AMS Swindon New Premises Launch

POSTED ON March 7th  - POSTED IN Swindon

On 30th January, AMS Swindon held the official opening event for their new centre. Situated at 1 Milton Road in the town centre, Swindon Music Courses are now easy to access.

AMS Swindon Launch Swindon Mayor Cllr Eric Shaw attended the event to cut the ribbon and officially open the newly refurbished academy. Of the new centre, Cllr Shaw said: “Centres like this are really important because they make the arts accessible to all. Now that the Academy is in the centre of town, it’s not only physically more accessible but will get a lot more attention from passers by and that can only be a good thing.”

Musicians guests make a smashing opening.

As well as official Mayoral Endorsement, local singer/songwriter legend Nick Harper attended the event to play a guest acoustic set. Harper christened the building by smashing a guitar on the entrance in true rock star fashion.Rachel Davis / Calyx Picture Agency

Following the opening ceremony, guest were able to tour the building at their leisure and enjoy live performances from the students in the brand new space.

Come and see for yourself

All in all, it was a fantastic evening for the academy of music and sound and the Swindon music scene. If you’re interested in touring the new centre, please contact or call us on 01793 644477.

AMS Scotland Open Events 2017

POSTED ON February 2nd  - POSTED IN Edinburgh, Glasgow

AMS Scotland Open Events

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 –

Glasgow – 0141 248 6269 –

For more information about up coming events why not follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

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 Edinburgh Taster Day

POSTED ON November 7th  - POSTED IN Edinburgh

000171Our 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.






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Graduation Ceremonies 2016

POSTED ON September 8th  - POSTED IN Edinburgh, Gateshead, Glasgow

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.

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!


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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