College launches higher level Music course

23rd June 2021

Stratford-upon-Avon College has added to its Level 4 provision with Music Performance & Production, a course specifically designed to support students into higher study or employment in the music industry.

The one-year course, for those aged 18 or over, will provide continued skills development for students who wish to advance their music performance & production abilities before auditioning for music college, higher education, or musical employment. The course is free of charge if students start at 18 years old.

student on Mac and keyboard
Stratford's Music Performance & Production course will be delivered by industry experts Rob Hague and Steve Birkett

Musician and Lecturer Rob Hague comments: “Musicians don’t just make music, we have to be prepared to collaborate, to teach, to network, and by offering this new course we aim to guide students and offer them that extra support that will prepare them for a fulfilling and rewarding career in music.”

Rob has a varied and rich career in music, having worked as a bassist, composer, and music facilitator. He has performed at venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Ronnie Scott’s and BBC Pebble Mill and has composed music for a variety of films and theatre productions.

Rob explains: “I work freelance as a bassist and improviser alongside lecturing at Stratford. I understand the commitment and dedication that is required of us musicians and the unique and varied roles we find ourselves in simultaneously. We hope to prepare the students to be able to take on all these roles, to be mentors, tutors, composers, performers and understand the music business and events management.”

Students will have access to a professional Music MAC Suite, rehearsal rooms, studios and campus theatres

Covering a range of areas that will develop skills in music theory, composition, performing, sound design, sound recording, sound engineering and live sound, the course meets the needs of those who have the capability to pursue degree-level training in music performance and/or production but need a bit of extra support.

Musician and Lecturer, Steve Birkett, a multi-talented instrumentalist says: “Studying Music Performance & Production at Stratford will offer students the unique opportunity to work closely with like-minded musicians towards a variety of projects with access to our impressive facilities such as our professional Music MAC Suite, rehearsal rooms and studios as well as the campus theatres venues for performances.”

Applications for Level 4 Music Performance & Production are open now.

Find out more information about the College's Music Performance & Production courses: Music Performance & Production courses