Music - Drums: HND

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Qualification Qualifications Explained
Study Mode
Full Time

2 Academic Years - 2.5 Days per week

Start date
Aug 2024
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Course overview

This two-year full-time course will prepare you for a career in today’s music industry. You will perform, record, and write music in a professional environment, playing gigs in venues across the city.

We provide lessons in your chosen discipline (Voice, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drum Kit, Keyboards, and Composition). You will also learn how to effectively use digital recording software.

The course is ideal for school leavers, adult returners, the self-employed, and those already in employment.

What you will learn

The course includes classes on the following:

  • First Study (weekly instrument/composition lessons)
  • Live Performance
  • Music Theory
  • Music Business for Musicians
  • Songwriting
  • Music History
  • Digital Audio Workstations
  • Stagecraft for Musicians
  • Music and Image: Graphics
  • Keyboard Skills for Music Production
  • Graded Unit project

Entry requirements

Entry is by audition: you will be invited in to the college for an audition, demonstrating proficiency in your chosen discipline. The audition will be the main factor in a successful application, and must include two contrasting pieces of your choice, played to an appropriate standard.

Examples of relevant qualifications could include:

  • Relevant National Certificate or National Qualification in Music
  • One SQA Higher (preferably English)
  • 1
  • You must be 16 years or over at the start of the course.

For this course, if English is not your first language

  • you need to have SQA ESOL Higher (or equivalent)
  • If you do not have a formal ESOL qualification but your language skills meet this level, you should apply for your course and then contact our Admissions team to organise an internal language assessment  here at the College.

Career Opportunities

You could enter the industry directly after your studies in a variety of roles, such as:

  • Performing musician
  • songwriter
  • producer
  • instrumental/vocal tutor
  • media composer.

Future prospects

You could follow in the footsteps of previous students who have progressed on to degree courses such as:

  • University of the West of Scotland
  • University of the Highlands & Islands
  • Edinburgh Napier University
  • Academy of Music and Sound
  • Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

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