Free Short Courses


Short courses will give you hands-on experience, access to industry knowledge, professional equitment and a host of other useful skills and knowledge. On successful completion, you will be awarded a BTEC Level 3 and throughout the whole process, you will receive guidance and support from one of AMS’s specialist trainers.

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Short courses in music production
Professional Tutors
Regional Centres


Sound Production

Do you have interest in sound production? Or just want to learn how to record your own music at home? Our free Sound Production short course offers a comprehensive introduction to everything you need to know about recording techniques.

This includes recording live instruments, MIDI recording, layering, mixing, mastering and more.  With access to industry-standard audio equipment and software, as well as expert tutors to get you up to speed, the course is a perfect introduction to the modern recording industry.


Glasgow dates

  • Saturday 13th October – 17th November (6 consecutive Saturdays, 10AM – 5PM)
  • Sunday 28th October – 2nd December (6 consecutive Sundays, 10AM – 5PM)


Edinburgh dates



WiLMS (Glasgow only)

If you’re looking to develop your ability on an instrument or improve your songwriting, this is the course for you. Allowing you to work towards a creative project and live performance, it provides an accurate representation of working within live music to a professional standard.

You can learn from our accomplished team of active musicians while in a supportive, small group environment.  You’ll design your own practice routine, play solo pieces and collaborate with other musicians. The course provides an excellent grounding to progress within the music industry, and is a great opportunity to meet and work with like-minded musicians.

You must be 16+ in order to attend this course, terms and conditions apply.



Hamish Roberts Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop (WiLMS)



Donna Macioca Songwriting Workshop (WiLMS)



Allan James Drum Workshop (WiLMS)


Digital Synthesis and Sampling (Glasgow Only)

The course will cover techniques for digital synthesis and sampling. You will learn how to make your own digital instrument using Axoloti Patcher and an Axoloti Core (provided) which you can take away at the end of the course. You will also learn about the technical side of setting up your instrument in a studio or live setting, giving a short musical demonstration of your instrument on the last day of the course.

  • Monday 8th October – Friday 12th October (week intensive, 10AM – 5PM with final performance on Friday 19th October)
Fife College

Level: 3
Length: Various
Fees: FREE
Study Locations:
Edinburgh • Glasgow

How to Apply
Our free short courses are only available at our centres in Scotland. Contact Edinburgh or Glasgow to apply.