Academy of Music and Sound

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The Academy of Music and Sound offers world-class contemporary music education and training for aspiring music professionals. This year, over 1000 music students and apprentices across the UK have chosen to follow their musical ambitions and dreams with us!  Our courses are focused on the music specialism you want to follow. Whether, it is as a musician studying guitar, bass, drums, vocals, keyboards or song-writing, or perhaps as a producer, engineer or music business professional. There is real-world, industry opportunity, training and education for you with the Academy of Music and Sound.

We offer Further and Higher education courses, starting withLevel 3 BTEC programmes in Music Performance and Music Technology. Our Higher Education courses start with Foundation degrees, in Music Performance and Creative Music Production and you can continue your education with us on a BA (Hons)Top-up, Performance Industries full-time or part-time programmes.

Our seven locations across the UK can make all the difference to our students learning and performing experience. Studying with us in your hometown, or close to it means you can save on the time, stress and room-rental costs by not re-locating. You can also continue with your local bands, musical projects, work commitments and avoid the upheaval of relocating sometimes hundreds of miles.

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Why choose us?

So why choose the Academy of Music and Sound, what makes us different?

You and your instrument

We focus our curriculum and teaching on your chosen instrument or music specialism. If you play guitar, all of your core lessons are on guitar, and likewise for drums, bass, vocals, music-tech, song-writing, keyboards and music business. You will use specialist teaching and practise facilities which maximises your time with us. Ultimately, this focused delivery is for more useful, progressive and relevant to aspiring 21st century music professionals.

The art of teaching

You will learn from “working professionals” who can teach. Not just “music teachers”: there is a big difference.

Teacher practitioners who have the technical excellence to inspire you, who have the varied and valuable musical experiences to share with you, as well as the right academic qualifications and communication skills to deliver our world-class curriculum.

The music industry

The Academy of Music and Sound has its roots firmly planted within the music industry. Our admin and management teams in all of our centres have vast experience of the business-both locally and nationally-from managing bands and venues; to being promoters or artists themselves. They will give you enormous support, real-world guidance and have a true affinity with you, the students.

Be Inspired  

Our staff aren’t the only people who will inspire you. We run an un-parralleled  activities and masterclass programme, which gives students the opportunity to attend a variety of industry events and access to masterclasses with national and internationally renowned bands, musicians, managers, agents and producers. Many started out just like you.

Our Curriculum

Our curriculum is simply world-class. Written by a central team of musicians and music professionals and controlled by our Academic Director, they are second to none. Nothing is left to chance and our students across the UK have constant on-line access to lessons, tunes, and our brand new video tutorial system.

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Facilities and equipment


The Academy of Music and Sound are privileged to have the support of some of the world’s leading music manufacturers. This allows our students to study, practise and perform on the best equipment available.

Yamaha supply all guitars, drums, pianos and keyboards. They also supply our recording studio mixing desks. Peavey supply all amplification, Zildjian supply all cymbals and we use Apple Mac and Pro-Tools in all of our technology suites and studios.

This is a stellar line up that ensures our students are using the very latest levels of technology and equipment.


We believe that the work being done by the Academy of Music and Sound is of the highest calibre and they recognise the same passion for enhancing people’s lives through music as we do”.

Ricci Hodgson-Director Pro music Division. Yamaha Music Group


Every Academy of Music and Sound centre is slightly different in size, look and feel; drawing its personality from the town it is in and the students and staff who use it.

The main learning areas are very similar. Performance rooms, dedicated drum lab, guitar, bass and vocal rooms, midi suites, keyboard rooms, rehearsal space and study areas. Most centres also have fully functioning recording studios.

We work closely with professional venues throughout the UK and hold student performance evenings in a variety of locations. Barrowlands (Glasgow), The Joiners (Southampton), The Phoenix (Exeter), O2 Academy (Birmingham), the Sage (Gateshead) are just a few we have used and our students have enjoyed playing at.

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Student story

These are comments left by students and their families on our website blog. See what they have to say about their time with us. To view other comments go to our website.

  • I found that throughout her course, my daughter Laura grew in confidence musically and developed a more advanced understanding of music theory. The staff are friendly approachable, responsive and in tune with their students. “ Darrell Jackson (Father)
  • I honestly think The Academy of Music and Sound is one of the best music colleges around today. It is hard work, but I had a killer time, and can recommend them to anyone serious about their music and challenge you to find a college more dedicated to developing their students passion”. Charlie Higginson
  • “What a great place to broaden your musical horizons and learn new skills. I learned to play and appreciate musical styles that I otherwise wouldn’t have given the time of day to. It’s a great place to go for people serious about their music performance.” Matt Norris
  • “The Academy of Music and Sound was the one place I felt welcome every single day. You form friendships that last a lifetime and trust me, you won’t want to leave! Thanks guys”. James “Wiggy” Walker
  • “I joined the Academy of Music and Sound in Gateshead when it first opened. I thought the bass course was brilliant, and, thanks to teachers specialist tutorials and course material, I have now secured a university place. What a brilliant course choice”. Jordan Moore
  • “The course was a great experience and I consider myself lucky to have made some good friends out of it. Friends I still see two years later. It’s musical legacy continues with every new bass line I compose.” Andy Barber.


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Contact details

We have eight centres across the UK, bringing our training as close to you as possible. Find your nearest centre and contact them directly or go to our website for further details.

Academy of Music and sound,
3 Lionel Street,
West Midlands,
B3 1AG

TEL: 0121 236 6066

Academy of Music and Sound,               
1 Grassmarket,

TEL: 0131 656 0600

Academy of Music and Sound,
8 Coombe Street,

TEL: 01392 427874

Academy of Music and Sound,
191 high Street,
Tyne and Wear,

TEL: 0191 478 7879

Academy of Music and Sound,
North Herts College,
SG4 0JD.

TEL: 01462 424233 x 4550

Academy of Music and Sound,
22 Jamaica Street,
G1 4QD.

TEL: 0141 221 4458

Academy of Music and Sound,
Saxon House,
28-30 Chapel Road,
SO14 5GL.

TEL: 023 8082 9666

Academy of Music and Sound,
The Bentley Centre,
Stratton Road,
SN1 2SH.

TEL: 01793 644477

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