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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.

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 –

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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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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


AMS Edinburgh’s End of Term Gigs!

POSTED ON May 13th  - POSTED IN Uncategorized

Photo’s from the events

This week Edinburgh held two end of term gigs for their BA and HNC students.
Well done to everyone, the standard of performance was fantastic!

The HNC EOTG for term 3 is always an opportunity for students to demonstrate how their skills and confidence have developed through the year. Mondays performance was held in the popular Edinburgh venue “Carbaret Voltaire”, situated in the heart of the Edinburgh old town. With a wide ranging musical program ranging from Soul to the Sex Pistols, the HNC’s entertained the crowd with performances that demonstrated technical skill, professionalism, stage craft and a real sense of confidence in their ability. As a tutor, seeing the musical development of learners is the most satisfying part of the job. The difference in performance levels and confidence between their first gig and this one really is remarkable. For this gig the students were responsible for the planning and running of the event. The night was a real success and everybody should be very proud of their efforts.
– Andrew Smith HNC course coordinator/Duty Manager

























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Nick Harper @ Exeter Old Timers

POSTED ON May 5th  - POSTED IN Uncategorized

An amazing event full of outstanding performances!

Friday the 29th of April AMS Exeter hosted an absolutely sensational gig from guitarist extraordinaire Nick Harper, with supporting performances from The Academy of Music and Sound’s Principal Steve Ryan (Rev Hammer) and AMS Exeter’s Singer-Songwriting teacher Alex Johnstone. It was a full house at The Old Timer’s venue for this talent packed night full of music! Not only did Nick put on a fantastic show, he also attended our Exeter Centre during the day to host a special master class and question and answer session for our students. Thank you Nick, we are all very much looking forward to seeing you again soon!

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AMS North East’s Fletcher Jackson Band tipped as one to go and see by The Indiependent

POSTED ON April 27th  - POSTED IN Gateshead, Uncategorized

Booked to play Live at Leeds festival!

AMS North east students the Fletcher Jackson Band are fast becoming the North East’s hottest ticket! They are not only booked to play Live at Leeds festival but they are tipped as one of the bands
to go and see by the Indiependent!
“For fans of the new wave of Bob Dylan imitators, take a detour to catch Fletcher Jackson’s set. He’s bringing back what Jake Bugg was trying to do with his debut album, but in a slightly more refreshing way. A raw, tuneful voice coupled with chugging guitars and pleasing melodies, Jackson’s songs will be a welcome respite from the more mainstream acts on the line up.”
– Zia Larty-Healy, The Indiependant.