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Fancy a career in the music industry? Meet the Manchester music school that can help


A Manchester music school is proving that if you are determined enough to make it big in the industry you can.

Manchester MIDI School first opened its doors in 1996, the first establishment of its kind to be endorsed by the Hacienda. It has evolved into a university-accredited facility with some of the best studio access in the UK and state-of-the art facilities.

It boasts more studio time for students than any other equivalent in the country. And it’s the UK leader in audio engineering training.

It mixes the best music courses from freebies to degree level and everything in between.

Students are given access to the best in the industry.  All tutors are music professionals, signed to a range of labels and many have studied at the school themselves.

This place has the connections ready to put you ahead of the competition from the beginning. Alumni have worked with some of the biggest names in the business like Madonna, Missy Elliot, Graeme Park and Busta Rhymes.

Located in historic Bexley Square off Chapel Street, you’ll be spinning the decks a stone’s throw from MediaCity which offers employment opportunities for 15,500 people.

And there are many opportunities to work with some of the most iconic venues around, including Islington Mill.

When you work from this creative hub you’ll be walking down corridors kitted out with original Hacienda artwork, opening doors which reveal Apple-accredited studios, club-standard DJ gear and much more.

It sounds different from so many other music schools out there – not just because of its equipment. Why?

Manchester MIDI School is open to people who want to pursue their musical dream without the hoop-jumping and snobbery which surrounds so many other institutions.

No prior musical knowledge is required for most courses here. That means the Manchester MIDI school provides everything to transform beginners to big-hitters.

With a significant number of women on the music courses, it’s also smashing the myth that Manchester music is all about middle-aged white men with guitars.

And it’s busting other bugbears in the music industry too. Here you’re valued as an artist, not taken for granted as may seem the case at many other schools.

Easy access to studio time and in-house technical support team means you don’t have to save up to finance your own equipment – something which prices so many people out of the industry from day one.

Courses range from taster sessions to flagship flexible 2-year diplomas so there will be a length of study to suit you here. There are even two-day Ableton Live courses so you can train up to be worthy of playing a club within the space of a weekend.

Just picked up your A Level results? Not gained the grades you wanted?  You can start your degree here.

Manchester MIDI School recently announced a partnership to provide a University of Central Lancashire accredited Foundation Year in Music Production – and entry is not grade specific.

The Manchester MIDI School gained Foundation Degree status after this year’s university student application dates had closed, which means students going through clearing are being given the chance to study at this state-of-the-art facility.

And a number of spaces are still available for this year – music to the ears of anyone who is currently going through clearing.

Forget enormous class sizes and over-subscribed equipment. Class sizes vary between courses but are kept small enough to ensure students receive top quality tutoring.

For example, maximum DJ course size is 8, music production is 20, audio engineering is 6, and business is 12. And there’s the prospect of one-to-one support too.

At Manchester MIDI School, you aren’t just a cog in the machine. You are the machine.

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