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Our Music Technology courses range from a Level 2 Diploma in Performance to a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Technology. Our higher education courses include HNC Music Production (1 year full-time) and HND Music Production (2 years full-time) and are the equivalent to the first and second year of a degree course respectively. They have natural progression routes to university where you could have direct entry to the second or third year of a degree course.
Our courses are delivered using the impressive facilities at our Music Technology Centre which features three dedicated recording studios, purpose built classrooms and a production suite with Pro Tools and Reason Music Production software. You will study a broad range of subjects including Studio Recording Techniques, Live Sound, Music and Sound for Media, Music Technology in Context and DAW Production. You will also have access to a wide range of music tools including guitar effects processors, loops stations, portable recorders and a variety of instruments.
The courses will be further enhanced through workshops by industry professionals, study trips and regular performance opportunities.
The music industry is worth £3.8bn to the UK economy and currently has 110,000 people in full-time employment, 67,000 of whom are musicians. You could go on to work in TV or film as a Sound Engineer or Foley Artist. There are numerous opportunities in the music industry working as a promoter, performer or session musician, working at a record label or music events company… you could even progress into teaching or music therapy. The opportunities are vast, just think about every time you hear sound on TV, Film or the Radio, at some point it has been created, recorded, edited and mixed.
Every Shrewsbury College student applying to university has been offered a place, usually at their first choice of university, with most progressing to some of the UK’s most prestigious institutions including LIPA and the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in London.
I’ve enjoyed all of the different aspects of business, performance and production. I started here to improve my knowledge of music technology and perform, this course has enabled me to achieve my goals.
Current HNC students have created a successful band called The Sun Hotel. The band has recorded an EP and are embarking on a tour across the Midlands. Level 3 students often have bookings to play weddings and private parties.
Music Technology qualifications can lead to many exciting and varied careers such as music therapist, musician, music teacher or a sound technician in broadcasting, film or video. Every student that has applied to university has been offered a place, often their first choice. Our students progress to some of the UK’s top institutions, including the Institute for Contemporary Music Performance and the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts as well as Bristol, Staffordshire, Birmingham, Brighton and Manchester Universities.
Career options and national starting averages include:
- Music Promoter £12,000 - £60,000
- Studio Sound Engineer £15,000 - £40,000
You could move on to be a:
- School Music Teacher £22,500 - £66,750
- Music Therapist £26,000 - £48,000
Source: National Careers Service
My goal is to provide a learning environment that replicates the world of the music industry and to open it up to give the students a realistic approach to working in the industry whether it be as a performer, producer, manager or events coordinator. With strong industry links and current knowledge, the students will stand out from other applicants for jobs and university places.