Practical musicianship constitutes a large proportion of the course and there are opportunities throughout the School to collaborate with some of the other vocational departments. The creative aspect of the Commercial Music course allows pupils to write original material, create their own arrangements and write for commissions.
Classes on the course are supplemented by master classes given by visiting industry professionals. These have included: Frank Turner (singer/songwriter), Claire Martin OBE (BBC 3 – The Jazz Lineup), Juliet Russell (The Voice), Lindy Robins, Steve Robson, Fraser MacColl (Jungle), Ella Henderson. Industry professionals attend many of the showcase events.
Graduates of this course have forged successful careers in the industry as professional producers, songwriters and singers. Many of our students decide to continue their studies at higher education institutes including LIPA, ICMP, Leeds Conservatoire, Royal Northern College of Music, Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, Berklee College of Music.