FAQ

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Here are some answers to frequently asked questions, if you have anything else you want to know, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your local centre: Edinburgh- 0131 656 0600 Glasgow- 0141 221 4458.

Q. What is the Academy of Music and Sound?

A. The Academy of Music and Sound are the largest independent providers of popular music education and training in Scotland. We specialise in developing musicians to begin working in the music industry. We have been in Glasgow and Edinburgh for ten years, offering music performance courses at BTEC Level 3, HNC, HND and BA(hons) level.

Q. What can I study?

A. You can study Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals, Singer Songwriter and Keyboards at HNC, HND and BA(Hons) levels. We also offer training for a number of opportunities, which we advertise for throughout the year. Keep an eye on our Facebook & Twitter pages for details of these opportunities when they arise.

Q. Can I study more than one instrument?

A. We believe in focusing on your development on one primary instrument, and so you will only be assessed on one instrument. However, if you are interested in learning multiple instruments, you are more than welcome to sit in on as many classes as you want (timetable permitting).

Q. Are there any age restrictions?

A. On our full time courses, you must be aged 16 at the start of the course in order to qualify for funding. There are no upper age limits on any of our full time courses.

Q. Where can I study?

A. We have two centres in Scotland, the Glasgow centre is on Jamaica Street, near Central Station and the Edinburgh centre is situated in the Grassmarket, below Red Dog Music. We also offer a range of blended learning options which allow you to study from the comfort of your own home. Full details of these options are coming soon, if you are interested in more details about these options, please get in touch here.

Q. What is involved in each of the courses?

A. We have a range of courses that address a number of different modules. Full details of the modules studied on the NC,  HNC, HND and BA(Hons) can be found here.

Q. How much will it cost to study?

A. The cost of studying depends on the course you choose, you country of residence and your previous academic history. If you want to study an HNC or HND course and are normally resident in Scotland with no previous Higher Education qualifications you will be able to apply to have all or part of your course fees paid for by SAAS. Full details of the funding available can be found on the SAAS website. If you want to study on the BA(hons) top up, there are course fees of £5995 which are payable to the University of Wolverhampton. It is possible to take a student loan to cover course fees and full details about this can be found on the Student Loan Company website.  International students should refer to their country of origin to identify student support opportunities.

Q. How do I apply?

A. You should complete an application form which can be requested here. Once you have completed and returned your application form you will be invited to attend an audition. This audition is how we assess whether you are suited to any of our courses. It is also your opportunity to identify whether The Academy of Music and Sound is suitable for you.

Q. What is involved in an audition?

A. When you attend an audition, you will be asked to perform a prepared piece to your assessor on your instrument. You will also be guided through a range of technical exercises, a list of which you will be given in advance to prepare. In addition to your practical audition, you will also complete a short music theory assessment and written statement. These tests are not designed to exclude you from our courses, they are used to identify any areas of support you may need before the courses start and during your time with us. You can find more information about each of our auditions in the links below:

Guitar

Bass

Drums

Vocals

Singer Songwriter

Q. What jobs can I get?

A. In all honesty, this depends on you! The music industry is undeniably a competitive industry but there are a wealth of opportunities available to talented individuals willing to to work hard. Musicians can work in a range of sectors, including composing, performing, teaching, therapy and entrepreneurship among many