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Kendal College Music Department provides the ideal balance of music performance and technology. A modern working musician needs a unique set of skills to support their creative outlets.

Whether you’re a budding songwriter looking to record your own material, an instrumentalist or vocalist hoping to work in bands, an aspiring live sound engineer, want to compose music for TV and film, a performer looking for a variety of stage experience, feel most at home behind the desk in a recording studio or are still looking for your musical direction, Kendal College’s industry trained professionals will help you on your path.

Our industry standard studio has the essential feel and vibe to promote creativity and freedom of expression. The control room is equipped with a 32 channel Midas desk, three sets of studio monitors, a wide range of professional microphones and an iMac with Studio One software, which we use for recording a variety of instruments and vocals in our three acoustically treated live rooms. Our four soundproof booths are equipped with rehearsal P.As, guitar and bass amps, stage pianos and electronic drum kits. Booths are free to book out at any time. Our in-house venue boasts a concert size P.A, Midas digital desk, a lighting rig, as well as full live band set up including valve amps, stage pianos and acoustic drum kits. This provides our learners with a chance to perform as often as they like. Two dedicated iMac rooms provide students with the opportunity to compose, mix and master using top of the range recording software.

Many of our Music students progress to Higher Education institutes around the country, including LIPA, London College of Music, Leeds and BIMM (Manchester). There are also opportunities to progress at Kendal College. We offer HNC/D courses (equivalent to a degree) for those who prefer the college environment. The College has a reputation for producing some raw musical talent with many past students achieving national and international success. Our students go on to study a wide range of subjects including, performance, events management, music technology, theatre, journalism, composition, teaching, music therapy and psychology. For those who don’t see themselves taking an academic route, our skills-based learning programme and work experience scheme will provide you with the necessary skills to enter the music industry in your chosen field. The entertainment industry generated £17bn in revenue last year; this is your chance to enter a sustainable and growing marketplace with a wide variety of career paths and job opportunities.

There are full-time, part-time and Higher Level courses available to study in Music at Kendal College.

I never thought of coming to College after Y11. A friend asked me to come to an Open Day with her and I will always remember a lad was singing and playing the guitar in the canteen, it was such a good atmosphere. Everyone is so nice with each other and there is no hassle, it’s like a big family.

Ita Rose Whittam, Music Level 2

Doing what you want to do is the best choice. Choose what you love, I’m glad I did. I like the atmosphere of the building and I get on well with the other students. The facilities, the teaching, the atmosphere, it’s been a great experience and I’ve learned a lot. I want to go to university and the course is helping me get the skills I need.’

Sebastian Harper, Music Level 3

Meet your tutor

The key ingredient to being successful in any chosen career is to enjoy it, so it’s great that students can come to College after school and really enjoy their education with us. As with any career in the creative industries, being able to perform to a high standard is essential and it’s so very rewarding to watch students develop and grow in confidence as musical performers and songwriters.

View our courses

Music HNC/HND
Degree level 4/5 1st Aug 2019 2 Years

Campus: Arts & Media Campus (AMC)

This exciting new course has been designed to enable you to develop your performance skills as a Musician or Music Producer, whilst also developing a comprehensive working knowledge of music promotion, publishing, events management, live and studio sound.

Music
Full time 2 2nd Sep 2019 1 Year

Campus: Arts & Media Campus (AMC)

This course introduces you to the field of commercial music production and performance and provides opportunities for study at a higher level. You should be enthusiastic and have an active interest in music; and you should also enjoy participation in group activities and be willing to work creatively as a member of a team.

Music
Full time 3 2nd Sep 2019 2 Years

Campus: Arts & Media Campus (AMC)

This course will give you the knowledge, underpinning skills and experience in order to succeed in the creative and media industries and to progress to higher level study such as the College's Foundation Degree in Music or to degree level study elsewhere. All applicants will be required to audition for this course by instrumental or vocal performance; you should have an active interest in music performance and composition, and be willing to work creatively as a member of a team. During the course you will study: Music Performance Techniques; Solo and Ensemble Performance Studies; Music Business; Music Sequencing; Live Sound Engineering; Music Composition; Popular Music Historical Studies; Music Theory and Harmony; Recording Studio Practice and Music Technology in Performance and develop skills in enterprise and presentation of your work.

Music Technology (Perform, Create, Record)
Part time 1 3rd Oct 2018 17 Weeks

Campus: Arts & Media Campus (AMC)

Recording and releasing your own music is more accessible than ever. This course will give you the essential skills to start recording your own or others' music in a studio or home environment.

Music Technology (Perform, Create, Record)
Part time 1 30th Jan 2019 17 Weeks

Campus: Arts & Media Campus (AMC)

Recording and releasing your own music is more accessible than ever. This course will give you the essential skills to start recording your own or others' music in a studio or home environment.