Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tech Music School's New Repertoire; the Renowned Tech Music School Is Expanding -- in Addition to Nurturing the Next Generation of Performers, It Is Now Training Up Music Production and Music Business Students, Making It a Microcosm of the Music Industry. by Niki Chesworth

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tech Music School's New Repertoire; the Renowned Tech Music School Is Expanding -- in Addition to Nurturing the Next Generation of Performers, It Is Now Training Up Music Production and Music Business Students, Making It a Microcosm of the Music Industry. by Niki Chesworth

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Byline: Niki Chesworth

LONDON'S Tech Music School already has an unrivalled track record. Since 1983 it has trained some of the most successful musicians in Europe. Alumni include Phil Selway of Radiohead, Marina Diamandis of Marina and the Diamonds and Grace Barrett and Frank Colucci of Viva Brother (to name but a few).

This performance school also offers inspirational training from professionals in the industry -- music taught to the next generation of performers by some of the best musicians in the business.

Not surprisingly, it has strong connections with the music industry and recent guests have included musicians who have worked with everyone from Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson to Robbie Williams and Dizzee Rascal.

Now Tech Music School, which has become part of the prestigious BIMM group -- with its campuses in Brighton, Bristol and Dublin -- is expanding the range of courses it offers to encompass the other elements of the music industry: production and business.

From September it will offer one-year diplomas in Music Production and Music Business which will result in a qualification equivalent to two A-levels.

The Commercial Music Production Diploma is based on creativity and includes elements of writing, composing for film and TV and production, while the Music Business Diploma will use the collaboration of performance and production students to give business students real-life music projects to work on. So, in effect, Tech Music School will become a microcosm of the music industry.

"We have a strong background in music performance, with courses in vocals, drums, bass and guitar," says principal Andrew Bates. "By adding the business and production courses we are now providing high-quality training for a broader range of individuals wishing to develop their musical careers."

Tech Music School will offer 24 places for music production and 12 to learn about the music business, but the aim is to grow the intake to more than 50 over a two- to three-year period.

"These courses will be both vocational and practical, which is important for those wanting jobs," adds Bates. "This is an industry where you don't just need to learn the theory, you also need the practice and that is the type of creative environment students will find at Tech Music School. We have fantastic facilities, professional equipment from leading suppliers and excellent links within the music industry.

"Providing a full spectrum of training will also benefit students. Performance and production students, for example, can work together on projects enhancing both of their skills."

However, this is just the start of Tech Music School's plans. By October 2012, the school will also offer three-year degrees in production and business, giving students progression from a one-year programme to a four-year experience. …

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