Students are encouraged to choose the course that is right for them. We offer GCSE, Btec Production Btec and Performance. Students can work to their strengths and develop a greater understanding of performance and composition.
The BTEC is a very exciting course that enables young people to develop themselves as artists. At QECC we want all of our students to be able to realise their own potential. Studying Btec allows students greater freedom to do this.
Students cover a range of areas and are encouraged to arrange their own concerts.
The units we cover are:
Unit 1: Working in the music industry
Unit 2: Professional development in the music industry
Unit 3: Planning a musical product
Unit 4: Solo musical performance
Unit 6: Working as a musical ensemble
Unit 11: Rehearsal techniques for musicians
Unit 13: Exploring musical improvisation
The GCSE is an exciting course which offers students the opportunity to develop their
compositional, performance and listening skills. Students are encouraged to develop
themselves as artists and given the time and opportunity in an environment
where success is recognised and valued.
Group performance in the Atrium
This course is divided into three units:
Listening and Appraising
Each unit will be integrated into a programme of study looking at a variety of styles and genres of music. The course will be divided into four main areas of study incorporating these different styles and genres. The four areas are as follows:
Western Classical Music (1600-1899)
Music of the 20th Century
Popular Music in Context
Composition coursework (30%)
- two compositions in contrasting styles
Performance coursework (30%)
- perform one solo and one ensemble performance.
Written Examination (40%)
- a 90-minute written paper with listening CD.
Last updated: 24 June 2012
Playing piano is a great life-long hobby . The most important part in learning to play the piano is enjoyment and it teaches you to concentrate and multitask. Do discuss what you would like to get out of your piano lessons and they can be tailored to your requirements.
Frederiek Maddock studied with Trinity College London for her piano teaching degree and has taught for 25 years in England and abroad. She currently teaches piano at a number of local schools and privately, She has accompanied a number of instrumental players, singers and a choir.
Graduate with experience of teaching (and playing) in a wide variety of genres. Annie's teaching is based on appreciating and fostering the individual interest and ability that each student brings, combined with careful planning, to cover, to an appropriate standard, all the varied aspects of instrumental playing, and music, including improvising, playing by ear and music exams. She keeps up to date with the latest and best in instrumental technique, musicianship and teaching through membership of instrumental organisations; attendance at master classes, workshops, and instrumental teacher training events; and is a mentor on the Trinity/ Open University training programme for instrumental teachers. She provides students with a music diary for work between lessons, and parents with annual reports at the end of the spring term.
Ben started his music career at the age of five, when he joined the Devon Youth Orchestra as a percussionist. Since then, Ben has played professionally in both Europe and the Americas where he wrote radio jingles for Mexican and Canadian radio. He continues to play in a variety of ensembles from latin and funk through to experimental jazz. He has been teaching drums and percussion since 1995.
Catherine Warren (BAhons, PGdip, LRSM) studied at Bath Spa University College and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She has conducted the Exeter Male Voice Choir for six years and has been Musical Director for Crediton-based singing group 'Mellow D' for two years. Catherine often directs the music for several local amateur theatre groups, and teaches piano and cello. She is a founding member of the Exe Valley String Quartet.
I moved here from the Netherlands in 1999 and have gradually built up a teaching practise in and around Crediton. I combine teaching music with running the Devon Mediation Service (neighbour disputes), which is a brilliant combination for me. I love playing and teaching the violin and learn a huge amount from my students. I teach all grades and am also very happy for students not to take any grades at all. I am very keen to create opportunities for children to play together (I started an orchestra at Copplestone school, which has been really good fun). I do expect my students to put in some work at home, but appreciate there are times that there are lots of other pressures on them (school work for example). I charge £12 for 30 minutes.
Teaching privately and at schools for 30 years. All styles, all grades (rock school and RGT) Played semi-professionally since I was 16; played electric and acoustic folk, blues, jazz, rock and sundry other styles! Played solo in bands and written and performed for theatre groups. I also play and teach bass guitar, banjo (4 and 5 string) and mandolin; I also play musical saw, phonofiddle and various odd instruments. Hobbies: walking, djembe drumming, luthiery, bagu chuan.
I have been vocal tutor at QE for 4 years and I led the QE choir for 3 years. I have a PGCE Primary Education and currently lead 3 Community Choirs in the South West.
I work as a freelance vocal tutor in primary schools in Devon and have worked for Singup (the government initiative to bring singing into
schools) regularly with teachers and pupils over the last 3 years.
Whilst I am not professionally trained as a singer I am passionate about singing and am a member of the Natural Voice practitioner's Network - whose belief is that singing is our birthright. I aim to support young people to grow in confidence and find their natural singing voice. There is also an opportunity for singers to take Rock School Vocal Exams.