Professionals from the modern music industry shared their insights and experience in careers within the business to students at Bedford College this week.
Coinciding with Love Our Colleges week, the campus at Cauldwell Street hosted guest presenters from a number of organisations who were able to highlight the various progression opportunities for students currently studying at the campus.
Representatives from Resonance, Vochlea and Education & Bass visited students over the week to demonstrate the various aspects of performance and studio work, including the latest in technology techniques.
Bedford College Course Manager Richard Williams who co-ordinated the series of sessions said: “Our students were engrossed in the presentations during these sessions. With so many opportunities in the multi-billion pound music industry within the UK, both at home and abroad, having our students engage with industry practitioners and gain insights into how they can progress in their own careers is key.”
Resonance-edu-org was fronted by David Barnard who has close connections with musical education in Bedfordshire. The “scratch” band that joined him were all professionals who make their living today in session work.
“This is a £5bn business for the UK with roughly half of that coming from global sales. But most of the people in it are self-employed,” David told students.
In fact making money in the music business is now as much about merchandising, or selling
T-shirts, as it is about selling singles or albums. Individuals can be clever using technology to promote their products. One songwriter who has a million followers on You Tube releases a song at a time to generate sales. Another is a band based in Bristol which is huge in Taiwan via the Internet.
Vochlea ran studio sessions demonstrating their newly developed MIDI microphone that allows users to control software instruments using vocalisation and explaining their development as a new start-up in the industry. Students were thrilled to try out a cutting edge tool for musical composition and production and Kelly Angood and Liam Cutler from Vochlea were equally excited to gain feedback on its use in an educational setting.
“Meanwhile in the college’s MAC computer suite Andrew Ferguson and Raff Di Renzo from Education and Bass ran a series of masterclasses covering remixing techniques and how to succeed in the music Industry.
It was great to see highly regarded industry professionals passing on so much useful information and getting a hugely positive response from students who are also now looking forward to entering the National Remix competition that Education & Bass are running in association with musical futures.org
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More details about the performance and music technology courses available at Bedford can be found at www.bedfordcollegegroup.ac.uk