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 Live Sound Engineering is a unique course. This course emphasis and prepares graduates for a wide range of creative and professional opportunities in the fields of music recording and production. Through hands-on courses taught on industry-standard equipment by professionally accomplished instructors, students learn to manage the audio production process from the studio to the live stage, including pre-production, recording, editing, and mixing both studio recordings and live musical events. Concepts and technical skills are presented from a practical perspective with an emphasis on musical and creative applications.

Live Sound Engineer requires board knowledge of technical and wide variety of skills both in gospel industries & church PA system setting. Students acquire essential experience in order to be well prepared for work in the church or individual ministry.

Student will experience live sound as performer, and listener. This broad approach provides students with opportunities to develop their general interests in live sound. This also provides students with the opportunity to developing skills in live sound mixing performance or in performance with the use of multi tracks. Emphasis is placed on the study of live sound through practical activities which include, active participation in live sound with solo and group performing and accompanying. Listening to music from a wide range of genres, styles and cultures, and creative expression through equalization, microphone, cabling, use of mixer, connection, arranging & good production.



  • As much as it is about composition, songwriting, engineering and arranging, music production, the course prepares you for managing a process.
  • Learn historical and technical background they need to compete in the world of production
  • Develops the necessary tools and techniques needed to take ideas to the next level.
  • Prepares you to effectively work alone or in groups, with elements of every facet of production under your belt
  • Armed with a solid catalog of competitive material along with a network of music and entertainment professionals to further their career goals.
  • Prepares you for the music industry and what goes beyond school.
  • Music Business subject which allows one to learn the fundamentals of business models in gospel and more.



Those who wish to

  • Study the art of Engineering.
  • Pursue a leisure interest as a Sound/Audio Engineer or
  • Follow a career as a professional Sound or Audio Engineer both in contemporary & gospel field.



  • Practical concepts of live/audio engineering and acoustic science
  • Every aspect of the recording and mixing process
  • The use of industry-standard recording equipment
  • Modern and classic tools, such as the recording console, digital audio workstation software, outboard equipment, plug-in, and more
  • Topics include studio design, sound for picture, and studio etiquette
  • Emphasis on managing the complete live process, from setup to monitor and front of house mixing, and live recording
  • Additional emphasis on mixing music, dialogue and special effects for film, television, and other visual media



Upon completion of the program, students will:

  • Have acquired and developed through knowledge and hands-on experience of the proper practical and technical skills needed to be a successful recording engineer and producer.
  • Understand and operate analog and digital equipment found in studios
  • Achieve a high degree of proficiency in employing Pro Tools™ (the industry’ standard Digital Audio Workstation). Students are prepared (and can elect) to earn official Avid Pro Tools™ certifications at no extra cost
  • Understand recording session makeup, personnel roles, and studio etiquette
  • Record voices and instruments (from single performers to ensembles) with proper microphone choices and techniques
  • Evaluate and edit recorded performances
  • Use audio processors to solve problems and achieve desired results
  • Understand Mixing techniques, and finished work delivery considerations
  • Understand analog subtractive synthesis and sampling technologies
  • Understand basic post-production techniques and workflows



Music is the raw material to be moulded into successful productions. It follows that a deep understanding of music is paramount to a producer.

Students will:

  • Understand music theory
  • Develop hearing and listening skills to analyze the harmonic makeup of a composition, and ensure proper musical outcomes
  • Understand arranging and write parts for ensembles
  • Analyze scores with ensembles, guide rehearsals, and conduct performances
  • Acquire basic musicianship skills (Drums, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Vocals) to share ground with musicians and enhance their communication abilities
  • Understand musical genres and their history, equipping them with the necessary frames of reference to successful choice-making


Technical and musical abilities must be complemented by the ability to adapt one’s role and be of service to the music and its performers. Ultimately, a producer’s abilities must instill confidence in all participants, a key to success in the studio.

Students are exposed to situations which lead them to acquire the following skills:

  • Lead projects from conception to completion
  • Make appropriate technical and artistic choices to each new circumstance;
  • Direct recording sessions in ways that ensure positive results (i.e. guide and support musicians, choose specific technical interventions by studio staff, etc.), and develop the necessary “people skills.”




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.