Monthly Archives: March 2013

The Institute to open in Cardiff with the University of Glamorgan

Having delivered cutting edge contemporary music education for 25 years, the Institute is delighted to announce the launch of a new partnership with the University of Glamorgan.

From September 2013, the Institute is extending its superior music education experience to the Welsh capital and will be, in partnership with the University, creating and offering a new and exciting Bachelor of Music Degree in guitar, bass, vocals and drums.

This will not only provide musicians the premier opportunity to study contemporary music to the highest standards in Wales, but will allow them access to the University’s inspiring facilities and environment. The programme will be delivered at the custom-built ATRiuM campus situated in the heart of Cardiff city centre, allowing student’s unrivalled access to work alongside fellow music production students and cutting edge music recording facilities.

Students on the BMus Contemporary Music Performance will also benefit from the opportunity to take an optional Rockschool Licentiate during their final year, allowing them to graduate with an additional and accredited teaching qualification.

Institute alumni have been playing and performing successfully across the UK for many years with artists such as The Vaccines, Jessie J and Radiohead. The Institute in London boasts an outstanding teaching Faculty with a wealth of music industry experience, and is thrilled to partner with the University of Glamorgan to expand its renowned teaching methods into another important music capital.

Pete Whittard, Operations Director at the Institute, commented “this is a wonderful opportunity for the Institute to partner with the University of Glamorgan in creating a new and exciting degree in Contemporary Music Performance. We know that it will offer a professional pathway into a career in the industry for aspiring musicians.”

Cardiff and Wales as a nation offers a diversity of cultural opportunities, and is built on a heritage of music, home to such musical successes as Manic Street Preachers, Tom Jones, The Stereophonics, The Alarm, Bonnie Tyler and Feeder who all continue to inspire generations of music makers.

Professor Peter Robertson, Dean of Faculty for the Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries stated that “it is appropriate that we are launching in collaboration with the Institute, a flagship contemporary music performance course during this year when Cardiff plays host to the international WOMEX 2013 music expo and showcase event”.

More information about the partnership and the new BMUS Contemporary Music Performance can be found at


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Jools Holland Bassist to Join The Institute, London for Learn to Play Day 2013

On 16th March 2013 Dave Swift, best known for being Jools Holland’s long term bassist since 1991, will be visiting the Institute’s campus in London, to support National Learn to Play Day.

Dave has played with just about every major name in contemporary music, from KT Tunstall, Lily Allen, Amy Winehouse, Adele and Richard Hawley through to some of the giants of the 20th century like George Benson, Smokey Robinson, Eric Clapton, Al Jarreau, Chaka Khan, Jeff Beck, Tom Jones, Paul Weller and BB King – Dave has laid down his immaculate and grooving bass lines for them all – live on TV, in the studio, and on tour.

A master on both electric and acoustic bass, his time with Jools’ Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, has seen him perform at a myriad of events including Dubai International Jazz Festival, Blue Note Tokyo, Amnesty International, the Montreux Jazz Festival, Glastonbury Music Festival, the G8 conference for world leaders including Tony Blair and Bill Clinton, and the Millennium Night celebration at the Millennium Dome for Her Majesty the Queen.

Dave is still in demand as a session musician, and has also played double bass and bass guitar for 80’s pop star Rick Astley, American soul singer Gary U.S. Bonds, Ben E. King and on ex-Kinks frontman Ray Davis’ album ‘Other People’s Lives’. He was also in the House Band on the ‘Johnny Vaughan Tonight’ show, and has most recently been playing bass for comedian turned singer Alexander Armstrong.   He currently performs on BBC Radio 2’s ‘The Jools Holland Show’, and on ‘Later…with Jools Holland’ on BBC2 as well as constantly touring around the UK and internationally. When Dave is not playing bass, he still finds the time to play his first instrument, the trombone.

On Learn to Play Day, the Institute will be welcoming people into its state-of-the-art campus to have a taster lesson in the instrument of their choice with one of its outstanding faculty members.

Dave expressed his enthusiasm for being involved in the day, saying: “I am so pleased that I’m able to visit the Institute for Learn to Play Day, which is a fantastic initiative from the MIA to get more people taking part in music. It will be such a great and unique opportunity to share my experiences of being a professional musician for the last 31 years, particularly my long association with Jools Holland, who is in fact a patron of the charity. I’m delighted to be supporting a world class education provider such as the Institute, which is the perfect place for your first introduction to a musical instrument.”

The day will run from 10.00am, with hour long sessions in each instrument, as well as a couple of other workshops. Participants who are 16yrs and over will be eligible for a 60% discount on Part-Time Courses throughout 2013. In addition, a partnership between the Institute and DV247, will allow attendees to receive exclusive packages/deals from DV Acton, West London

To get involved with National Learn to Play Day at the Institute please email to reserve your space. For more information please visit:

Dave Swift with Paul Weller and Amy Winehouse Dave Swift

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The Institute’s prestigious Higher Diploma welcomes April intake

April  marks the Institute’s first intake of 2013 with its ground-breaking Higher Diploma, a specialist one-year full-time course created to train, equip and inspire students of guitar, bass, drums and vocals for a career in the music industry. It was the first full-time course of its kind developed in the UK, and it continues to set the industry standard in its development of aspiring musicians.

The Institute is widely recognised as Europe’s leading school of modern music and features an unrivaled teaching faculty, many of whom regularly work and tour with the music industry’s biggest artists.

The long standing reputation of the course and its proven track record has produced alumni that can be seen performing with high profile artists such as Radiohead, Eric Clapton, The Noisettes, Kylie Minogue and Babyshambles.

This intensive course is specifically for musicians and singers wishing to study a wide range of contemporary styles and looking to fast-track the development of their performing skills and overall musicianship. Students will experience plenty of practical playing time through modules focusing on styles, instrumental technique and reading notation. Weekly live performance workshops provide the opportunity for students to perform in a live band situation and regularly apply their skills into a practical context.

Programme leader Mike Sturgis says:

“The Higher Diploma programme at the Institute is the most comprehensive and intensive course of its kind anywhere in the world. The curriculum, facilities, faculty and its unique positioning at the heart of the global music industry ensure that students are well equipped for a wide range of career opportunities. Our goal is their success.”

The Institute’s Higher Diploma has revolutionised the study of contemporary music in the UK. And the April intake of this unique course means that you will receive a saving of £200.

If you would like further information about applying for the Higher Diploma or other Institute courses, please contact:

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