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Exeter BTEC Student In Regional Finals of the Teen Star Competition!

POSTED ON April 4th  - POSTED IN Exeter

Huge well done to Amy Walklett, Exeter first year BTEC student, has reached the Regional finals of the Teen Star Comeptition. See below for offical press release.

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Amy Walklett from Beaminster has been given the big thumbs up by judges at the TeenStar audition in Southampton. Along with other impressive acts, Amy has made it through to the Regional Finals of the UK’s only singing and dancing competition exclusively for teens and pre-teens, and will now be performing in a live showcase in the competition.

TeenStar is an exciting national singing and dancing competition searching for the UK’s best teen and pre-teen singers, singer/songwriters, rappers, dancers and dance groups of all genres and styles. TeenStar is brought to you by Future Music, the company behind the discovery of artists such as Jacob Banks, Warner Music’s Birdy and Union J’s Jaymi Hensley. For the first time, ever, the competition has now opened its doors to dancers too! With even more talent entering the competition, the TeenStar competition is an exciting opportunity for teens and pre-teens across the UK.

One contestant who has evidently caught the judge’s eye is local talent Amy Walklett, who is now in the running to follow in the footsteps of previous winners Luke Friend and Emily Middlemas, and compete for a place in the Grand Final. Thousands of hopefuls entered TeenStar nationwide and hundreds of auditionees queued patiently on the day for their turn to impress the judges. Those who made it through the audition stage will now take part in a live Regional head-to-head battle alongside the best talent in their area. They’ll be performing in front of hundreds of audience members and a professional judging panel to win a place at the National Grand Final.

Chris Grayston, Events Coordinator for TeenStar comments “We are looking to find an act that has something unique to offer, another Birdy or Luke Friend that can go all the way, with both the ability to deliver a strong live performance but also potential to become a professional recording artist or dance act. Now with the addition of dance acts, these shows are going to be so exciting to watch and judge! There is so much talent out there I’m sure we can find that star again!”

The competition is divided into age categories – ‘Late Teens’ (16-19), ‘Mid Teens’ (13-15) and a special category searching for the stars of tomorrow, the Pre-Teens! All types of singers and dancers are invited to enter TeenStar. All entrants are aiming to make it to that prestigious Grand Final where the spotlight will be shone on them and they’ll have the chance win some huge prizes such as; recording an album, shooting a music video, scholarships to the Flawless Dance School, sponsorship from Squad Dancewear and more.

The latter stages of the competition will also provide acts with the opportunity to impress many guests from record labels, agencies and the entertainment industry as well as judges from BBC Introducing, national radio and regional press. Past judges for Future Music competitions include Radio 1’s Annie Nightingale MBE, KISS FM’s Charlie Hedges and four time Ivor Novello award winner Mark Hill, also known as one half of the Artful Dodger, plus A&R reps from Sony, Warner and Syco Entertainment.

Birdy’s career has gone from strength-to-strength since winning a Future Music Competition in 2008, after securing a deal with Warner Music and watching her debut album achieve Gold status in the UK and platinum status throughout Europe, and receiving a 2014 BRIT award nomination. Hopefully the TeenStar 2017 winner can go on to gain a similar success.

If you’d like to hear more from Amy and follow her progress in the competition you can visit her Facebook page @amywalklettmusician or her twitter @amywalklett; and to watch her latest covers, look for her on YouTube!

For more information go to the website! You can purchase tickets from the website, as well as on the door subject to availability or from Amy Walklett.

Newton Faulkner at The Academy of Music & Sound Exeter

POSTED ON May 31st  - POSTED IN Events, Exeter

Newton Faulkner delivers a fantastic masterclass at the Academy of Music & Sound in Exeter

We were very lucky recently to host a fantastic masterclass from Newton Faulkner in out Exeter centre. The masterclass was focussed on songwriting, guitar techniques, the experience of working in the music industry and how to get started in the industry. After the masterclass, Newton was kind enough to stay and speak individually to each student in the room, taking the time to offer tailored advice and guidance to each student.

Centre manager Laura Wright said: The masterclass was absolutely brilliant. Newton Faulkner is a highly skilled guitarist, songwriter and performer and to have him here at our centre, performing live for us was a real privilege. Our students went away on a high after being inspired and motivated to try out new techniques and to keep working hard towards their own musical careers.

Becky Walker, a student on the BTEC Level 3 Music Singer-Songwriter course said: It was a great intimate experience, with great humour and some enriching stories that further made me want to branch out and better myself

Following the success of the masterclass, Newton is now in the process of developing a signature Songwriting module for the Academy of Music and Sound as part of the Foundation Degree Singer-Songwriter course, ready for delivery next September. This news has further delighted Higher Education students at the Academy of Music and Sound. This module will be available to all of our Foundation Degree students alongside our brand new Higher Education Enrichment program.


Sara Sanders, from the Music Degree course said about Newton: “He was so down to earth, which was refreshing to see. It was great to hear about his experiences”

Higher Education at the Academy of Music and Sound

POSTED ON April 8th  - POSTED IN Edinburgh, Exeter, Gateshead, Glasgow

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!

Live Performance

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.

Bare Knuckle Parade- Diamond Eyes

POSTED ON March 4th  - POSTED IN Exeter

Former Exeter student Jamie Beale’s band Bare Knuckle Parade have just released the video for their new single Diamond Eyes and we think it’s great! Jamie studied on our BTEC Level 3 course and since releasing his first single as Jamie Beale and the Backline with Tristan Evans from The Vamps on drums with the Academy of Music and Sound, Jamie has gone from strength to strength!

Check out the new video here


Catch the band somewhere near you in April! 

Phil Smyth Super Saturday at Exeter

POSTED ON April 14th  - POSTED IN Exeter


It’s Saturday again…

Local hero Phil Smyth performs regularly in Exeter and surrounding area and has a network of great musicians he works with.

On Saturday 26th April he will be back in the house with his band to give a performance and instrument specific band day from 11am until 3pm.

This event is open to all young local musicians and is a FREE day. We are after bass players, singers, guitarists, keyboards and drummers! If you write your own material, so much the better, ever wanted to hear it played with a band? Perfect! Phil Smyth can help!

The Phil Smyth Super Saturday is open to young musicians aged 14-17, some prior playing experience is needed to get the most from the day. Refreshments will be provided, but attendees will need to bring their own lunch or money.

We have to keep an eye on numbers, so please call to book your place on 01392 427874[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]