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South Staffordshire College’s Foundation Degree music performance technologies students were feeling starstruck last month after enjoying a unique opportunity to present their final projects to a panel that included international superstar DJ Lisa Lashes.
The event, which took place at the University of Wolverhampton’s state-of-the-art Performance Hub on Wednesday 16th May saw the students, who are working towards Foundation Degree qualifications at the college’s Tamworth Campus, take to the stage to present to a panel of musical experts.
The culmination of 2 year’s hard work resulted in students presenting a range of musical interfaces that they had made as either hardware and/or software devices. These projects included a light sensing instrument, a voice analysis tools, multiple guitar effects as well as a touch sensing glove that enables the multi layering of audio samples in a live performance.
Needless to say, for aspiring musicians, the chance to meet the highly acclaimed Lisa Lashes was one of the highlights of their course. The DJ, who is the only female artist to ever break into the Top 10 of ‘DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs’ has a prolific career in dance music spanning over twenty years. During her career, Lisa Lashes has entertained scores of clubbers and festival goers across the globe and as well as performing in 33 countries, is also an ambassador for musical talent. Her ‘Lashed DJ Academy’ gives those under the age of 18 the chance to learn under the hand of a DJ and producer who has filled stadiums, headlined global festivals and produced some of the biggest Euphoria albums of all time.
Speaking after his presentation, student Liam Dyer said “The day was a great experience. Having the opportunity to perform with an instrument and software that I have made myself, to a panel of industry experts, was very rewarding.”
Developed in partnership with the University of Wolverhampton and designed to play a significant role in shaping the future of the music industry, the College’s Foundation Degree in Music Performance Technologies provides aspiring musicians and engineers with the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in Music Performance/Production, Electronics and Computer Programming. Working in custom designed music production studios the students also gain first hand experience in songwriting, performance, composition and hardware prototyping. Having launched in 2016, the course is producing great results and this year, students will be going on to finish their dissertation years as well as starting their own businesses, manufacturing their prototype musical interface devices.
When asked about his experience as a student on the Foundation Degree, Dominico Angelakis said “Coming back to education after a few years out, my course has made me realise my potential and has driven me on to achieve even greater things.”
The Foundation Degree in Music Performance Technologies is just one of many university level courses available at South Staffordshire College, many of which are available at over £2000 less than most universities. Delivered at the College’s Campuses in Tamworth, Lichfield and Rodbaston, some courses can also be studied on a part time for complete flexibility. From animal science and professional musical theatre to event management and computing science, whatever your career ambitions, there will be something for you.
Whatever you choose, you can still apply for this September.
To find the course for you visit www.southstaffs.ac.uk or call 0300 456 2424.
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Course Name: Music Performance Technologies
UCAS Code: W370
Institution Code: W75
Modes of Study: Full and Part Time