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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 swindon@academyofmusic.ac.uk or call us on 01793 644477.

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): gateshead@academyofmusic.ac.uk / 0191 478 7879

Birmingham: birmingham@academyofmusic.ac.uk / 0121 236 6066

Swindon: swindon@academyofmusic.ac.uk / 01793 644477

Southampton: southampton@academyofmusic.ac.uk / 023 8082 9666

Exeter: exeter@academyofmusic.ac.uk / 01392 427874

Edinburgh: edinburgh@academyofmusic.ac.uk / 0131 656 0600

Glasgow: glasgow@academyofmusic.ac.uk / 0141 221 4458

 

Higher Education at the Academy of Music & Sound

POSTED ON May 31st  - POSTED IN Uncategorized

Higher Education is more than just a course at the Academy of Music and Sound

Higher Education at the Academy of Music and Sound is your stepping stone to a career in the music industry. We understand that musicians need to be highly trained in a range of skills and being top notch on your instrument is just the start!To support our Higher Education students, we have developed a pionenering enrichment program.

Higher Education Courses

Foundation Degree Music (W310)

This course is designed for musicians who want to improve their instrumental skills while working on stagecraft, performance and rehearsal skills. You will have the opportunity to work with a range of musicians developing you communication skills and network of professional contacts.
To support your vocational skills, you will also develop entrepreneurial and creative skills, helping you to get your freelance career off the ground.

Music Performance at the Academy of Music & Sound

Music Performance at the Academy of Music & Sound

Foundation Degree Creative Music Production (WJ39)

On this course, aspiring producers will have the opportunity to develop skills to work with artists in the studio or work on your own EDM creations in our iMac suites. If you choose to study as a studio producer, you will work on recording, mixing and mastering. If you choose to study on our EDM pathway, you will develop your skills in live midi implementation and triggering, audio loops and sequencing. In addition to these creative skills, you will also work on entrepreneurial skills and teaching skills, helping you to develop a sustainable freelance career.

Creative Music Production Degree

Creative Music Production at the Academy of Music & Sound.

 

HNC & HND Music

In our Scottish centres, you will have the opportunity to study HNC and HND courses. These courses are for musicians who want to develop their instrumental and performance skills while also receiving teaching on a range of skills that the modern musician will need. You will develop teaching, creative, entrepreneurial and analytical skills, readying you for further study or your freelance career.

BA(hons) Performance Industries Top Up

Once you have completed your Foundation Degree or HND, you can embark on our BA(hons) Performance Industries Top Up in 1 year. Through a variery of exciting projects, you can develop your musicianship, sound recording, composition and songwriting skills. You will have an enormous amount of creative autonomy and freedom to tailor your degree to suit your needs.

BA(hons) graduates

Graduate with honours with the Academy of Music and Sound

If you’ve been working in the music industry as a professional, but don’t have a Foundation Degree or HND qualification you may still be able to fast track directly to the BA(hons) Performance Industries Top Up through the process of Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) Please contact your local centre for more information.

Higher Education Enrichment Program

Masterclasses

Our industry led masterclasses will provide you with specific training and connections with top class practitioners. Previous masterclasses have been delivered by Nat Power, Newton Faulkner, PRS for Music, Bumblefoot, Vintage Trouble, Musicians Union, Futureheads and many more!

Industry Mentors

Our industry mentor scheme will connect you with dedicated professionals who will offer help and advice. Your mentors will be available throughout your time on the course and for 6 months after you graduate to really help you get your career off the ground.

Our industry mentors include:

Glen Brady (A.K.A DJ Wool): California based music producer and audio engineer. Glen writes and produces music for film & TV and specialises in analogue synth systems, modular synths and drum machines.

Glen Brady (A.K.A DJ Wool): California based music producer and audio engineer. Glen writes and produces music for film & TV and specialises in analogue synth systems, modular synths and drum machines.

Keith Armstrong: A manager and publisher, currently working with Jake Bugg and previously Editors, Karima Francis and Lighthouse Family among many more.

Keith Armstrong: A manager and publisher, currently working with Jake Bugg and previously Editors, Karima Francis and Lighthouse Family among many more.

Rick McMurray: Founding member and drummer in Alternative Rock band, Ash. Rick tours the world as a drummer and has extensive experience of the live & recording industry.

Rick McMurray: Founding member and drummer in Alternative Rock band, Ash. Rick tours the world as a drummer and has extensive experience of the live & recording industry.

Roy Harter: New York based Emmy award-winning composer, sound designer & audio mixer best known for his work in film & TV.

Roy Harter: New York based Emmy award-winning composer, sound designer & audio mixer best known for his work in film & TV.

Simon Efemey: A record producer, noted for his work with Napalm Death, Paradise Lost, Obituary, The Wonderstuff and Diamond Head among many more!

Simon Efemey: A record producer, noted for his work with Napalm Death, Paradise Lost, Obituary, The Wonderstuff and Diamond Head among many more!

Tour & Showcase

At the end of your first year on the Foundation Degree in Music Performance, you will be taken on a tour bus to a showcase event within the UK. You will showcase your talents at a gig with students from across the UK. After the gig, you will spend the night on the tour bus as you’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.

Creative Music Production students will have the opportunity to attend Sonar in Barcelona.