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Portsmouth College’s ‘Studio 101’ work with ALNS students

ALNS BTEC Music classes in Years 9, 10 and 11 have had an exciting day working with Portsmouth College’s ‘Studio 101’ to record, compose and be creative with music this term.

After the success of last year’s NCOP recording project, Portsmouth College together with Southern Universities Alliance secured funding to start a new project called ‘Studio 101’, using a professional, portable recording studio to work with schools and groups in the city, giving opportunities for young people to record and work with outstanding equipment and expertise.

Year 11 students worked with Year 13 BTEC Music Technology students to produce four outstanding recordings for their CD projects.   The Year 11’s were very professional, both in their performance and in learning the recording techniques needed to capture each other’s’ performances.  Boe Weaver, Ryan Warren and Harrison White controlled a whole recording independently by the end of the session and the two bands demonstrated fantastic team work throughout.

Year 9 students enjoyed a class on creative industry, exploring composition within the music industry.  They were set a challenge to compose to a brief, using a single word as inspiration for their song or soundtrack.  All of the groups performed confidently and there were some great textures, motifs and chord progressions produced.  They enjoyed working with the college students and hearing about their course and career aspirations.  By the end of the lesson, all of the students were aware of some different opportunities for further study and career within creative industries.

Year 10 BTEC students were already experienced at working within the portable recording studio and quickly settled into the huge challenge of recording their class performance of ‘Don’t Stop Believing’.  They also tried out a range of solos and small ensembles, practising their recording skills and gaining experience of different techniques and scenarios.   The quality of work produced was excellent and the students were extremely pleased with their results.

A huge thank you to Chris Wood and Portsmouth College Music Department for their continued support and for giving our students these outstanding experiences.


Written by: Ms Hudson