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Bass / Diploma - Artist Development
The BIMM Artist Development Diploma is equivalent to 2 ‘A’ levels. It is designed for players with solid ability, but who may need help in becoming fully rounded musicians. This course is all about ‘getting out there’, being seen and heard and gaining the confidence of a professional musician. A fundamental understanding of the music industry is developed alongside performance and technical skills.
FEE UPDATE: There are no longer any tuition fees for diploma courses at BIMM Brighton for students aged under 19.
A good technique is essential if a more efficient and accurate execution of musical ideas is the aim. Musicians will be taken through a logical technical study path, in order to facilitate better technique. Dexterity and strength building exercises, finger style chops, pick playing, scale knowledge and application, complex slap bass, finger-funk and ghost notes, harmonics, creating lines and even some soloing are all featured.
A study of the sounds and styles of some of the worlds’ most influential bass players. Artists such as Flea, John Paul Jones, Timmy C, Nathan Watts, James Jamerson, JJ Burnell, Aston Barrett, Bootsy Collins, Cliff Burton and Jaco Pastorius are all included for study, in order to broaden the range of the student’s stylistic knowledge.
Pre - Production
This lecture encourages the preparation of songs to the standard of a professional band/artist. Parts, arrangement, tone and performance will all be analysed, with the emphasis on simplicity being taken to a very high standard. Attention to detail is paramount.
Live Performance Workshop (LPW)
Making the songs studied in Pre - Production work in a live setting. Learning to communicate ideas with other musicians, with the focus on a tight, well arranged and professional performance.
Sight Reading & Ear Training
Sharpening your ear. Learning sight reading skills that will give musicians the edge over the competition. The ability to sight-read music notation is essential for securing show gigs, teaching work and many other engagements in the music industry.
A comprehensive look at music theory and the practical application of theoretical concepts, essential for writing, arranging and understanding the science behind the song.
The Music Industry
Practical music industry knowledge that will help you plan your career. Musicians will be taken through all aspects of the music industry, including record and publishing deals, management, music synchronisation, legal issues, copyright, music teaching, live music, business plans, etc.
Music in Context
A history of classic artists placed in their social, historical and political context. Artists studied include Elvis Presley, Nina Simone, Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, David Bowie, Sex Pistols, Led Zeppelin, Public Enemy, Nirvana and Radiohead. Essential stylistic knowledge which will develop authenticity in performance.
Planning for key performances at local and national level. Rehearsal technique, promotion, marketing, leadership, venues and promoters, tour management, stage management and budgeting are all studied.
A chance to recap and review key areas of the curriculum, as well as receiving information relating to assessments, auditions and guests.
Minimum entry requirement for this course is 4 GCSEs at C or above(including English) and Grade 4 – 6 equivalency playing skills.
This qualification is equivalent to 2 A levels.
Performance experience an advantage.
BIMM Artist Development Diploma in Modern Music
- Mode of Attendance
- Length of Course
- 1 year
- Awarding Institution
- Teaching Institution
- The Brighton Institute of Modern Music
- Language of Study
- Final Award
- Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Music
- FHEQ Level
- 120 / 2 ‘A’ levels
- Reference Points
- Partner college (CSC) partnership procedures
Awarding body (Edexcel) procedures for centres
- Admissions Criteria
- All applicants must have 4 GCSEs at C or above including
English. Guitar, Bass, Drums & Vocals applicants also require
and Grade 4-6 equivalent playing skills.
Mature applicants (19+) who do not have the required GCSE’s
(or equivalent) yet are strong players can be considered for
APEL (Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning).
- Date of Course Specification:
- September 2011 (2011/12)
What makes this Course distinctive?
This is a qualification specific to BIMM and equivalent to two ‘A’ levels. It has a very practical and
vocational feel, and is the product of many years’ professional experience and research of a great number
of people. It is designed to:
- Provide you with a thorough grounding to ensure that you develop rounded skills and can be employed in a wide range of situations;
- Develop your own musical style;
- Focus your career goals;
- Prepare you for a unique and enjoyable career in music or to progress within Higher Education.
Successful completion of the BIMM programme will also gain you a nationally-recognised BTEC
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