Access Creative College is not just an educational institution, it’s a vibrant, creative community. It’s a place where young musicians, music techs and singers come to hone their skills and prepare for careers in the music industry.
We offer a number of music performance-based FE courses. These are designed to give you the practical, technical, and soft skills needed to shine as a performer, composer, and music professional.
Typical benefits of our performers’ college courses
You might ask yourself “Why would I need to take a performance course? How would it help?”. We can answer that. Access Creative College’s music-based performance college courses share a range of benefits that give you the edge. Here are a few:
It offers an environment to nurture your talent – At Access Creative College, we believe that a supportive environment is key to nurturing talent. That’s why we provide well-resourced rehearsal spaces and equipment. You’ll also have access to various technical spaces such as studios and tech suites. These facilities are designed to give you the best possible learning experience, preparing you for industry, university, and beyond.
Practical, career-building expertise – This course is not just about music performance. We understand that the music industry demands more than just talent. That’s why our curriculum includes industry and marketing seminars. Here you’ll learn how to build a portfolio and forge a path in the creative industries.
You’ll also develop essential academic skills such as research techniques and critical thinking, giving you the option to continue your studies at the university level if you choose.
Easy-access to performance opportunities – Throughout the course, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to perform, building your skills and confidence from the rehearsal room to the stage. You’ll learn how to audition for musical roles, work as a session musician, and perform to camera for music videos or social media. This hands-on experience will prepare you for the challenges and opportunities that the music industry has to offer.
Music technical skills – In this digital age, understanding music composition technology is essential for any musician. Our course will equip you with the knowledge and skills to record ideas, compose your own musical pieces with technology, and create music to briefs.
Performers’ college courses overview
The music performance and performance-tech courses at Access Creative College typically offer a one or two-year journey of exploration and growth. In your first year, you will dive into the world of music performance and/or technology, working with your peers to form performance groups and engaging in a range of performances, both assessed and external.
Our specialist staff will guide you through your set list and stagecraft, helping you develop technical skills such as remixing, composition, and arrangement. You’ll also delve into music theory, analysing the music you love and learning how to turn your ideas into captivating melodies.
You’ll have a range of the latest technical equipment available to you to make sure you’re developing efficiently. You’ll have access to high-spec classrooms with MIDI-controlled keyboards, a music production studio, and Apple iMacs with up-to-date Logic Pro X music sequencing software.
If you’re studying one of our 2-year courses, you’ll step up your game, responding to creative briefs and taking your skills to a professional level. From sessioning and auditioning briefs to improvisation and performing to camera, you’ll be pushing the boundaries of your practical and technical musical skills.
Access Creative College offers the following performance courses, click below for more course-specific info:
- Music performance and technology (level 2)
- Music performance vocal artist (level 2)
- Music performance (level 3)
- FdA Music performance (level 5)
Typical music performance career paths after studying
So you’ve finished your Access Creative College course, what now?
The music industry is as diverse and vibrant as the songs you love, offering a myriad of exciting career paths. Whether you dream of performing on stage, teaching the next generation of musicians, or working behind the scenes, there’s a place for you. Let’s explore some of the paths you could take!
- Freelance Performing Musician – Do you relish the thrill of being on stage, basking in the applause, and connecting with an audience through your music? As a freelance performing musician, the world can be your stage. You’ll have the flexibility to choose the gigs that resonate with you and build your brand as an independent artist.
- Session Musician – If you love the idea of playing different styles of music and working with a variety of artists, becoming a session musician could be your calling. You’ll be the unsung hero of many performances and recordings, bringing others’ musical visions to life with your skills.
- Original Artist – As an original artist, you’ll have the chance to express yourself through your unique musical creations. This path is all about authenticity and creativity, allowing you to share your voice with the world.
- Music Teacher/Tutor – If you have a passion for sharing your knowledge and inspiring others, consider becoming a music teacher or tutor. You’ll have the rewarding opportunity to nurture budding musicians and see them grow under your guidance. To get to this career you will have to also study a PGCE for the teaching qualification.
- Reviewer/Music Journalist – Do you have a way with words, as well as music? As a reviewer or music journalist, you can combine these talents to critique performances, interview artists, and report on music trends.
- Agency Coordinator – If you’re organised, detail-oriented, and love working with people, the role of an agency coordinator could be perfect for you. You’ll liaise with artists, venues, and promoters to organise gigs and tours, ensuring everything runs smoothly.
- Musical Director – As a musical director, you’ll be the creative force behind performances, shaping the musical arrangements and guiding the performers. It’s a chance to leave your mark on every note.
- Music technician – Music technicians are responsible for installing, operating, and maintaining audio equipment. This may also involve managing speakers, cables, mixing machines, and other types of equipment used to capture and broadcast sound during live events.
Your Journey Starts Here
At Access Creative College, we are committed to helping you realise your potential and achieve your dreams. Check out all our performer’s college courses and start your journey today!
Remember, the world needs your music. So why wait? Let’s make some noise together!