School of Contemporary Music Non-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 Rhythm Guitar curriculum is based on a teaching system that develops technical, creative and professional skills in a performance-intensive, total-immersion environment. Beyond the classroom, School of Contemporary Music guitar technique is a unique opportunity to meet other players, find your creative voice, and become the player you’ve always dreamed of being.




Thorough Rhythm Guitar program focuses on the fundamentals and real-world skills, preparing our students to leave as working and successful contemporary guitarists.

  • Guitar is one of the most popular instruments in history but is also one of the hardest instruments to master.
  • Master a challenging combination of harmony, reading, rhythm playing, soloing, and accompaniment skill, along with access to a wide range of stylistic vocabulary.
  • Our Guitar performance curriculum emphasizes all of these while still encouraging you to express your unique voice.
  • The centerpiece of your learning regimen is live performance in ensemble workshops virtually every day.
  • You will have access to some of the most eminent professional working guitarists in gospel business and learn to master both the stage and recording studio.
  • Prepares you for the music industry and what goes beyond school.
  • Therefore the course includes a 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 Guitar playing.
  • Pursue a leisure interest as a Guitar playing or
  • Follow a career as a professional Rhythm Guitarist player both in contemporary & gospel.



  • Development of tone and dynamics
  • Concentration on single-string solo abilities
  • Fret board organization of minor and major pentatonic scale patterns
  • In-depth examination of chord progressions and harmonies
  • Exploration of blues tonality and structure
  • Includes music theory, ear training, music history, and understanding of different styles
  • Performance courses emphasize chart reading, stage presence, and gear set-up
  • Reading fundamentals for rhythmic figures, chord symbols, key signatures and note positions
  • Grooves such as rock, swing, shuffle, ballads, funk, and country
  • Electives in guitar maintenance and repair, classical music, slide guitar, electronic effects and more



Upon completion of the program, students will:

  • Master a wide range of stylistic vocabulary on the guitar.
  • Acquire a deep understanding of the fretboard including Chords (triads, seventh chords, inversions and extended chords up and down the fretboard)
  • Intervals up and down the fretboard and note recognition up and down the fretboard.
  • Become a proficient improviser in a variety of styles in gospel music.
  • Build repertoire, communication skills, and performance abilities by playing in an array of ensembles, varying in style and instrumentation.
  • Music Literacy: become competent at reading music in various time signatures, feels, and ranges.
  • Advanced technical proficiency.
  • Be prepared for the current music industry: competencies varying in music technology, music business, and overall literacy help ensure your success.
  • Master guitar performance both on the stage and in the studio, while developing your own unique voice.




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 £1,750 and International students set at £1,750 per academic year. Tuition fees are due in full at the start of course.

UK/EU students can pay in two equal instalments of £875 (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 Non-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.