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Fast Track to your online BA degree in Performance Industries

POSTED ON December 7th  - POSTED IN Uncategorized

musician-handsDo you have 5+ years musical experience? You could be eligible for Fast Track entry to a BA degree in Performance Industries. Gain a BA qualification at your own pace and from home in 12 months (full time) or 18 months (part time).You can study from anywhere in the UK, with your own personal mentor and access to one of our 8 highly acclaimed study centres and facilities. With your proven experience as a musician you can access the final year of a full degree and launch your career to the next level in one of the many careers in the music industry.

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AMS Scotland Induction week.

POSTED ON August 22nd  - POSTED IN Uncategorized

We were very happy to welcome our new HNC students to our Glasgow & Edinburgh centres last week. The centres had organised a range of induction activities, including live performances, introductions to using Logic Pro X and a masterclass from Singer Songwriter, Nick Harper.

If you’re interested in staring our HNC courses this year, there’s still a bit of time to apply, you can contact your local centre to arrange an audition on 0131 656 0600 (Edinburgh) or 0141 221 4458 (Glasgow)

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Vote AMS Online mentor Kimwei McCarthy for Guitar Masters 2016!

POSTED ON August 18th  - POSTED IN Uncategorized

Our AMS Online mentor Kimwei McCarthy is participating in Guitar Masters 2016! The guitarist who collects the biggest amount of Youtube “THUMBS UP” by 30.08.2016 will win a guaranteed spot in Round II – Live auditions in Wrocław, Poland. || More info ||

“Kimwei was featured in three episodes of Guitar Star series 1 in 2015 (Sky Arts UK). She is an inventive and expressive guitar player, using every available part of the guitar in her compositions.

At 26 she began lecturing on a BA through Wolverhampton University/AMS, mentoring composition/songwriting/percussive guitar students and teaching film music. She has written percussive guitar materials for BTEC and songwriting materials for Foundation Degree. As a singer-songwriter she has self-released two albums. The most recent, ‘Refraction & Redemption’ is haunting and delicate, with a strong core of hope, to bring light to dark themes.”

AMS Swindon at Swindon Chilli Fiesta 2016

POSTED ON August 4th  - POSTED IN Uncategorized

The sun was shining on Wharf Green in Swindon on Saturday 30th July as 3 AMS Swindon students took to the stage at Swindon Chilli Fiesta 2016. Playing a mixture of covers and original material, Bradley Cowtan, Moesha Ottaway and Jordan Marvell entertained the ever-expanding crowd as they explored the firey offerings of the festival.

Congrats to all 3 students for their outstanding performances. Please check out Brad, Mo and Jordan’s music pages below and show them your support!

Special thanks go to Anthony and Rachael at inSwindon ( and Holmes Music ( for providing sound and equipment.

























AMS North East Singer-Songwriting teacher Barry Hyde and the Malody Ensemble

POSTED ON July 25th  - POSTED IN Uncategorized

AMS North East Song Writing teacher Barry Hyde has just been given a 4 star review for his gig at the weekend!


St Pancras Old Church, London
The Futureheads frontman revisits a decade of mental illness in a haunting, darkly funny and deeply moving set.




Academy of Music and Sound North East run stage at Corbridge Festival!

POSTED ON July 14th  - POSTED IN Uncategorized

Every year the students at Academy of Music and Sound North East get to run their own stage at Corbridge Festival, which is fast becoming one of the biggest festivals in the North East. Not only is this a chance for the students to play and show case their own music, but also to run a professional stage in an industry setting. This year they booked some external bands such as Jen Stevens and The Hiccups, The Warm Collective and Velvoir. These established bands drew in the crowds and ensured the tent was full all day.   JKG windows of Newcastle gave away a free guitar and Trinity London contributed to the event as well. The stage was run professionally and  the bands and audience had a great time! Well done to everyone involved.

– Dan Donnelly AMS North East centre manager

Fast Track your way to a BA (Hons) Performance Industries in 12 months.

POSTED ON July 9th  - POSTED IN Uncategorized


For most musicians, playing, creating and performing are things we are passionate about. Things that we HAVE to do, not just want to do. By developing your instrumental, creative and performance skills through practice, you will have amassed a great deal of experience that can be rewarded with FAST TRACK entry to the final year of the AMSonline BA(hons) in Performance Industries.

C Hargreaves CroppedFor those with previous experience of making and playing music, gaining a BA(hons) qualification can take as little as 12 (full time) or 18 (part time) months of  study. This is made possible through a process known as recognized prior learning, or RPL. RPL is a commonly used process in education aimed at “widening participation’ and inclusivity.

The process involves mapping your previous musical experiences against the knowledge and competencies that someone would expect to develop in the early years of a degree. One of our AMSonline advisors can provide a preliminary eligibility check in as little as 15 minutes, putting you on a FAST TRACK path to achieving BA(hons) in as little as 12 months.

 To find out if your eligible for direct final year entry to the AMSonline BA (hons) performance industries, call 0843 224 9300 to speak in confidence to one of our team, or and enquire online.

Earn more as a musician with an AMSonline BA(hons) in Performance Industries.

POSTED ON July 6th  - POSTED IN Uncategorized

In a survey of over 5000 working musicians, researchers from the Berklee college of music found that the average wage of those working in music was in the region of £35,000 p.a and that for more than half of respondents, this income was generated from a portfolio of 3 or more musical jobs. These findings are mirrored in the feedback of AMS’ graduate population. Of the 75% of our BA graduates that have secured music industry employment within 6 months of completing their course, a large number are working across multiple musical and managerial positions as they carve out their career in the industry.


“ The BA prepared me for working in the industry. It allowed me to understand how a self-employed musician makes a living and what they have to do in order to keep gaining work.”

(Michael Mackay, BA(hons) Performance Industries,)

“ The course content was varied, with business skills and lots of practical music skills. I’ve used all the skills I learned on the course in the year since I graduated and I think it’s made a real difference to how I regard myself as a creative professional. “
(Jena Thomson, BA (hons) Performance Industries)

 For those working in today’s modern music industry a flexible approach to employment will help you secure a more stable income.

With fast track entry, student funding and flexible learning hours available, the AMSonline BA(hons) in Performance Industries program could help you to unlock new earning opportunities as a working musician. For more information, please call our AMSonline advice line on 0843 224 9300, or visit

Clearing 2016

POSTED ON July 5th  - POSTED IN Uncategorized
Clearing 2016

Places available for 2016 start.

Clearing 2016 is open and we are happy to say we have a few spaces left for students still interested in studying Music at BTEC Level 3, Foundation Degree, HNC and BA(hons) Level and have spaces for people interested in studying Creative Music Production at Foundation Degree and BA(hons) Level.

Anyone interested in studying on one of our courses should call our clearing hotline on 01392 438474 where you will speak to one of our advisers. From there, your chosen centre will contact you directly to arrange and interview and audition.

You can also contact your chosen centre directly on the following details:

Music Performance and Creative Music Production Courses

Develop your Music Career

North East (Gateshead): / 0191 478 7879

Birmingham: / 0121 236 6066

Swindon: / 01793 644477

Southampton: / 023 8082 9666

Exeter: / 01392 427874

Edinburgh: / 0131 656 0600

Glasgow: / 0141 221 4458


Muscians – Having a Degree can help open up new career opportunities.

POSTED ON July 3rd  - POSTED IN Uncategorized


sb pic7While you certainly don’t need a degree in music to get gigs, join a band, enjoy or even get paid for making music, there is much research to support the fact that for many musicians, a music degree is the key to unlocking new career opportunities.

If you are struggling to establish a sustainable career in music, despite years of practice, experience and hard work, an AMSonline degree may be the essential ingredient  to help you achieve your goals.

Musicians with degree’s find it easier to secure work in education, either by qualifying to deliver lectures at college level, charging more for private lessons or gaining access to the cert ed post graduate qualification that allows them to teach professionally in schools. Many musicians use teaching as a stable supplement to their income, allowing them to pay the bills while continuing to pursue their artistic and performance passions. Teaching can be hugely rewarding and may lead to gains in playing/practice I’ve always felt my teaching improves my performing and helps me to have an intelligent approach to my own practice
(Alex Laing, Guardian)

How’s aboutthe development of transferrable skills and qualities? Having a degree can help to show that you have tenacity, that you see things through and are ultimately committed to your music. What about IT skills, networking, business and events management? These are all areas that you will develop through AMSonline’s BA(hons) in performance industries.
“ The BA definitely opened by eyes to the concept of having a portfolio career in the music industry…….,it showed me how easy (with the right mind set) having a career in music can be” (Alyssa Renwick, BA (hons) Performance Industries)

If you’re keen to create new opportunities in you musical career, call AMSonline on 0843 224 9300 and see if you can gain FAST TRACK entry into the final year of our BA(hons) Performance Industries. Visit for more info.