From this month, the Gateshead College music courses will be delivered with Sage Gateshead, a world renowned music venue and internationally recognised centre for musical education.
The move will give students access to a unique working musical environment where they are surrounded by internationally acclaimed artists, world-class practitioners and expert teachers.
Students who enrol on the Level 2 and Level 3 music courses will gain a diverse range of skills and knowledge required for a successful career in the industry including jobs working as professional singers, musicians and producers.
Kevin Smith, head of group, creative and cultural at Gateshead College, said: “It’s fantastic to team up with a world-class organisation such as Sage Gateshead.
“This unique partnership will allow students to live and breathe what it’s like to be a professional musician.
“They will be able to enjoy a learning experience that will give them the best opportunities to kick-start their music career.
“I’m sure many will go on to achieve success and, who knows, become as famous as other North East stars or follow in the footsteps of tutors on the course and become session musicians and band members for world famous artists.”
Katherine Zeserson, director of learning and participation at Sage Gateshead, said: “This exciting new delivery partnership with our friends and neighbours Gateshead College will provide distinctive, professional learning opportunities for music students.
“So many young people who learn about music with us go on to become successful working musicians and teachers.
“The students at the college will now be able to study alongside expert musicians and perform in world-class facilities.”
The music courses will cover a wide range of areas such as performance, creativity and technical know-how.
They will also equip students with general business skills that will give them the commercial acumen to launch their own music venture or to impress potential employers.
Ensuring that students are better equipped for the world of work is part of a long-term plan at Gateshead College, which became one of the UK’s first entrepreneurial colleges last year.
As part of this plan, the college is adapting teaching techniques, styles and timetables to give students more flexibility, a more personalised education and the experience of learning about enterprise and entrepreneurialism on a day-to-day basis.
More at www.gateshead.ac.uk for course information.