Focus on music: business-like pupils key in to industry expertise
A SKILLS and Schools event organised by UK Music was held at Corby Business Academy last month – passing on ideas and inspiration to pupils on the music world.
The event informed students about the numerous career avenues available in the music industry through a series of educational workshops. Throughout these sessions, the Brooke Weston Trust pupils were given an invaluable insight into the worlds of songwriting and production. UK Music is dedicated to ensuring that more young people across the UK have access to the necessary information to take their first steps towards a career in the industry.
Singer songwriter Phoebe Katis, recognised for the success of her single ‘All my life’ (theme song to the BAFTA nominated and BIFA award winning war film ‘Kajaki’), led a songwriting workshop. Meanwhile, former Loughborough College Music Technology lecturer and DJ/producer Claire Spooner, who regularly appears in the Beatport music chart, hosted a music production workshop sharing her technical expertise with Year 7 and 8 pupils.
UK Music’s ‘Skills and Schools’ programme aims to encourage more young people towards careers in the music industry. Through talks and workshops from leading industry figures, UK Music aims to highlight the apprenticeship and further education opportunities available. Further ‘Skills and Schools’ events are taking place in Edinburgh, Frome and Dagenham during this first half of 2016.
Jo Dipple, UK Music chief executive, said: “As a sector which contributes more than £4.1billion to the UK economy and supports 117,000 jobs, UK Music is focused on teaching the value of the music business to the next generation of music industry innovators. UK Music was delighted to be hosting this ‘Skills and Schools’ event at Corby Business School to showcase the further education and apprenticeship opportunities available to young people as well as offering first-hand songwriting and production experience.”
John Henry, head of music at Corby Business School, said: “The project will raise the profile of music in the host school, Corby Business Academy, and support the existing development of this popular subject across all of the partner schools involved (Kettering Science Academy and Corby Technical School). This project gives all our students unprecedented access to current industry expertise to potentially begin the journey into what could be a very exciting career pathway.”
Pictured above – UPSKILLING: Students at Corby were learning from the experts about careers in the music industry.