Music Performance Diploma

Music Performance Diploma – Piano & Keyboard

Whether you’re relatively new to the piano or have been playing keyboards for a while now, a Music Performance Diploma piano course from HCM Ware, HCM Milton Keynes or HCM Letchworth can help you improve your playing technique and put you on the path to a career in music. Did you know? If you’re aged 16-19 you can study for free!

Course Info

At HCM Ware, Letchworth & Milton Keynes Music College, we have Piano & Keyboard Diplomas to suit all levels of learning. Whether you’re aged 16-19, or are 19+, there’s a globally recognised Music Diploma to suit you.

Level 2 Diploma

Our one-year intermediary Music Performance Diploma allows you to retake your English and/or Maths GCSEs or Functional Skills at the same time as studying music.

Level 3 Diploma

Our two-year advanced Music Performance Diploma is equivalent to three A-levels, making it a modern alternative to the traditional sixth form route.

Free for UK and EU students aged 18 or under.*

Funding options are available for students aged 19+.

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Whether you’re relatively new to the piano or have been playing keyboards for a while now, a Music Performance Diploma from HCM Ware, HCM Milton Keynes or HCM Letchworth can help you improve your playing technique and put you on the path to a career in music.

Taking a one-year Level 2 Keyboards and piano course will see you fall in love with music all over again. You’ll explore your instrument from new angles, will develop as a pianist and performer, and expand your music theory skills too. For those disappointed with their GCSEs results, it’s also a positive opportunity to retake English and/or maths GCSEs or Functional Skills while studying piano at the same time.

Studying a two-year Level 3 Keyboards and piano course is the same as taking three A-levels and is a unique approach to sixth form education, particularly for those with a passion for and interest in music. During your time with us, you’ll become a confident piano player and performer, with not only a good understanding of the way music works, but with realistic knowledge and practical experience of the music business too.

Studying a music performance Keyboards and piano course is free for UK and EU students aged 18 or under*, and funding options are available for those aged 19+ too.

When you study keyboards or the piano at HCM, you’ll cover a range of different areas to help you become a better pianist, such as:

  • Improvisational skills
  • Chord theory in the context of live performance
  • Notation and band chart reading
  • Sight reading and session skills
  • Experience of working with other rhythm section players
  • Music theory and knowledge
  • Songs from genres including pop, rock, soul, funk and jazz, chosen to help you process the keyboard techniques you’re studying and put them into context

*Conditions apply.

How to apply

If you’re ready to apply for your piano course at HCM Music College then you can complete our online music diploma application form by clicking the button below.  If you still have questions, no problem, you can either complete our enquiry form and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours or alternatively you can get in touch with the team directly on 01920 460646 or by email: – we’re here to answer all of your questions.

Assessment Info

As long as you have a passion for the piano and can play to a reasonable standard, you’re welcome to apply to study at HCM Music College. You don’t need to be at a certain piano grade or have previously had piano or keyboard lessons, and you don’t need to have formally studied music theory or have taken music at GCSE level.

When you apply for either a Level 2 or Level 3 Diploma keyboard and piano course, you’ll be invited to attend an assessment at HCM, carried out by a diploma piano tutor. They’ll evaluate your level as a pianist or keyboard player and, if you choose to study with us, this will help with your long-term plans and goal setting during your time at HCM.

Entry Requirements

Level 2

Music Performance Diploma – Piano/Keyboard: If your GCSE grades in maths and/or English are a grade D(3) or below, you’ll be required to retake GCSE or Functional Skills maths and/or English at the same time as you study your Level 2 music qualification.

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Level 3

Music Performance Diploma – Piano/Keyboard: Open to those with both GCSE maths and English at a grade C(4) or above, or a relevant full Level 2 qualification at Merit level or above, with an 100% attendance record in both maths and English.

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Fees & Funding

  • Our diploma courses are fully funded via the UK government for UK and EU students aged 16 to 18 years old.
  • For students aged 19-23, a diploma course may be fully funded depending on previous qualifications gained. Please ask for details.
  • For fee-paying students up to 23 years of age, the cost of a diploma course is £4,850.00 per year.
  • Funding and course costs for International Students are dealt with on an individual basis.
  • For bursary information, including help towards travel costs to college and financial support awarded on the basis of need, please contact our education partner Milton Keynes College’s Student Services.

Enrolment age is based on the student’s age as of 31 August of the year they wish to enrol.

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