ACCOMPLISHED musicians are being offered the chance to develop their talents on a new course at the college which helped Little Mix singer Jade Thirlwall to stardom.
Experienced players and singers can expand their knowledge of the music industry and studio and recording technology and techniques at South Tyneside College.
The course, Venue Performance and Studio Skills Level 4, which starts on October 1 and can be for up to two years, is for skilled musicians and vocalists already in the industry and young people who have passed grade six or above.
The college, where David and Peter Brewis, of successful North-East band Field Music also studied, hopes musicians will return to the classroom to revamp their skills while gaining qualifications which can lead into teaching.
Music lecturer Brian Morton said: “This is a great way for a musician to convert their years of hard work and experience into a modern qualification that the industry recognises and respects.
“Many won’t have taken a traditional academic route and will have got into the music industry in different ways.
“The course fills a niche and will be very exciting to highly-skilled musicians and singers. They will learn about technology in the music industry and how it can be applied and used by them.
“This wide-ranging course will leave participants ready for anything the industry can throw at them. It’s about honing their skills, expanding their knowledge, and enhancing their prospects.”
The course features extensive study of popular music, as well as improvisation, performance, and theoretical knowledge.
Studio and technology studies will teach students the art of being a technician, and other units will show how the industry and the professionals who shape careers operate.
Students will play at professional venues, tour, and record in a world-renowned recording studio.
They will further benefit from using the college’s new purpose built venue and live recording centre at its Westoe Campus in South Shields.
The renown of the college’s music facilities was acknowledged in March, when guitar maestro Tommy Emmanuel visited to give a masterclass a day after gigging at The Sage Gateshead.
Those applying must undergo an audition before being accepted on to the course.
South Shields-born Jade passed her grade eight vocal qualification at the college two years ago.
The course provides an HNC qualification after one year and an HND at the end of year two. Students can also apply to progress onto a BA top-up year after the course.
n More information on music courses at South Tyneside College is available on www.stc.ac.uk or by calling 427 3900.