For those of you who missed out on our open events this year, don’t worry, as we will be running both tasters days and open evenings again in the new year!
On the 25th of February we will be holding another taster day. During this event, you will have the chance to attend a Music Careers presentation, where we will discuss the courses available at The Academy of Music and Sound and the possible career paths within the music industry, along with workshops ranging from Guitar Techniques, Vocal Ensemble, Songwriting and Recording Techniques. At the end the day there will also be short performances from a number of our current students and staff.In addition to our Taster Day, we will be running opening evenings on the 15th of March, 12th of April and 17th of May . These events will run from 6pm at our centre in the Grassmarket and will give individuals the opportunity to have a look around the centre, meet our staff and ask any questions about our courses.
To top that, everyone who attends an open evening is entitled to a free audition voucher (value £15).
To book onto any of our events contact your nearest centre:
Edinburgh – 0131 656 0600 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Glasgow – 0141 248 6269 – email@example.com
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Our AMS Edinburgh centre had a fantastic taster day for students interested in performance courses on Saturday 5th November. Attendees were able to participate in a range of workshops, including, guitar, vocals and songwriting. The day was finished with great performances of the results of songwriting workshops, performances from current HNC students and from members of staff.
For more information about open days at any of our centres, you should contact your local centre directly.
Students and staff from our centres in Glasgow, Edinburgh & North East (Gateshead) gathered together on 9th September to celebrate the graduation of students from our BA(hons) Performance Industries course. Guests were treated to a guitar performance from Hamish Roberts before the ceremony began. Speeches from our Principal; Steve Ryan and Academic Director; Shaun Baxter preceded a speech from Dean of Faculty; John Pymm. Recipients of the award were presented by representatives from each of our centres.
Our lovely Scottish Lead Teacher, Carrie has just released this fantastic video for her forthcoming single, A rhythm between work and sleep. The track is a heady mix of electronica and house with Carrie’s haunting vocals and live guitars. Don’t take our word for it though, you can listen here.
Our Scottish centres are please to announce that this Summer they will be offering both weekend and week intensive courses in Sound Production, where students will work towards achieving a BTEC Level 3 Award in Sound Production. This program will give students hands on experience with Logic Pro X, microphones, midi recording and a host of other useful skills and knowledge that will help you in home recording or set you up for further study in Sound Production.
On successful completion, you will be awarded a BTEC Level 3 Award in Sound Production. Throughout the whole process you will receive guidance and support from one of the AMS’ specialist trainers.
This course is available free of charge, however, spaces are strictly limited so it is advised that you book ASAP.
This free course is available at the Academy of Music and Sound’s Edinburgh (Grassmarket) and Glasgow (Jamaica Street) centres on the following dates
Session 1 = Mon 4th – Fri 8th July
Session 2 = Mon 11th – Fri 15th July
Session 3 = Mon 18th – Fri 22nd July
Session 4 = Mon 25th – Fri 29th July
The weekend course will run both Saturday and Sunday from the 2nd till the 17th of July.
All classes will run from 10am-6pm and a commitment to attend all classes is required.
Call 0131 656 0600 / 0141 221 4458 for more information. To apply for a place, please complete your application form here: Apply Now
Please note, this course is only available to those 16 years old and over.
Higher Education at the Academy of Music and Sound has never been more attractive!
The Academy of Music and Sound has a strong history of preparing students for rigours of the modern music industry. We are conscious that this is a rapidly changing industry we’re preparing our students for and so we can’t stand still when it comes to our student experience. Our Foundation Degree courses in Music and Creative Music Production and BA (hons) in Performance Industries are constantly reviewed, evaluated and updated in light of changes in the industry. However today, your degree is only part of the story when it comes to your education, modern musicians needs to be incredibly skilled on their instrument, or in their discipline. However, they also need to be experienced and connected. In response to this, we have developed a brand new, comprehensive enrichment program. All Higher Education students will have exclusive access to this program;
Our industry led masterclasses will provide specific training and connections with top class practitioners. Previous masterclasses have been delivered by Nat Powers, Newton Faulkner, Futureheads, Bumblefoot, Vintage Trouble, PRS, Musicians Union and many more.
Our industry mentor scheme will connect students with dedicated professionals who will offer help and advice. The mentors will be available throughout the course and for 6 months after graduation to really help students to get their careers off the ground.
Our mentors include:
- Roy Harter: New York based Emmy award-winning, composer, sound designer and audio mixer, best known for his work in television and film. He is also a multi-instrumentalist for various performing and recording artists. Roy is the founder and owner of the post-production facility SkinnyMan, located in New York City.
- Glen Brady: Based in California, Glen Brady is a music producer & audio engineer. He writes and produces music which has been used by on TV networks such as CBS, Fox Sports, MTV, CW Network and Sky Sports. Glen specializes in analogue synth systems, modular synths and drum machines.
- Simon Efemey: A record producer, noted for his work with Napalm Death, Paradise Lost, Obituary, Amorphis, Deceased & The Wildhearts. Simon also works mixing live sound for The Wonder Stuff, Jesus Jones, Napalm Death, Diamond Head, Orson & Obituary.
- Rick McMurray: Founding member of Alternative Rock band Ash, Rick has toured the world as a drummer. Rick has extensive experience of the live and record industry, working professionally since the early 90s!
- Plus many more, covering all aspects of the music industry!
At the end of your first year on the Foundation Degree in Music Performance, students will be taken on a tour bus to a showcase event at a location within the UK. They will showcase their talents at a gig with students from across the UK. After the gig, they will spend the night on a tour bus as they’re taken home. Music Performance students will be given delegate passes to Liverpool Sound City where you can network with the who’s who of the UK music industry. Music Production students will have the opportunity to attend Sónar in Barcelona.
Applications for our courses starting in September 2016 are still open. Apply via UCAS for the Foundation Degree courses and through the University of Wolverhampton for the BA (hons) course. Our Foundation Degrees are available in our Birmingham, Exeter, Gateshead, Swindon and Southampton centres and our BA (hons) course is available in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Gateshead, Birmingham, Swindon, Southampton and Exeter.
We are now proud to offer HNC Keyboards to our list of specialisms.
The Academy of Music and Sound in Edinburgh are specialists in Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals and Singer Songwriter tuition. We have been working in Edinburgh for the past 10 years delivering world class music education and training. We are now proud to add Keyboards to our list of specialisms. We are pleased to add a very limited number of places on our HNC course in Keyboards starting in August this year.
As a Keyboard player at The Academy of Music and Sound, you will receive instrument specific lessons on our Yamaha stage pianos, you will also get the opportunity to perform live regularly. In addition to work on your instrument, you will also receive instruction on Songwriting, Composition, Music Business and Professional Practice, and Music Theory.
To apply for one of these coveted spaces, you need to arrange an audition at The Academy of Music and Sound so book your slot
PLEASE CONTACT US ON 0131 656 0600 OR EDINBURGH@ACADEMYOFMUSIC.AC.UK
HNC, HND and BA(hons) Courses
The Academy of Music and Sound Edinburgh are still accepting application for all courses. We offer full time, funded courses in Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals and Singer Songwriter at SQA HNC and HND levels as well as a BA (hons) Top Up in Performance Industries.
We’ve got a limited number of spaces left, to book an audition or to find out more information please call 0131 656 0600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
1 Week Intensive Summer Course In Sound Production.
The Academy of Music & Sound Edinburgh are offering a 1 week intensive summer course for Sound Production. This program will give you hands on experience with Pro-Tools, microphones, midi recording and a host of other useful skills and knowledge that will help you in home recording or set you up for further study in Sound Production.
On successful completion, you will be awarded a BTEC Level 3 award in Sound Production to evidence your new-found recording abilities and throughout the whole process you will receive guidance and support from one of the AMS specialist trainers.
This course is available free of charge, however, spaces are strictly limited so it is advised that you book onto your preferred date ASAP.
This free course is available at the Edinburgh Centre (Grassmarket) on the following dates:
Session 1 = Mon 6th – Fri 10th July
Session 2 = Mon 13th – Fri 17th July
Session 3 = Mon 20th – Fri 24th July
To book please get in touch with The Academy of Music & Sound on 0131 656 0600 or email@example.com.
The course will also be available in the Glasgow centre (Jamaica Street) on the following dates.
Session 1 = Mon 15th – Fri 19th June
Session 2 = Mon 22nd – Fri 26th June
Session 3 = Monday 29th June- Friday 3rd July
Call 0141 221 4458 to book into Glasgow.
Legend Bruce Findlay has been honoured with an ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music’ award
The founder of the famous independent music store, Bruce’s Record Shop and former manager of Simple Minds was presented with the award at the launch night for the Scottish Alternative Music Awards on Wednesday evening.
Sponsored by the Academy of Music and Sound, the inaugural award honours the biggest names in Scottish music for their work in the industry.
The 71-year-old said: “I am thrilled to receive the first Outstanding Contribution to Music award at this year’s Scottish Alternative Music Awards.
“The Scottish Alternative Music Awards pleases me because I’ve always felt alternative to the mainstream and I am genuinely humbled by this award being given by a relatively new and useful organisation to the music industry.”
Bruce Findlay with Edinburgh band Bwani Junction who performed live at the SAMA launch
Bruce first ventured into the world of music in 1967 when he and his brother opened their own record shop in Falkirk.
Famous for their unique red carrier bags emblazoned with the caption ‘I Found It At Bruce’s’, Bruce’s Record Shop quickly became a favourite for music fans with a taste for underground rock.
By the mid-1970’s Bruce had launched a record label named Zoom Records, where he signed local teenage band Simple Minds in 1978 and helped set them on the road to becoming global stars.
He recently appeared on STV’s Grass-Roots Music to talk about his time working with the band.
Richy Muirhead, founder and director of the Scottish Alternative Music Awards said: “Bruce Findlay is a massive national and global legend, what he has achieved, it’s remarkable.
“For someone of my age, which is 26, that’s really inspiring and I think what we need to do is inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs, marketers, managers and artists and hopefully this award [for Outstanding Contribution to Music] will do exactly that”.