Established in 1983, Community Music offers a range of courses and youth programmes for aspiring music makers and producers. The London-based organisation aims to provide a safe space to learn in a creative environment and develop your passion for music.
The following courses are available to study at CM:
Students wishing to study the Foundation Degree in Creative Music Production and Business will need to be aged 18 or over, though youth programmes are open to teenagers aged 13-19, ideal for any budding musician looking for a head start in the profession. Programmes on offer include the Music Space Academy, where you learn an instrument and perform in a band for free.
You will be taught by professional musicians and producers from the industry, while partners at Community Music include the University of Westminster, London Borough of Tower Hamlets and The Arts Council to name but a few.
Community Music has trained over 10,000 professional musicians, and alumni have gone on to work as singers, songwriters and producers, while others have found careers as tutors at the organisation. The Community Music studios were recently given a makeover by none other than British fashion label Burberry.
Courses aim to help students find work and Community Music has helped many musicians and organisations successfully establish themselves in the profession.
Community Music aims to create opportunities for musical collaborations between young people across Europe, and works alongside professional promoters and festival organisers to promote talented students. While studying, you will also receive one-to-one training for career development, along with support and guidance from tutors in the industry.
- Support in finding work placements and internships through Community Music’s creative employer network
- One-on-one career guidance
- Employability workshops, presentations and networking events
- Mentoring scheme
- CV and application guidance and interview coaching
Community Music’s support and courses are designed to help students develop the skills and attributes that enable them to become highly employable. Students can continue to access Community Music’s support services and resources, even after course completion.
Community Music offers two main courses:
Creative Music Production and Business Foundation Degree
This two-year foundation degree gives students the opportunity to learn from specialist tutors, who provide you with industry-standard production skills to create your own music business.
Students attend class twice a week, and are required to put time aside for weekly tasks and assignments during the rest of the week. Prospective students are assessed on experience and enthusiasm, rather than previous grades and are taught in small, personable classes.
After graduating, students are able to convert the foundation degree to a BA (Hons) Commercial Music degree at the University of Westminster, or go on to find employment. Community Music boasts strong industry connections and the programme offers vocational training with industry standard equipment.
During the two years, students develop skills in creative music production, recording and programming, along with learning how to plan and develop a business, creating and developing their own business ideas during the second year of the course. Students are assessed through coursework rather than exams, which includes work related projects, logbooks, written work, presentations and recordings.
Music Leader Training Programme
Students on this course receive community music teacher training and gain a City and Guilds EaT qualification.
Classes are available to attend in the evenings or during the weekends. Areas of study include different learning styles and creative approaches to teaching, experimental learning, equality and diversity, and assessment for learning. You will learn about the different ways students learn and will analyse your teaching methods. During the course, you will receive feedback from your fellow students, along with attending seminars to help you structure a lesson plan.
Students go on to find work in a variety of sectors, including schools, adult colleges, prisons, mental health charities, holiday clubs and the NHS.
The degree course is part of Westminster University and students can benefit from all facilities provided by the university.
Watch the video to view Community Music’s facilities.
Students studying towards the Foundation Degree in Creative Music Production and Business will also have access to the University of Westminster’s music department. This boasts state-of-the-art recording studios, industry-standard equipment as well as extensive IT and library facilities.
Studying in London as a CM musician means you’ll be surrounded by inspiration, with the likes of the O2, KOKO, Brixton Academy and Roundhouse on your doorstep.
There are also plenty of museums, galleries and theatres around all four corners of the city. Music festivals, vintage fairs and outdoor film nights are organised throughout the year, while those who enjoy shopping will have every kind of department store, market and high-street chain at your disposal, from Oxford Street to Camden Market.
During the summer months, students can enjoy the views of the city around Primrose Hill, relax with a coffee on the Southbank or even go on a weekend trip, with other great cities like Brighton, Bristol and Cardiff just a few hours away on the train.
Community Music is situated in the heart of one of London’s most culturally diverse, artistically creative and thriving areas. Brick Lane and Shoreditch are vibrant areas largely populated by up-and-coming artists and a new wave of design & media studios, tech startups and commercial art galleries.
The area is one of the best places to go out in London, boasting an array of bars, pubs and clubs, all open until the small hours. Brick Lane in east London is well known as one of the curry centres of the city, and the lane and surrounding streets explode into life at weekends, with nightlife catering for every taste and style.
A never-ending selection of restaurants, coffee shops, cafes and places to relax ensures the area really does have something for everyone. As well as being a year-round attraction for visitors and locals alike, Brick Lane and the surrounding area also holds some major annual festivals to showcase the local culture and food it is so well known for, including the Boishakhi Mela, said to be the biggest Bengali festival outside South Asia.
Nearby Victoria Park also offers a host of music events, festivals and live performances throughout the year, including Lovebox and Field Day, and there is a wealth of other live events in the local area such as the London Remixed Festival hosted by Continental Drifts and Community Music.
During your time at Community Music, you can get involved in various vocational projects, including the Business Support programme, which helps small businesses establish themselves in the industry.
There is also an Artist Development programme to support artists and musicians wishing to develop a career in the industry, while the Live Events programme offers students the chance to perform at festivals and concerts.
During your time at Community Music, you will receive support and guidance from tutors in the industry, in small, personable classes. Community Music provides additional student support classes to assist with course work.
You will also be encouraged to reach your potential and establish yourself in the music industry, either as a producer, artist, musician or teacher.
Please see the website for the details about all the short courses and their fees.
Although the college doesn’t offer any scholarships or bursaries, students can apply for a student loan from the government.
Students on the Creative Music Production and Business Foundation course benefit from small, vocational classes, along with training from industry experts. CM’s strong connections have seen students get to work on projects for the likes of Paloma Faith, Jess Glynne and The Prototypes.
Graduates have gone on to work in successful careers in music and production as singers, producers and songwriters.
For a place on the Creative Music Production and Business Foundation Degree previous qualifications are not required. Instead, you will be required to demonstrate previous work experience in the music/music production industry.
Students wishing to study on the Music Leader Training Programme are also required to hold practical experience, along with a good standard of music or production skills.UCAS TARIFF CALCULATOR
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