A week long “masterclass” is run every July to give students hands on experience of working with a team of recording professionals and is supported by JAMES. Students are selected by their tutors, so each year represent the top 8/10 graduating music technology students in the country.
The course involves working with a notable record producer to produce a single song with a chosen artist consisting of backing track, vocal, and orchestral arrangement using strings and brass instruments.
The course always generates very positive feedback from all, especially the students, who find the experience invaluable in helping them take the next step in their fledgling careers. So far some 75 students have taken part in the course and have gone on the work in various areas of music production and with artists such as Paolo Nutini, The National, The Horrors, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Goldfrapp.