Music - Vocalist: HND

Music student singing into mic
Qualification Qualifications Explained
Study Mode
Full Time

2 Academic Years - 2.5 Days per week

Start date
Aug 2024
Applications open January 2024

Course overview

This two-year full-time course will prepare you for a career in today’s music industry. You will perform, record, and write music in a professional environment, playing gigs in venues across the city.

We provide lessons in your chosen discipline (Voice, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drum Kit, Keyboards, and Composition). You will also learn how to effectively use digital recording software.

The course is ideal for school leavers, adult returners, the self-employed, and those already in employment.

What you will learn

The course includes classes on the following:

  • First Study (weekly instrument/composition lessons)
  • Live Performance
  • Music Theory
  • Music Business for Musicians
  • Song writing
  • Music History
  • Digital Audio Workstations
  • Stagecraft for Musicians
  • Music and Image: Graphics
  • Keyboard Skills for Music Production
  • Graded Unit project

Entry requirements

Entry is by audition; you will be required to send a video recording demonstrating proficiency in your chosen discipline or alternatively you may be invited in to the college for an audition. The audition will be the main factor in a successful application, and must include two contrasting pieces of your choice, played to an appropriate standard.

Examples of relevant qualifications could include:

  • Relevant National Certificate or National Qualification in Music
  • One SQA Higher (preferably English)

Career Opportunities

You could enter the industry directly after your studies in a variety of roles, such as:

  • Performing musician
  • songwriter
  • producer
  • instrumental/vocal tutor
  • media composer.

Future prospects

You could follow in the footsteps of previous students who have progressed on to degree courses such as:

  • University of the West of Scotland
  • University of the Highlands & Islands
  • Edinburgh Napier University
  • Academy of Music and Sound
  • Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

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