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Music and Music Technology

“This pathway enables us to explore the way new technologies have revolutionised the way we record, produce and listen to music.” - Helen Turnbull, Music Tutor

Depending on the level at which you choose to study Music, there are a number of compulsory units that will be covered. You will fundamentally study and perform a variety of music from different genres and styles, as well as developing a greater understanding of how music is written and performed.

Music - Subsidiary Diploma and Diploma

You will be expected to perform, either on an instrument or through vocal performance, as well as develop skills in Composition. The course exposes you to real life situations through projects that require you to stage and produce actual live events. Through a variety of different units, you will be encouraged to explore the world of Music, the skills it requires as well as your own creativity and future ambitions.

Specific Entry Requirements

Students applying must have a minimum of 5 GCSEs at C grades with English and Maths. As of 2017, this will include at least a grade 4 (old Grade Cs) in English Language OR Literature as well as Maths. A grade ‘C’ in a GCSE Art-based/creative subject, or level 2 equivalent, would be advantageous for showing your ability to cope with the Level 3 study specialism. Upon gaining an interview for the Art & Design course you must bring with you a Portfolio of work.


100% coursework, assessed by your Learning Coach in one of the following ways:

  • Creation of e-portfolios, portfolios, pod-casts, blogs, video diaries, diaries, CD’s and DVD’s
  • Presentations and writing reports or essays
  • Practical assessments
  • Band and solo performances
  • Recording and producing bands and mixing to CD etc
  • Uploading work and music to the internet
  • ‘Live assessments’ at a range of venues in West Yorkshire and the U.K


One of the biggest advantages of the Studio School is every department has unlimited access to all of the resources on offer. Each department does, however, specialise in an array of core resources. This enable students to get the most out of the resources closest to their chosen subject.

The Music department’s core resources are:

  • State of the art brand new industry standard recording studio with Pro Tools HDX (11) and a brand new Mac Pro
  • Three fully equipped music classroom spaces
  • Individual Practice rooms
  • Percussion/steel pan room
  • Variety of amps and PA
  • Full range of guitars
  • Full set of Woodwind and Brass Instruments
  • Variety of percussion, tuned and non-tuned, including 6 drum kits

Cross Curricular Resource Sharing & Learning

Thanks to an open plan office style environment, the Studio School is quite literary designed from the ground up to promote collaboration between students. This enables learning to take place not just in lessons but at any time, anywhere. Students share ideas for upcoming projects and provide feedback on current projects. This type of social interaction is such an important skill and something few environments can offer. It’s not just about #CreateYourself, but #ShareLearnImprove.

Trips & Enrichment

In Music you will be encouraged to realise that Music is everywhere in society. This will come through performance and composition work, debates and research on the use of Music in society, time spent in the recording studio and performance events you will attend and take part in.

Here’s how we intend to enrich you experience further:

  • Staging large scale events such as Battle of the Bands, which you will, organise and perform in
  • Annual trip to ‘Compose Yourself’ in Manchester, to watch live performances and take part in practical workshops
  • Composition and Performance Workshops at Huddersfield University
  • Working with our business link ‘Ricky’s Rock School’ to develop performance skills, and understand the role of a Freelance Musician
  • Meetings and interviews with engaged Studio School businesses who can support you in your coursework when you need insights into the Music Industry
  • Opportunities to perform locally and nationally as part of a variety of ensembles
  • Training as a sound engineer in our state of the art recording studio

Outstanding Results

  • 100% pass rate achieved by all students completing their programme of study.
  • 83% achieving at least Merit grades.
  • 67% achieving at least Distinction grades or better.

Personalised Pathways: Of the above, the Music department supported 60% of students towards the Subsidiary Diploma (1 A Level), 20% towards the Diploma (2 A Level) and 20% towards the Extended Diploma (3 A Level).

Future Pathways...

Many students who successfully complete the course go on to one of the following pathways:Graphic Design, Illustration or a related subject at University / Advertising / Art Direction / Book Designer / Branding Agency / Crafts / Digital or Film Designer / Direct Marketing / Graphic Designer / Magazine & Newspaper Design / Mobile Marketing / Packaging - Product Design / Spatial Design / TV & Cinema Advertising to name but a few.

Would You Like To Find Out More?

Maybe you have a question about the different range of units you can study? Or maybe you want a bit more info on the resources? Whatever your question, the Tutors are more than happy to answer any that you have. Get in touch and we’ll get back to you with all the answers.

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About the school

The Creative & Media Studio School is open to all young people who have a creative flare and are aged between 14 – 19 years old.

The Creative and Media Studio School was the first Studio School to open in the world in 2010. Since then it has achieved a series of fantastic outcomes for students. Today's news (14.08.2014) follows in that tradition and we are delighted

David Nicoll

Chief Executive of The Studio Schools Trust

With this course we will be the fashion designers of the future; we now have the skills and knowledge to excel, nothing can hold us back.

Alex & Danielle


I feel really privileged to be doing something I love with people that share the same passion. At the Studio School we inspire young artist's minds and support their creativity.

Wendy Taylor

Fine Art Coach

My Art lessons in the Studio School have shown me that it's not what you see, but what you make otherssee; I've been completely inspired.



With the skills I have developed and opportunities I have been given in the field of Graphic Design, I am positive that it will help me to lead a successful life with a very fulfilling career.



We see Graphic Design students as the future of visual communication. Learning the correct skills now will give them the edge over others in the work place.

James Armitage

Graphics Coach

Photography captures life. I'm so passionate about the projects I am able to complete with the quality of resources we have available.

Lucy Parish

Photography Coach

Photography means I can make Art out of real life objects. I love seeing how my skills can create amazing pieces of work, it's very exciting.



Wonder if. Think 'why not?' Explore how. Learn from craft professionals. Apply Knowledge. Make it happen. Enjoy success.

Sally Broadbent

Textiles Coach

Textiles at the Studio School has allowed us to express ourselves, explore different specialist techniques, find our inner creativity and apply it to exciting scenarios.



Teaching Business Studies to Studio School students has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my career, as they're learning in an environment where it all makes sense!

Laura Lee

Business Studies Coach

Learning Business in the Studio School has helped me realise that Business is everywhere and has enabled me to see the world through grown up eyes.



Creative Media Production gives me the skills, confidence and experience to work with external businesses and create professional video products whilst gaining a qualification.



I use my Broadcast Industry experience to develop skills, work ethic and strong business links so every single student stands out.

Micci Bromwich

Media Coach

Drama has really helped me to develop skills I can use in all my subjects. I've really grown in confidence because of the way I have been taught.



As a practitioner from industry, I am able to really support students by sharing my knowledge and professional practice.

Michael Cowen

Drama Coach

Music is a gateway to other cultures and traditions. Through it we explore the way new technologies have revolutionised the way we record, produce and listen to music."

Helen Turnbull

Music Coach

It's helped me to realise the number of employment opportunities available in the Music Industry, giving me the skills to succeed in any profession. I've developed skills in communication, teamwork, cooperation and Music Technology skills.



Studying Fashion is not just about researching new trends, it's about creating individuality, something our students get the chance to do.

Claire Ramsden

Fashion Coach

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