Dave Phillips

Music learning partner

Based in
Southampton, United Kingdom
Dave Phillips | Music learning partner

Rates: Government Funded between 16-18

Make an enquiry Phone: 02380 829666

Founded in 1994, The Academy started life in a fairly small and humble setting. Offering private instrument lessons and Music Technology courses above a music shop in Torquay. Fast forward to now and the Academy has the only national network of music centre`s offering specialist, instrument specific courses in the country.

"Bringing world class music education to our students doorstep was always our ambition and it continues to be so" - says Academy co-founder Shaun Baxter.

What AMS can offer you
You and your instrument

We focus our curriculum on each students chosen instrument. You are taught in instrument groups and in specialist classrooms that maximise your time learning your instrument. This is far more productive, progressive and relevant for today's aspiring music professional.

Industry folk

The Academy has it's roots firmly based within the Music Industry. Our centre management teams have vast experience of the business and give enormous real-world guidance and support.

The art of teaching

You will learn from 'musicians who teach' and not just music teachers, there is a big difference! We draw from a proven network of musicians and are very careful to place the right teachers in front of our students: Teachers who have the technical excellence to inspire; teachers who have the varied and valuable musical experiences to share; teachers who have the academic and communication skills to deliver our curriculum.

Be inspired, be very inspired

Using our industry contacts, the Academy runs an un-paralleled activities programme, which gives our students termly access to some of the best artists, producers, agents and managers in the country and the world. Many started out just like YOU!

To the future

Our job at the Academy is simple. To give our students access to all the tools they need to make their ambitions a reality.

Your job is to realise this opportunity! Commitment and enthusiasm to learn and practise is all we ask. The future will then take care of itself!

Your journey is our Journey
It's clear that if you are reading this, you have in some way been bitten by the musical bug!

We know what it's like to carry the dreams and ambitions you have now. You love music more than anything and have the desire to listen and to be involved in learning to play an instrument. Yet, you're possibly not sure how to make your dreams and ambitions a reality. We have been there ourselves! We have all started by playing along to our favourite songs, finding friends who want to chase the dream, getting into bands, playing small gigs and so on.

The “next step” can be a big one. Impossible for some, but achievable for many others. You will start to want to gain a better understanding of what you are playing, you may get frustrated with your playing and those around you, crashing into musical brick walls! All very common problems for aspiring musicians. So how do you go about dealing with these issues?

The Academy and the way we teach has been shaped by musicians who know what is needed. What a modern musician has to understand to thrive in this amazing but constantly changing industry.

The Academy will show you that learning to play your instrument doesn't mean you have to leave your creativity, passion or joy for your music at the classroom door. In fact, we will positively encourage you to turn up with it. Combine this with all the new styles, techniques and technology that we will offer to you throughout your time with us and you won't want to go home.

Your future
Our job at the Academy is simple. To give you the information and tools you need to make your dreams a reality. Your job is to realise the opportunity you have! To show commitment and enthusiasm to learn and practise is all we ask. The future will then take care of itself. What's more, it`s on your doorstep.

Group Classes

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma Music (Performance and Tech)

There are many facets to being a Professional Musician. Being a front man, playing a soaring solo, accompanying a vocalist as a duo, playing tight rhythm parts or even playing as an acoustic soloist!

Studying at The Academy will allow you to function and flourish in ANY musical setting. Focusing on the foundations of your playing, then allowing the personal and creative areas of your playing to flourish.

On this full time BTEC course, you will study for 16 hours per week in the following classes:

- Instrument Specific instrument lessons (4hours p/w)
- Rehearsals, Live Performance workshops and Improvisation (5 hours p/w)
- Recording Techniques (1.5 hours p/w)
- Music Theory
- Music Business
- Event management
- Music in the Community
- Composition
- Arranging
- Lyric writing
- Songwriting

Limited spaces available for Guitarists, Drummers, Bassists and Vocalists.

We are specifically interested in hearing from anyone who wants to study Bass Guitar.

Fully Funded and BTEC courses are UCAS Weighted.

Call to book an audition and interview now.

It's a: 
Academy of Music and Sound
28 Chapel Road, Southampton, Hampshire, United Kingdom
Date and time: 
Monday, Thursday Fridays - 10am - 4pm. Courses are start in Sept 13
Fully Funded#

Pro Tools 101 - Introduction to Pro Tools


If you record music for fun using Pro Tools, or if you want to make a serious career from Audio Engineering then this course is for you. If the only training you've had on Pro Tools is reading the manual then the chances are that you're only using about 5% of what Pro Tools is capable of.

Avid's Certification courses aim to make you an expert in the use and operation of the Pro Tools software so that there is nothing you can't do and no oal you can't achieve.

As an Avid Authorised training location, The Academy of Music and Sound Southampton offers a 6 week long evening course in how to use Pro Tools to a professional level.
This takes place on Monday evenings from 6pm - 9pm starting on the 2nd April '13.
Places are limited so enrol now.


16 hours


This course covers basic Pro Tools principles. It provides everything you need to complete a Pro Tools project-from initial set up to final mixdown. The course focuses on Pro Tools software and covers a multitude of new functions and feature enhancements. Whether your project involves recording live instruments, MIDI sequencing of software synthesizers, or audio editing or region looping, this course will give you the basic skills to succeed.


This course is designed for the audio enthusiast with little to no Pro Tools experience.

•Basic understanding of recording techniques, processes, and equipment.


At the end of this course, you will be able to:
•Create your first session
•Make your first audio recording
•Import media into your session
•Make your first MIDI recording
•Select and navigate
•Apply basic and mixed editing techniques
•Finish your work

Create Music and Post hands-on project

The Pro Tools 101 course includes Course Material, Exam Feed ( 2 attempts ) and training. A £50 deposit is required to book a place.

Courses are taught by Avid Certified Instructors who are experts in the software and skilled audio engineers.

Discounts available on Pro Tools Software during the course.

Call NOW to enrol.

It's a: 
Academy of Music and Sound
28 Chapel Road, Southampton, Hampshire, United Kingdom
Date and time: 
Monday Evenings from 6pm - 9pm. Weekend and Holiday time 2 and 3 day courses are available. Call for information on the next course.

Foundation Degree in Music Production (FDa) (Part Time)


6 Places available.

The Academy of Music and Sound in Southampton has teamed up with River Studios to host a brand new Music Production Degree.

The first Degree to be run from a working commercial recording studio, the programme will see Students being trained in a state of the art professional working environment, working with the pinnacle of industry equipment including Pro Tools HD, SSL Interface and console and some of the most respected outboard in the industry including preamps from Focusrite and Rupert Neve, Drawmer, Universal Audio and Avalon.

River features a large control room – where weekly lessons will be conducted - a drum booth, vocal booth and a number of recording spaces all patched into the main control room.
There is also a small café and a chill out area for students to relax in before lessons.

Selected students will also be given the opportunity to assist River’s engineers on commercial sessions – giving them an opportunity to build a portfolio of professional work experience that will help build their profile as engineers.

On top of this – successful Applicants to the Southampton Academy will also be given an Audio Qualified Laptop, Focusrite interface and a copy of Pro Tools to kick off their studies.

And if that wasn’t enough – where as Universities in Southampton are charging £9000 per year for their Production Courses, Academy students will only be charged £3990 per year!

The course will be taught in the evenings, opening up the opportunity for existing engineers and daytime workers to apply.

Application to the Southampton Academy is made through UCAS via Wolverhampton University, call or email on 02380 829666 or [email protected]

Staff are on hand to assist with UCAS Applications.

Contact us now for information on the course and open evenings.

It's a: 
Academy of Music and Sound
28 Chapel Road, Southampton, Hampshire, United Kingdom
Date and time: 
Tuesday and Thursday Evenings - 6pm - 9pm. At River Studios, Totton and Academy of Music and Sound.
£3995 per year

BTEC Level 3 Music Technology

Are you 15/16 and wondering where to go to College?
Do you want a career in the music industry?

The Academy of Music and Sound offers music technology courses that are firmly focused on developing the skills necessary for effective creative music writing and sound recording. Students in every area of work in the Academy of Music and Sound are actually encouraged to engage with music technology as a tool for personal creative development. In addition, the Academy of Music and Sound also runs dedicated courses for those who may either want to simply improve their skills, or those with an interest in pursuing a career in sound recording or in electronic music composition.

Our full-time music technology courses have been designed to equip you with both the technical knowledge and practical experience required to enable you to work in the music technology industry. To sustain work in this sector of the music industry, we believe that all students should be able to play a musical instrument and be able to operate equipment for both recording and live sound, as well as having a thorough knowledge of how the industry works and how to survive as a freelance worker.

As such, our courses focus on teaching you how to record and mix live bands who are studying on our music performance courses. During a music recording project students will have the opportunity to learn how to use Pre-tools and record their own composition. All students attend Master-class sessions throughout the course with world-renowned musicians and trips to industry events/trade shows

BTEC National Diploma Music Technology
•Qualification details: Level 3 equivalent to 3 A-levels/Highers
•Duration: 2 Years (6 terms/semesters in total)
•Lessons: Sound Recording Techniques, MIDI Sequencing, Acoustics Theory, The Music Industry, Music in Context, Computer Technology for Music, Sound Creation and Manipulation, Keyboard Skills, Recording Workshop, Live Sound, Live Performance Workshop, Music Arranging, Advanced Keyboard Skills, Aural Skills, Listening Skills, Music Technology for Live Sound

see www.academyofmusic.ac.uk for information on the Academy or call 02380 829666 for more information about this course in Southampton.

It's a: 
Academy of Music and Sound
28 Chapel Road, Southampton, Hampshire, United Kingdom
Date and time: 
16th September 2013 Monday, Thursday, Fridays. 10am - 4pm
Fully Funded


Aimed at: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.

Make an enquiry Phone: 02380 829666

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