Young Producers

Saturday Music School Tech
(ages 13 - 18)

Saturday Music School Tech is the only course of its kind in a UK conservatoire.  The programme is designed to introduce and encourage young people through music technology. 

Using our state of the art facilities, students attend classes taught by friendly, specialist staff from the industry.  Prior experience is not always necessary in order to attend the course.

Topics include:

  • Recording techniques and software

  • Roles in the music industry

  • Location recording

  • Affordable recording

  • Microphones

  • Music and media

We have links to many of the fantastic studios and live music venues in Leeds.  In addition to classes here at the conservatoire, external visits are arranged wherever possible and previous trips have included visits to Eiger Studios, Greenmount Studios and the Brudenell Social Club.

Classes are kept as small as possible to ensure that students have the opportunity to try out their ideas and work closely with staff and other students.  We particularly encourage young female producers to apply; we believe in the importance of addressing the gender imbalance across the industry.

The SMS Tech course takes place every Saturday morning during term time at Leeds College of Music from 9:30am – 1pm.  Activities are run in an informal and friendly atmosphere and there will be plenty of chance to socialise during supervised breaks.

Is it for me?

SMS Tech students will ideally have some experience of music technology and/or playing a musical instrument, but this is not compulsory.

SMS Tech projects evolve with the students and so the programme changes year on year according to their needs. Students will usually attend for a number of years to develop their knowledge with an extensive programme of activity.

If you would like to get a feel for what we do, please come along to our SMS Tech Open Day on Saturday 14 May. 

How do I take part?

If you apply to our SMS Tech you are guaranteed an interview.  Prospective students are invited to an informal interview where we can find out more about them and ensure that this is the right course for them.  Before the interview, students will be asked to send an example of their work if they have one, such as an original piece of music/mix/recording so we can hear their ideas.

We normally interview students for a September start but late applications will always be considered if we can accommodate them.  

What does it cost? 

The fee for the 2016/17 academic year of SMS Tech is £540, which can be paid in instalments by standing order.

We have a bursary fund that supports students and their families dependent on their situation. Bursaries are applied for every academic year once the audition process is complete. This is to allow for any changes in circumstances. 

If you'd like more information on the bursary process, don't hesitate to e-mail us. We advise all new applicants to discuss this with us after the audition process is complete.

SMS Enquiries

If you have any questions, please get in touch.

0113 222 3449 |


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Book on an SMS Tech Open Day

Book your place on the SMS Tech Open Day to find out more.

Apply for an SMS Tech interview

Interviews for SMS Tech will take place on Saturday afternoons in June.  Please complete the online application. 

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