Popular Music and Jazz Studies

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Fact File

  • GCSEs to include a minimum Grade 4 in Music (if taken)
  • You will be invited to an audition in the spring term, where you be asked to perform a piece of your own choice which demonstrates your ability to perform in a jazz idiom. You will also be asked to improvise over a simple 12-bar blues pattern
  • Minimum Grade 7 playing standard required
  • This course focuses 100% on developing your ability as a jazz performer
  • One-to-one tuition from specialist jazz instrumental/vocal teachers
  • You will have the opportunity to benefit from the strong links which the department has with the UK’s leading conservatoires and specialist jazz music departments. The Subsidiary Diploma is designed to enable you to access these prestigious courses.

Course Summary

This course is designed for highly able musicians who are thinking seriously about pursuing a career in the music industry as music performers. The different units in the course will enable you to develop the skills you need to prepare to apply for the UK’s most prestigious jazz/popular music performance courses.

The Professional Performance Studies in Music option will also include A Level Music. This will be the equivalent of 2.5 A Levels. Places on this course are limited. Students will be provided with one hour per week of free instrumental/vocal tuition.

Watch some current Popular Music and Jazz Studies students perform in one of our Jazz and Soul Evenings:

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Elijah Jeffrey
Elijah Jeffery

“Since year 9, I had been set on coming to Barton Peveril. Being a student at Wyvern, I was lucky enough to work closely with Barton students in workshops and at concerts, and this really sparked my interest in the College.”

Read more about Elijah and some of our other students.