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Music Production & Performance Study Programmes

Learn to play, create and lay down the tracks as a sound engineer, producer or performer. 

Find out the difference between a Music Production course and a study programme here.

Through our study programmes you'll gain plenty of hands-on experience, as well as the core theoretical knowledge needed to make a mark in the music industry. They could take you to work or, with the right level 3 qualification, you could go on to university.

These programmes will provide you with an opportunity to experience popular music performance and/or sound recording. In addition, the College is now a Pro Tools training facility, offering students the opportunity to use the latest and most up-to-date software in the audio industry.



Those on programmes in Music Technology will cover components in music publishing, composing, midi sequencing and software, sound recording techniques, studio production, digital audio principles, acoustics, live sound, multimedia sound production and more.

What will I learn?

Depending on the level and type of programme you complete, you may develop a range of performance-related skills, including those in harmony, arranging and composition. You will also develop a greater understanding of the music business. Programmes in Music Technology also cover components in music publishing, composing, midi sequencing and software, sound recording techniques and many more! We'll also work to improve your English and maths skills too, so you'll be ready to progress into further study or employment after completing your programme.

Find out the difference between a Music course and a study programme below.

Why choose a MidKent College Music Production & Performance study programme?

Our lecturers are all industry professionals and are the best people to advise you on your next step, whether that's further study or employment. College bands showcase their talent at many external events such as Under Siege and the annual College Student Awards ceremony. Our Music students also take part in a whole range of performances, from turning on the Christmas lights in Rochester to at local gigs. We also won gold in the music category at the World Skills competition!

How is English & maths involved?

If you're aged 16-18 years old, English and maths will be a key part of your study programme. You'll study both subjects at a level appropriate to you. There skills can enhance your work on and off stage, in production, writing and give you the opportunity to progress into higher education or the music business.

What facilities and trips are available?

Develop your talent in our recording studios, a fully equipped theatre and live room at the Medway Campus. You'll have the opportunity to take part in trips to World Skills, Under Siege and the University of Kent's taster day for all music subjects.

What have your past students gone on to do?

Successful Music students have progressed onto further study at local and national universities. Others have entered employment in the local area.

What can I do afterwards?

There's a whole range of options available to you from musician and composter to sound technician and music therapist. If you discuss your career ideas with your tutor, they'll be best placed to advise you on the best way to achieve it.

How much do musicians get paid?

Musicians in the Medway and Maidstone areas can expect to earn on average £18.86 per hour.*

What’s the difference between a Music Production course and a study programme?

Traditionally you may have studied a Music course, where you would only study the qualification, such as music performance, composition and sound recording techniques. A Music Production & Performance study programme is so much more than a Music course!

This change to study programmes is due to national feedback from employers saying young people need to have more than just a “qualification”; they need to have the skills to work in their chosen industry. A study programme encompasses the subject qualification, English and maths skills as well as work experience and personal development skills. You can read more about study programmes here.

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*Data taken from EMSI March 2017