Music Maestros

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David Wall
The Maestro Programme
The Maestro Programme is designed for those who are gifted and talented in music and want to progress further in their musical studies. On completion students will achieve a Rockschool Level 3 Certificate in Music Practitioners, which counts towards UCAS points and is accepted as an entry qualification for some universities and conservatories. Students will study a pathway of either composition, performance, music business or music technology. The course has close links with Higher Education providers including The Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester University, Huddersfield University in addition to a wide range of employers.

Who should follow the programme?

The Maestro programme is a specialist course for those who have a love of music. To access this elective you need to be studying A level Music or alternatively BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Music Technology.

What activities can you expect to experience?

Whilst studying this course, you will study a strand of music from composition, performance, technology or music business. You will create a unique project which allows you to follow your own path and create something you are interested in.


  • Composing Music (Styles)
  • Demonstrate skills to create finished musical works in defined styles evaluating the results and
  • on skill development
  • Work alone to compose two completed musical pieces, each a minimum of three and a maximum of four minutes
  • Describe the arrangement of the composed pieces
  • Evaluate how well the compositions created met the specified criteria


  • Live music performance and analysis. Students are required to demonstrate the skills to perform a set in a specific live environment and identify strengths and areas for improvement
  • Analyse personal aims in relation to the live performance of a musical set
  • Analyse a range of suitable, available performance situations
  • Undertake the live music performance
  • Draw conclusions on the success

  • Music Sequencing and Production: Demonstration use of digital audio workstation software to create a project file and evaluate the results
  • Use synthesis, sampling, quantisation, audio and midi editing, automation, the use of inserts and send effects and bouncing
  • Create a project log to explain the work undertaken


  • Getting Work in Music: Establish strategies for generating sustainable income in the UK music industry
  • Evaluate three roles or functions within supply chain or areas of work in the music industry
  • Devise and explain personal strategies to generate revenue
  • Evaluate learning by assembling a portfolio

What about trips and visits?

  • Unique opportunities to meet experts in the field of music 
  • A visit from the Royal Northern College of Music
  • A variety of trips and visits to other institutions

You will develop the following employability skills:

  • Perseverance
  • Independent working
  • Responsibility
  • Team work

You will also be able to undertake RSM Grade 5 Music Theory qualification

What will this elective lead to after SJR?

The skills and knowledge gained from the programme will support students in their application to study a music related course at university.

Nurturing rising talent

Our Elective Programme is designed to help you develop your gifts and interests as part of an enhanced level 3 programme. We will help you realise your potential by nurturing your talent and preparing you for study at the most prestigious universities or for progression to competitive higher-level apprenticeships. Your options range from our Honours Programme, which might include following a fourth A level, to specialist Futures Programmes that will support your career goals.

Competitive sport

The college has a number of teams that play as part of the Association of College’s league and are very competitive each year. We play games on a Wednesday afternoon, so this will make up part of your time-table.

There will be trials for male and female football, male and female rugby league and netball on Wednesday 9th September at 1.30pm, meet at the Sports Hall. Following trials will be a pizza and soft drink meeting in the Sports Hall to give you more information on the season. Hockey and Basketball will follow during the first week. Details will be emailed.

  • Male Football
  • Female Football
  • Male Rugby League
  • Female Rugby League
  • Netball
  • Basketball
  • Hockey