The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum begins its Sound, Technology and Audio Recording (STAR) course in October for the 20th year
The course aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills enabling them to excel within the music industry.
Aimed at the complete beginner, the STAR course is a practical course that covers subjects from microphones and how they work to mixing desks through noise gates, compressors and reverb, as well as providing an invaluable understanding of the theory of sound and how it works.
The final aim is for people who have had no experience of music producing to leave after the 10-week course with the ability to record their own session with a band.
The balance of hands-on practical experience combined with technical and musical theory make this course a must for all people embarking on a career in the music industry.
The next course is run on ten consecutive Wednesdays starting on October 6 and costs £150 or £75 concession.
Ashley Harris attended and completed the course in 1995 when he was just 15 and has since become a respected sound engineer and has been on tours with Kasabian, Christina Aguilera and Kanye West.
Ashley said: "You needed to be 16 but I was a year short so I lied, and to this day it's the best lie I've ever told. I don't know what I'd be doing if I hadn't of done the course, I certainly wouldn't be just finishing a tour with Kanye West.
"The great thing about the STAR course is that it equips you with the skills needed for this job without it being obscenely expensive or based in London. The studio and equipment is of an industry standard so the whole thing will put you in good stead for an engineering career."
Richard Elms, who manages the creative media team at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, said: “This course has been the launching platform of so many people’s careers in music and sound engineering.
"It gives people invaluable knowledge and experience that they can use immediately after completing the course and, because we teach both the practical skills and the theory, it’s perfect for those with little or no experience. The music industry is really difficult to get into and this course gives its students the advantage”.
All sessions are taught in the digital recording studio at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum and completion of the course will enable the student to hire out these facilities to create their own work.
Previous students have gone on to work as professional sound engineers, filmmakers and music teachers, including the current Head of Sound at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
For more information or, to book a place, contact Rachel Heath on 024 7683 2310 or firstname.lastname@example.org.