Latest Advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

An important message from Dr Fazal Dad, Principal and Chief Executive.

Music Students Enjoy Online Workshops From Industry Specialists Spirit Studios

Music Students Enjoy Online Workshops From Industry Specialists Spirit StudiosBlackburn College’s Music Performance and Technology students recently enjoyed online workshops delivered by Manchester-based industry specialists Spirit Studios.

Spirit Studios, an independent Higher Education provider specialising in Music Production, Music Business and Sound Engineering, delivered the virtual events to year one and two learners over Zoom.

The first session was presented by Holly Phelps who spoke about Ableton Music Production and the technical and creative skills involved. This allowed the students to learn the essential processes behind creating a track using Ableton Live, as well as producing samples and audio from scratch and engaging in mixing arrangement.

The second session was presented by Lewis Jones who spoke about Live Sound Engineeringcovering the fundamentals of live sound and the roles associatedand the learners enjoyed a highly practical session. The focus was capturing high-quality recording of drums, electric guitars and bass guitars with industry-standard microphones.

Callum Aspinall, Music Lecturer and Technician at Blackburn College, said: “We were delighted to give Spirit Studios a virtual Blackburn College welcome and have them deliver highly educational sessions which our students enjoyed and were engaged in.

“Alongside these presentations, both Holly and Lewis provided careers advice to the learners. They discussed Spirit Studios as an institution, the exciting courses they have to offer, UCAS applications and interview processes with our year twos, bursaries, student finance and student welfare.

“It is of the utmost importance to the Music department at Blackburn College that we highlight clear progression pathways to our students, so they have solid preparation for a successful future career within the industry.”

Jacob Lahera, second year Level 3 Music Technology student at the College, stated: “The Live Sound Engineering and recording sessions taught me skills that can be used in the future, but it also gave me more of an idea on how a studio works and what to expect if you go into employment in a similar field.”

Hawwaa Butt, first year Level 3 Music Performance student at the College, added: “From the Ableton session, I enjoyed how Holly produced her vocals with the harmonies and incorporated it into her composition; the reason behind this is because I'm a vocalist and I found it interesting. Another part of the session that I enjoyed was the equipment that Holly was using, such as the drum pad controller.”

To find out more about Blackburn College’s range of Music courses, and to apply now for your September start, please visit the College’s Course Finder.

To find more information about Spirit Studios, please visit their website.

24 Feb 2021, 09:51 AM