School of Contemporary Music Certificates program provides you with a broad foundation of musical knowledge, technique and practical experience that prepares you for virtually any style of contemporary and gospel music performance.

The proven curriculum develops vocal technique and individual stylistic identity through a combination of structured classes and weekly lessons. Explore gospel & contemporary styles on stage in a wide range of performance. Learn not only to sing, but to communicate with your audience and your musicians. You will be surrounded by supportive teachers and students who will challenge you to explore your individual truth while enhancing your confidence as a worship Leader.

Praise and Worship leaders require a broad knowledge of techniques and a wide variety of skills that will enable them to lead worship in a congregation successfully. Students acquire essential experience by doing practical exercises, enabling them to be well prepared for work in the church or individual ministry.



  • Helping and assist Worship Leader to find their truest voice, developing skills to help you achieve your highest and best goals.
  • Focuses on giving Worship Leader Vocalists the tools to get to the music as full partners with great instrumentalists and producers.
  • Presents them with opportunities to gain feedback from professionals.
  • Courses are specially sequenced to maximize learning potential throughout the program.
  • Prepares Worship Leader for the music industry and what goes beyond the school.
  • Music Business which allows Worship Leader to learn the fundamentals of business models in gospel and more.


For duration of study, students will experience music as both performer and listener. This broad approach provides students with opportunities to develop their general interests in music.



Those who wish to

  • Study the art of leading Worship.
  • Pursue a leisure interest in Leading Worship or
  • Follow a career in Leading Praise & Worship.



  • Training in articulation, enunciation and stage presence
  • Sight-reading
  • Includes music theory, ear training, music history, and understanding of different styles
  • Real-world environments performing popular praise & worship genres with backing band
  • Courses covering breath control and the physiology of the voice
  • Education in computer application, music notation software and recording software
  • An understanding of the business and marketing aspects of the gospel music industry
  • Elective courses in song writing, arranging, dance and more



Upon completion of the program, students will:

  • Sing with appropriate style, phrasing, and intonation in a variety of genres in gospel & contemporary as well as traditional.
  • Sing in a large variety of ensembles, original projects with fellow students, as well as groups comprised of professional musicians in a large variety of genres & sizes.
  • Compose songs and arrange for various ensembles, and learn to lead these groups.
  • Sing with healthy vocal technique, applying their theoretical understanding of relaxed support, breath control and sing in various styles and ranges.
  • Theory is applied through the students’ daily practice routines, and through weekly private lessons with top-level professional teachers.
  • Able to have developed keyboard and music theory skills, necessary for writing, arranging and performing original compositions, as well as compositions of others with good facility.
  • Apply their skills and talents toward live and studio experiences, with the aim of cultivation of true artistry.
  • Gain practical knowledge of tools and skill-sets in the arenas of music technology and music business, towards general success in their careers, as musicians.




Minimum requirements: Students must have passed at least Five GCSE’s subjects including English Language. We welcome applicants that have studied the arts or performance or hold A Level/BTEC qualifications, or equivalent or relevant industry experience with interest in gospel music.

Musical competency evidenced by grade achievement (Grade 6) or equivalent, theory competence at (Grade 5) or equivalent.
(Non-native English speaking students need to meet our English language requirement of IELTS 5.5 or equivalent).



This will include student will be assessed in a variety of ways, weekly live performances, your own compositions, analytical and critical essays and presentations will all contribute to your mark through both coursework and tests. There will also be practical musicianship assessments, performance and skills tests, written harmony tests, some of the projects and performances will be done in groups. And also receive feedback on your work from other students as well as your tutor



If your application is successful, you will be invited to attend an audition/ test to assess music ability. Please see the relevant audition document for further information. This will cover the following areas: Performance, music theory, Aural and Sight reeading test. For more information, please contact us 0130 421 5500.



On acceptance of the offer for admission, a registration Fee of £250 (and for international students £300) is required to confirm your place on the course. This is non-refundable and separate from the final tuition fees.

Full-time Tuition Fees for UK/EU is set at £4,500 and International students set at £5,250 per academic year. Tuition fees are due in full at the start of course.

UK/EU students can pay in two equal instalments of £2,250 (to be payable on the first day of Term 1, and second instalments the first day back after the first quarter of the course if unable to pay in full at start of course.

* Fees correct as of 2017-2018 academic year. Fees will be subject to an increase of approximately 1.5% per year.



When you graduate with your Certificate from School of Contemporary Music you will leave with:

  • Networking Opportunities and Show Experience



For a detailed look at all of School of Contemporary Music’s program offerings, you can find the course brochure here.



The main building is open to students 8:00am – 7:00pm, Monday through Friday during term time.

It encompasses classrooms, practice rooms, recording facilities and studios.



  • Most classrooms are equipped with a full backline
  • When classes are over, select rooms convert to exclusive rehearsal facilities for School of Contemporary Music students



  • Workstation-based audio labs feature an array of industry-standard recording software and outboard gear
  • Used for both group instruction and individual projects



  • Instruments available for study and practice
  • Computer-equipped practice terminals
  • Library loan of instruments
  • Library loan of CDs, DVDs, books and more



  • Professional studios provide hands-on experience
  • Top-of-the-line equipment from prestigious manufacturers, including large-format mixing consoles from Allen & Heath, Mackie Console, Spirit folio Mixer and Yamaha Mixing Console.
  • Project studios are available for students to record, mix, and edit music



  • Opportunities to access hall for school live performances.