Bang The DJ has gone back to school with PointBlank Online…
…and we’re bringing you weekly updates about the course, how it’s going, what we’ve learnt and so on. If you’ve ever wondered about taking an online course to improve your music in some way, then hopefully this might help you decide whether or not it’s for you.
All signed up and logged in, we take a quick tour around. The site has a simple design and navigation is easy, although you may not think about this initially when you sign up for something like this, being able to find your way to course materials etc is very important. Being able to find everything easily removes a lot of stress and lets you get on with your research and study — something which you may need to focus more energy into as the course progresses.
So what can you expect?
After reading through the Welcome to Point Blank Online greeting and the rest of the Getting Started material it was time to start learning. The Syllabus for week one initially looks very scary, but be assured that the rate in which the info is introduced will suit even the busiest persons study schedule. Being the first week, there was a reasonable amount of reading, but it shouldn’t be too much of a headache, even if you have a busy schedule. The info is well paced and consistent, and I felt I was learning from page one, but obviously the amount you learn will depend completely on each person’s individual knowledge.
Judging by what I’ve covered already, I’m sure that even a “Pro” could pick up some extra tips and good advice. As already mentioned, almost all of the learning comes from reading, but there are still a few videos to be watched, most of which are reasonably interesting. I’m a little unsure as to how much knowledge I actually gained from the videos in week one, but they do make a nice introduction and help get to know a bit more about the guys teaching you, which always helps.
Testing Testing 1,2,3
Yep thats right you’ll be tested! What’s more, not once not twice but three times!!! Don’t panic, the tests in week one were very reasonable. In fact, the three tests you take as you progress through the week are multi choice questions, and simply help you realise just how much you are taking notice of what you are supposed to be learning. This is a great concept that seems to work, after all you wouldn’t want to spend money and not learn anything along the way!
Every week has a discussion assignment too, where you should contribute at least a little of what you think on the chosen subject. I, unfortunately, missed the first week so hopefully can let you know more next week about this. Finally week one finishes off by uploading our given assignment. Our task for the week wasn’t too hard, we were simply asked to complete a simple outlined business plan.
Obviously I thought my business plan was rock solid, okay, well maybe not that solid, but the tutor Steve Hillier’s video response to my assignment was great. He helped me realise what may potentially be short falls in the business plan and had me rethinking parts while still having confidence in my ideas.
Week One Summary:
We honestly couldn’t have asked for a better start to any music industry course, the subject of music business is a scary world for many people. Thanks to what we’ve learnt already though, I can definitely see how we’re starting to scratch the surface and look forward to getting stuck into week two.
Check back next week for more, or if you’ve read enough already and can’t wait to sign up, you can simply enrol for one of the dates on site