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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Glasgow – 0141 248 6269 – email@example.com
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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:
North East (Gateshead): firstname.lastname@example.org / 0191 478 7879
Birmingham: email@example.com / 0121 236 6066
Swindon: firstname.lastname@example.org / 01793 644477
Southampton: email@example.com / 023 8082 9666
Exeter: firstname.lastname@example.org / 01392 427874
Edinburgh: email@example.com / 0131 656 0600
Glasgow: firstname.lastname@example.org / 0141 221 4458
Our Scottish centres are please to announce that this Summer they will be offering both weekend and week intensive courses in Sound Production, where students will work towards achieving a BTEC Level 3 Award in Sound Production. This program will give students hands on experience with Logic Pro X, microphones, midi recording and a host of other useful skills and knowledge that will help you in home recording or set you up for further study in Sound Production.
On successful completion, you will be awarded a BTEC Level 3 Award in Sound Production. Throughout the whole process you will receive guidance and support from one of the AMS’ specialist trainers.
This course is available free of charge, however, spaces are strictly limited so it is advised that you book ASAP.
This free course is available at the Academy of Music and Sound’s Edinburgh (Grassmarket) and Glasgow (Jamaica Street) centres on the following dates
Session 1 = Mon 4th – Fri 8th July
Session 2 = Mon 11th – Fri 15th July
Session 3 = Mon 18th – Fri 22nd July
Session 4 = Mon 25th – Fri 29th July
The weekend course will run both Saturday and Sunday from the 2nd till the 17th of July.
All classes will run from 10am-6pm and a commitment to attend all classes is required.
Call 0131 656 0600 / 0141 221 4458 for more information. To apply for a place, please complete your application form here: Apply Now
Please note, this course is only available to those 16 years old and over.
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!
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.
Higher Education at the Academy of Music and Sound has never been more attractive!
The Academy of Music and Sound has a strong history of preparing students for rigours of the modern music industry. We are conscious that this is a rapidly changing industry we’re preparing our students for and so we can’t stand still when it comes to our student experience. Our Foundation Degree courses in Music and Creative Music Production and BA (hons) in Performance Industries are constantly reviewed, evaluated and updated in light of changes in the industry. However today, your degree is only part of the story when it comes to your education, modern musicians needs to be incredibly skilled on their instrument, or in their discipline. However, they also need to be experienced and connected. In response to this, we have developed a brand new, comprehensive enrichment program. All Higher Education students will have exclusive access to this program;
Our industry led masterclasses will provide specific training and connections with top class practitioners. Previous masterclasses have been delivered by Nat Powers, Newton Faulkner, Futureheads, Bumblefoot, Vintage Trouble, PRS, Musicians Union and many more.
Our industry mentor scheme will connect students with dedicated professionals who will offer help and advice. The mentors will be available throughout the course and for 6 months after graduation to really help students to get their careers off the ground.
Our mentors include:
- Roy Harter: New York based Emmy award-winning, composer, sound designer and audio mixer, best known for his work in television and film. He is also a multi-instrumentalist for various performing and recording artists. Roy is the founder and owner of the post-production facility SkinnyMan, located in New York City.
- Glen Brady: Based in California, Glen Brady is a music producer & audio engineer. He writes and produces music which has been used by on TV networks such as CBS, Fox Sports, MTV, CW Network and Sky Sports. Glen specializes in analogue synth systems, modular synths and drum machines.
- Simon Efemey: A record producer, noted for his work with Napalm Death, Paradise Lost, Obituary, Amorphis, Deceased & The Wildhearts. Simon also works mixing live sound for The Wonder Stuff, Jesus Jones, Napalm Death, Diamond Head, Orson & Obituary.
- Rick McMurray: Founding member of Alternative Rock band Ash, Rick has toured the world as a drummer. Rick has extensive experience of the live and record industry, working professionally since the early 90s!
- Plus many more, covering all aspects of the music industry!
At the end of your first year on the Foundation Degree in Music Performance, students will be taken on a tour bus to a showcase event at a location within the UK. They will showcase their talents at a gig with students from across the UK. After the gig, they will spend the night on a tour bus as they’re taken home. Music Performance students will be given delegate passes to Liverpool Sound City where you can network with the who’s who of the UK music industry. Music Production students will have the opportunity to attend Sónar in Barcelona.
Applications for our courses starting in September 2016 are still open. Apply via UCAS for the Foundation Degree courses and through the University of Wolverhampton for the BA (hons) course. Our Foundation Degrees are available in our Birmingham, Exeter, Gateshead, Swindon and Southampton centres and our BA (hons) course is available in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Gateshead, Birmingham, Swindon, Southampton and Exeter.
We are so pleased to congratulate our good friend and mentor, Bruce Findlay on his induction into the Glasgow Barrowlands Hall of Fame. Bruce has been a long time supporter of the Academy of Music and Sound and is a legend in the music industry, and so this award is so thoroughly well deserved and we are very proud to call Bruce our friend!