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Music Performance & Production

If you live and breathe music, we’ll set you on the path to a career in the industry. This could be as a singer or backing vocalist, session musician, band member, songwriter or composer, or sound engineer. Our project-based learning approach helps you develop your knowledge of practice and theory, while our industry-experienced teaching staff help you grow your performance and technical skills.

Course overview

In Year 1, you focus on developing your performance and technical skills through participating in a range of activities designed to simulate real industry situations. With each new project you have the choice of following either a performance pathway, or a production pathway. Each pathway will teach you the history and theory behind the discipline while allowing you to learn in an active environment using industry standard equipment.

By Year 2, you are ready to work on a number of self-directed projects that allow you to specialise in your own areas of musical interest.

If you’re considering Higher Education or conservatoire study, you are supported through the UCAS application process.

You continue to learn about the music industry, music theory, composition and studio production. The year concludes with a self-designed music project that allows you to fully explore the area of the industry that you are most passionate about.

Throughout both years, you work with students of other disciplines to put on a range of performances - some in our own theatre space and others at venues across Liverpool. You’ll also benefit from workshops by industry professionals who share their knowledge and experience with you.

Course highlights

  • Perform in our 100-seat Willy Russell Studio and in our weekly Soundcheck Sessions, and at external venues across the Liverpool area.
  • Participate in workshops and masterclasses with visiting professionals - past guests have included Will Young, Nile Rodgers and Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne.
  • Experience regular trips to venues, exhibitions and networking events such as the British Music Experience and Off The Record in Manchester.
  • Collaborate with students from other disciplines - including actors, dancers and technical theatre and design students - to put on a range of performances throughout the year.
  • Benefit from industry-experienced tutors who have a wealth of musical knowledge and performance experience and are still active in the music industry

Skills to be developed

  • Academic research and writing
  • Composition
  • Electronics
  • Foley
  • Live sound engineering
  • Music business
  • Music theory
  • Performance
  • Sequencing
  • Songwriting
  • Studio production

What our students go on to do

Students who have recently graduated from the Music Performance & Production course at LIPA Sixth Form College have gone on to study at:·

  • Academy of Contemporary Music
  • BIMM
  • Futureworks
  • Leeds College of Music
  • Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts
  • Royal Northern College of Music
  • Salford University
  • University of Huddersfield
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Liverpool

Enrichment activities

We offer a range of enrichment activities alongside your studies, which vary from year to year depending on our students' interests. Previous enrichment activities have included directing, scriptwriting, our weekly lunchtime gigs the Soundcheck Sessions, knitting club, theatre special effects makeup, LGBTQ club, choir and football.

Did you know?

  • Our LIPA Sixth Form College choir has performed several times at Anfield, home of Liverpool FC, to an audience of thousands of football fans on match days
  • 2019’s End of an Era gig for Year 2 students was held at the Liverpool Philharmonic’s Music Room, voted Best Live Venue two years running

How do I apply?

We usually hold in person auditions and interviews for our courses. However, the application process was different for September 2021 entry due to the coronavirus pandemic. We still used our online application form and the application period was 1 September 2020 to 31 January 2021.  What differed was our selection process, which was undertaken entirely online rather than in person. Providing there are no pandemic-related restrictions in early 2022, we will revert to in person auditions and interviews for September 2022 entry.

The details of what applicants are asked to do each year change slightly, but there is always a prepared element/response to a brief and interview questions, which we provide to help you prepare in advance. Guidelines will be available shortly.

Auditions and interviews are held in February and March, and decision letters are sent out in April.