Local students will be offered a BTEC in musical performance

Local students will be offered a BTEC in musical performance

Gibraltar A level students will have the opportunity to take an extended national BTEC level 3 certificate in musical performance during the next school term with five students already interested in the course.

More students are expected to join the course as the subject selection deadline has not yet passed.

The course will be delivered in collaboration between the Department of Education and the Gibraltar Academy of Music and Performing Arts (GAMPA) and was announced at a press conference on Wednesday by the Minister of Education, Dr John Cortes, Director of Education Keri Scott and Director of GAMPA Christian Santos.

“I think it will benefit the young people of Gibraltar,” said Dr Cortes.

“For several years, I have always wanted to promote with the team of the department the introduction of new opportunities for young people. Particularly in the professional field because very little was done.

“Young people, not necessarily because of their abilities, but because of their interests and aspirations, may not have wanted to follow the more traditional academic path, but still wanted to aspire to careers in different professions. and go through the university.

The BTEC in Music Performance is intended for learners who wish to further their education through learning applied to musical practice.

The qualification has been developed to ensure that it supports progression to higher education and is equivalent to an A level and aims to provide a curriculum covering both performance and the music industry.

It is designed to be taken with other Level 3 qualifications and carries the same UCAS points.

This course is recognized by higher education establishments as contributing to the conditions for admission to university courses.

The course will be taught at GAAMP which will work with Gibraltar College.

Ms Scott said Mr Santos has been a very strong supporter of the performing arts for a long time.

It was through Mr. Santos’ work with young people that he discovered Hanime that they were not able to take full advantage of their strengths within some of the existing pathways available.

“We are confident in our academic offerings in schools,” Ms. Scott said.

But, she added, this course would broaden and broaden the professional offer of the department.

“We felt it was a great opportunity to really capitalize,” she said.

“And we’re delighted that some of our kids who might otherwise have gone for other courses and not for A-level music because this was not a course that appealed to their strengths.” This will provide music students with strengths in the field of music and an alternative opportunity for them to pursue. ”

She added that the ministry was not reducing the number of courses offered to students but in fact increasing it.

Mr Santos called the trip a “labor of love”.

“A work of passion to see so many people involved not only in GAMPA but also in the festival of young musicians,” said Mr. Santos.

“We have hundreds of kids that I see getting involved in music and not necessarily continuing their education in music.”

“Music is a vocational subject. You can go the academic route for those who are interested, but it’s basically about empowering those who are great performers. This is a 100% performers course where they learn the different elements of the music industry.

He said it gives an interpreter the opportunity to be assessed as a performer and not necessarily as an academic.

According to the government, employers and professional bodies have been involved and consulted to confirm that the content is appropriate and in line with current practice for learners planning to enter the music industry directly, which includes music techniques. ‘interpretation, communication skills and teamwork.

The course also gives learners the opportunity to focus on their personal vocal or instrumental technique through solo and ensemble performances.

BTEC nationals provide a professional context in which learners can develop the knowledge and skills required for particular courses.

Students will be assessed on the course by “Pearson”, the exam board that provides the BTEC.

The two-year course will have the same number of teaching hours as the other A-level subjects. The way it will be examined is different from A-level music and the course will be conducted during school hours.

The course is open to all full-time students, including mature students who have enrolled at Gibraltar College.

The entry level for the course depends on the performance level with a minimum starting grade of four.

“Either you have a fourth year qualification on one of the exam boards or you have to audition and we have to follow the grading standards,” Mr Santos said.

“Because it’s about excelling as a performer. It’s not necessarily great as a songwriter, it’s extra mods you do, but 90% of the grading is how you play, ”he added.

Finally, Dr Cortes called this an exciting development and one more step in government policy to expand professional opportunities for young people.

“It has been a pleasure to work with GAMPA and use their expertise and resources as well as the experience of Gibraltar College to make this a reality,” said Dr Cortes.

“The performing arts are very strong in Gibraltar and we need to encourage them. ”

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