at level 4.
  • A Knowledge of a variety of styles on their chosen instrument.
  • The ability to learn by ear in a group situation
  • To be able to improvise specific instrumental parts
  • Ideally some basic sight-reading, but advanced reading skills are not essential, particularly at level 4.
  • NB: The same points apply to all students whatever level they wish to enter the Principal Instrument module at, obviously for those wishing to enter the module at levels 5 and 6 more experience would be required. Students would also need to have a more advanced harmonic and rhythmic understanding for levels 5 and 6.

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