This one year, level 2 course that will enable you to gain an introduction to the music industry and will allow you to progress to the next level, which is usually a Level 3 Diploma. It is an intensive course covering a range of areas and will diagnose which suits you best, whether it is performance or technology.
You will work on individual workstations enabling audio and MIDI sequencing as well as important introductory music theory elements and have an opportunity to work in our recording studios. Your project areas include: Recording, MIDI, Sequencing, Composition, Performance and Music Theory. You will also be introduced to event management, lighting and other areas related to the industry.
This practical work is supported by a comprehensive introduction to the contextual and theoretical studies which underpin a thorough understanding of the Music industries. There will be a series of supportive lectures and you will do written work that will help you to improve your writing and communication skills.
Music Performance Pathway
You will learn how to achieve a high standard in performance, as well as techniques for recording and mixing. Other units will focus on how the business works, from record plugging to artist management. Specialist lecturers on the course are practicing musicians within the industry and their advice and guidance will prove invaluable to your development.
You will develop your skills and understanding in a wide range of areas, including: Music Performance Techniques, Composition, Music Appreciation/History and The Music Industry. You will also be encouraged to take part in trips to music performances, and of course take part in live gigs here at the college and at other venues too.
Music Technology Pathway
This specialist qualification is for you if you are hoping to pursue a career in the music industry. It will train you practically on state of the art equipment in preparation for working in the many established and emerging roles related to music technology. You will work on individual workstations, equipped with audio/MIDI hardware and sequencing software such as Logic, Reason, and Ableton. Studio recording and mixing techniques are taught using two new recording studios - one with analogue equipment and a variety of outboard gear and the other with a digital ProTools HD system and surround sound monitoring. All tutors teaching on the course still work professionally in the music industry as performers, producers or engineers. The course includes workshops with industry specialists in various subjects including production, composition and the music business.
On our Music courses you will develop your skills and understanding in a wide range of specialist areas including: • Music Performance • Session Styles • Events Management • Marketing • Music Rehearsal Skills • Practical Harmony Application • Planning a Career in Music • Sound Design • Composition for Film & Games • Live Sound • Studio Recording Techniques • MIDI Sequencing • Analogue Synthesis • Creating a Sample Library • Music Technology in Performance • DJ Performance • Radio Programming • Music Video Production • Acoustics
Lighting workshop sessions are available with individual guidance. You will be able to book rooms and resources outside of timetabled sessions to gain confidence and experience on 'Industry standard equipment'. Our students are encouraged to take part in organised trips to music-related venues and professional studios. In addition, you will be supported in gaining work experience with the advice and guidance from experienced specialist lecturers being invaluable to your career development.