The Music department invested in the new facilities to ensure their music courses in A-level music, music technology and music performance continue to grow whilst giving their students on the programme, the best possible chance of succeeding in the (music) industry.
Gareth Evans is a teacher of music and music technology and he explains what it means. He said, “We are really lucky to have had a big investment in the department with the arrival of our new studio. The equipment is what you will find in any recording studio in the country. It will help improve our student’s ability to mix. It’s like a giant IPad that they can reach in and touch and is the future of recording".
“Our students will have a professional level studio to use that is unrivalled to anything else in Suffolk as far as I’m aware – so it’s all very exciting,” he added.
17 year old One student, Charlie Coe, said, “It’s great – studios would charge hundreds an hour to use equipment like this so it’s great we are able to have this facility as part of our course. I believe that this will be hired out commercially and this will also give us the opportunity to work with current professionals in the music business to help us learn more about mixing.”
Teacher of music, Lois Hinsley, said, “We are very proud of our facilities already but obviously thrilled to add to what we already have. Our staff and facilities have helped create many successful stories relating to former students and long may this continue.
“In terms of previous successes, one of our alumni - Liam Stewart - is doing well in the world of rap. He has just released 30 tracks in 30 days with 30 videos to help promote himself. He is also doing loads of open mike nights in London working the ‘circuit’ and he is recording with a current student at One in the new studio next week.
“Other former students have gained places at BIMM, Cambridge University, Leeds College of Music, Nottingham and one of our first cohort has just finished her degree and started a job at The Sage music venue in Gateshead.
“The investment we have made will hopefully enable us to create even more successes in the future,” she added.