School of Contemporary Music Diplomas 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 Bass Guitar is a unique course programme for gospel and contemporary bassist. This bass curriculum provides a broad foundation, playing skills and musical knowledge in gospel and contemporary electric bass playing experience. The program starts with a proven system of intensive technical training and applied performance. The unique approach equips you to handle any style from funk to rock, jazz, R&B and more, unlocking your unique style of playing and putting you on the path toward your professional and creative goals.



Through immersive musical education prepares bass players with the real-world skills and concepts needed for success.

  • Combines theory, sight reading, musicianship and practical live playing
  • Develop a firm grip on harmonic movement, time, and groove, while also mastering recording techniques and composition.
  • Experience multiple genres of music in gospel.
  • Ensemble Workshops allow Bass students to play with best musicians and experience real-world scenarios.
  • Prepares you for the music industry and what goes beyond school.
  • Music Business subject which allows one to learn the fundamentals of business models and more.



Those who wish to

  • Study the art of Bass player.
  • Pursue a leisure interest as a Bass player or
  • Follow a career as a professional Bass player both in contemporary & gospel.



  • All aspects of theory and musicianship for the electric bass
  • Playing techniques for finger and slap styles
  • Exposure to various grooves like rock, funk, shuffles, swing, Afro-Cuban, country, and more
  • Fret board basics covering triads, chords, scales, harmonies and arpeggios
  • Includes music theory, ear training, music history, and understanding of different styles
  • Reading fundamentals for the bass clef, with rhythmic subdivisions, pitch identification, and string positions
  • Performance classes to fine-tune listening skills and stage presence
  • Experience with chart reading and band interaction
  • A choice of elective classes for topics like upright acoustic bass as well as genres like R&B and jazz



Upon completion of the program, students will:

  • Develop a thorough knowledge of the proper technical skills needed to be a successful performer on the instrument.
  • Cultivate a firm grasp of the musical values essential to good bass playing, including time, groove, tone production, dynamics, and form comprehension
  • Demonstrate a command of a variety of gospel & contemporary musical styles, including repertoire from rock, funk, hip-hop, neo-soul, Latin, and other styles.
  • Master valuable real-world skills, including studio recording, synth bass doubling, and use of pedals and effects.
  • Apply these skills in both large & small performance ensembles, developing the ability to interact with other musicians, take direction, follow a conductor, and lead an ensemble.
  • Develop the ability to improvise, including soloing in a variety of musical styles and settings with gospel music.
  • Have a solid foundation in music theory, functional keyboard technique, and general music literacy
  • Understand music technology, music business, marketing skills which are essential to today’s entrepreneurial artists.



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 reading 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 Diploma 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.