If you dream of playing on stage in front of thousands of people or creating a seminal masterpiece in the studio then our Industry Excellence Academy for Music will prepare you for a career in an industry that is worth £5.2 billion annually in the UK alone (Music by Numbers).

In our Industry Excellence Academy we’ll help you acquire the skills required for a range of different disciplines including singing, playing instruments, DJ-ing and studio engineering. This will combine musical theory and musical practice, enabling you to acquire the perfect harmony of skills that it will take to have a rewarding career in this competitive industry. 

In our state-of-the art facilities, you will learn from experienced DJs who still perform all over the world and gigging musicians that tour the length and breadth of the country, as well as receive masterclasses from some of the best in the business.

You’ll also receive dedicated ‘employability’ sessions with a named Employability Tutor to develop your skills and knowledge. In addition you will be allocated a dedicated Employability and Partnership Coordinator who will support you every step of the way helping to prepare you and equip you with the skills that you will need to thrive in the workplace. 

Available Courses

Due to the current Government restrictions in response to Covid-19, the music and live events industries are not currently operating in the same capacity as usual. 

To ensure our students receive all the practical skills and experience gained from working with an industry employer, our Industry Excellence Academy partnership with Band on the Wall will now start September 2021. 


Studying in our Industry Excellence Academy for Music, you’ll learn the skills that will set you up for a rewarding career in this thriving sector. These range from a musician, with an average annual salary of £39,000 to a DJ with an average annual salary of £30,000.


We aim to bring together industry professionals and our talented students to help secure the best possible future for our students. Our industry partner for Music is:

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Band on the Wall

Band on the Wall is an iconic music venue and has been a cornerstone of Manchester’s thriving music and cultural landscape for two centuries.


Explore our gallery. From our outstanding facilities to fantastic work placement opportunities, get a taste of what it’s like working in the industry and see what you can expect from studying at The Manchester College.

I spent some time at Band on The Wall shadowing the Sound Engineers, setting up stages and generally getting things ready for the performances. Through this, I have managed to work with a Grammy Award winning Jazz Saxophonist, Bob Reynolds.
DeAngelo Mcleod

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Find out more about our fantastic courses, outstanding facilities and the career options available to you. Download the subject area guide. 

Find out more about music, join us at our online event

Join our online event to learn all about our Industry Excellence Academy for Music.

You’ll hear from our tutors all about the music courses available and our unique partnership with iconic Manchester venue Band on the Wall, hear from some of our current students, and be taken on a virtual tour of our state-of-the-art recording studios and facilities you will be using if you choose to study music with us. 

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