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 Keyboard/Piano applies SCM’s unique style of gospel & contemporary music education to an instrument that is both traditional and leading-edge. The Keyboard program combines keyboard skills, live performance and innovative technology to prepare a foundation for careers on the concert stage and in the recording studio. Develop stylistic vocabulary and live playing skills under the guidance of some of gospel’s best professional keyboard players, then learn to create your own arrangements and productions. SCM’s unique environment extends beyond the classroom with concerts, seminars, and opportunities for creative collaboration and networking.



To offers a contemporary and gospel approach experience with integrative curriculum for today’s complete keyboardist/pianist.

  • Combining knowledge of contemporary styles and leadership skills with a solid foundation of music theory and technique.
  • Arranging and composing, improvising, rehearsing and directing a band, sight-reading
  • Learn integrative, real-time approach in weekly forums, culminating in a personal project and final recital.
  • Prepares you for the music industry and what goes beyond school.
  • Learn Music Technology, Music Business and Marketing Skills, essential to today’s entrepreneurial artists.


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. Emphasis is placed through practical activities which include active participation in solo and group performing and accompanying, listening to wide range of genres, styles and cultures.



Those who wish to

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





  • Emphasis on live performance skills, as well as basic training in using music software.
  • Emphasis in studio-based recording and production skills.
  • Study of traditional keyboard facility including chords, scales, arpeggios, and intervals
  • Emphasis on learning notation such as clefs, ledger lines, and song forms
  • The details of analogy and digital synthesizer programming
  • State-of-the-art tools such as virtual instrument software, and midi components
  • Keyboard-based approaches to composing, arranging, recording and producing
  • Includes music theory, ear training, music history, and understanding of different styles
  • Performance classes concentrating on syncopation, playing with a drummer, and swing versus straight feels
  • Voice leading, chord construction and symbol recognition
  • Elective classes for video scoring, music directing, electronic music and more



Upon completion of the program, students will:

  • Have the knowledge and technical skill to perform in a variety styles settings in gospel music.
  • Able to demonstrate knowledge of music theory and be able to integrate it into performance and composition
  • Be able to read, analyze scores and lead sheets in a variety of styles of gospel and contemporary music settings.
  • Able to demonstrate practical proficiency of groove and improvisation in a variety of styles.
  • Able to compose and perform original material or arrangements
  • Able to demonstrate practical proficiency on and understanding of electronic and electro-acoustic keyboard instruments.
  • Understand and apply knowledge of leadership and ensemble roles in real world life settings.
  • Able to demonstrate practical understanding of the music business, including production, recording, publishing, marketing, music law and more.



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.