SMS Tech (13 - 18 Years)

Saturday Music School Tech is for young people aged 13–18 who are interested in learning more about music production.

Saturday Music School Tech is for young people who want to learn about music production, and is the only course of its kind in a UK conservatoire. 

Students will learn how to record in a music studio, work with MIDI and audio using Logic Pro X and Ableton Live, and record live bands. 

Students are enrolled as a junior member of Leeds College of Music.

  • Starts:
  • Duration: Saturday mornings for 30 weeks
  • Venue: Leeds College of Music
  • Fee: £560
  • Study Mode: Junior LCoM

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About the course

The course is an excellent introduction to anyone who may wish to study Music Technology at A-Level or BTEC or wants to know more about music production techniques. 

Topics include:

  • Recording techniques
  • Working in a recording studio
  • Mixing and mastering
  • Roles in the music industry
  • Location recording
  • Live Sound
  • Music and media
  • Getting the most from Logic and Ableton Live


Students have the opportunity to try out their ideas and work closely with staff and other students.  

The SMS Tech course takes place every Saturday morning during term time at Leeds College of Music from 9:30am – 1pm. 


Watch our SMS Tech students in the studio:

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Open Days

Our friendly Open Days are designed to give students the opportunity to see what it's really like to study at Saturday Music School.   

Why not come along to our next SMS Tech Open Day to find out more (date TBC). Places must be booked online.

Open Day bookings for 2018/19 entry will open shortly.

Entry requirements, fees & applying

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for students to attend the SMS Tech course.


The fee for the 2017/18 academic year of Saturday Music School Tech is £560.

 The fee can either be paid full or in instalments by standing order.

Instalment payments

An initial deposit of £80 is required by 1 September. The remaining £480 can be paid in 8 instalments of £60 from 12 October – 12 May by standing order.


We want to ensure that no one turns down a place at SMS due to cost.

Fees can be paid in instalments and we also have a bursary fund that supports students and their families dependent on their situation. In 2016/17 bursaries of between 7% and 69% were awarded.  

Find out more about applying for a bursary.

How to apply

We strongly recommend that you come along to our SMS Tech Open Day.  

This will give you a good idea about what the course involves and will help us decide whether the course is right for you.

The Open Day for 2017/18 entry has taken place. If you are interested in applying for a September 2017 start, we may be able to consider a late application.  Please email to express your interest.


Terms & conditions

If a student withdraws from SMS during the four weeks of term, only the enrolment fee will be charged. After their first half-term, one term’s notice in writing must be given of intention to leave and any balance of fees paid.  If an overpayment has been made a refund will be calculated.

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