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Music Performance OR Music Technology Level 2 Study Programme at Red Tape Central

Course description

Build your own full time programme around Music Performance or Music Technology. With a level 2 music qualification at the core and maths and English provided (if you need it), you can pick either a music performance or a music technology based programme - the choice is yours! 

Music Performing Arts includes:

  • Preparing, developing and taking part in a performance, either as a solo performer or in a band.
  • Live Sound and Concert Production
  • Songwriting and Arranging Music
  • Promotion and The Music Industry
  • Coping with anxiety and performance improvement techniques
  • Singing and instrumental training

Music technology units include:

  • Sequencing and sampling
  • Audio recording
  • Dance music production
  • DJ Skills and DJ Technology
  • Studio Recording Techniques

Red Tape Studios has been a professional recording studios and music industry hub since 1986, delivering qualifications run by music industry professionals. Lessons are in small groups and so pupils have much more time with their tutors.

This course is aimed at people who wish to further their education and perhaps go on to further or even higher education or wish to have a career within the music industry.

Ofsted recently designated Red Tape Studios as a grade one excellent in inspection.







Course content

Performing Arts:
Breathing techniques, stage performance, song writing, music theory, singing training, instrument training, confidence building, performing as a band, live concert production, the music industry, record labels and contracts, promotion, events and gigging.

Music Technology:
Sequencing and creating music, sampling and audio editing, digital mixdown and mastering. Dance music techniques, sound effects and virtual synthesiser technology, studio recording techniques, how to become a record producer, microphone techniques, recording live musicians.

Entry requirements

FREE to 16-18 years old. Not available for 19+ learners.


Portfolio development, no exams required.

Financial information

Free if 16-18 years old.

Future opportunities

There are options for full time study for one year or up to three years in our industry standard facilities. We will guide you through regular tutorials and sessions so that you can progress with skills; confidence & experience to level 3 diplomas or stand out from the crowd and get that first step on the employment ladder.

We have industry professionals visiting Red Tape Central​ each year; for our students to gain in-depth knowledge in all areas of the music industry and beyond.

In the next few months we have:

PRS for Music - Discussing all areas of royalties, funding and earning a wage in the music industry.

Audiologist Alexandra Bartles - Discussing all about your hearing and the affect it can have on your career.

Leeds Beckett University - To discuss all things related to applying, financing and university life in general.

Professional session keyboardist Bennett Holland -

Nigel Humberstone from Sensoria - Discussing all about setting up arts projects.

Simon Lyon from Ableton - Discussing all about the workings of a music software company.

We also have film makers, composers and audio engineers.

We also visit places such as:

Drawmer -

Various universities, studios, live venues and more.

If these are of interest to you, why not contact us for an application form or free tour of our famous studios for September 2019. Level 3 Music Technology is also available.



Further information

By applying here, we will invite you in for a free tour and secure your place for 2019. Please specify whether you want Music Performance or Music Technology on your application. If you are not sure we can discuss on your tour!

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 23 January 2019
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Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Omith Mukherjee
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 0114 2761151
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