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Who is this course aimed at?

Adults who are interested in learning to rehearse, perform and play music in a live environment. This could be for practising musicians who enjoy music as a hobby, musicians who wish to collaborate and play in a group/band or performers who would like to develop their music skills in a live setting.

Overview of the course

This course provides an introduction to music performance and the practical skills needed to rehearse and perform music in a live environment. On this course your tutor will guide you through the fundamentals of rehearsal techniques and concepts and working together as an ensemble to produce a live performance, making reference to contemporary music examples. You will also be encouraged to set up your own projects outside of college and use your tutors expertise to get feedback.

Entry Requirements

No previous learning is required, however a passion for either music or live performance is essential.

Dates and Times

The 2021/22 academic year start dates are being finalised, applications/pre-enrolments for this course will open around May, please check our website around this time and apply/pre-enrol online. If you have any questions in the meantime please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Course Length

8 weeks.

Course Modules/units

  • Specified and dedicated rehearsal techniques
  • The importance of reflection and reflecting in practice
  • Rehearsal room setup and etiquette
  • Working as a collaborative ensemble
  • Rehearsal room to the stage; the development of process
  • Interacting and exploiting the use of front of house systems
  • The audience as a consideration

Teaching Method(s)

Students will be taught by a specialist music performance tutor in an industry standard rehearsal environment. The course is mostly practical based, but performance theory will be covered.





Reasons to choose this course

We provide a concise yet comprehensive course delivered in an industry standard environment by a practicing music and performance specialist.


Industry standard rehearsal room and live audio equipment.

Skills you will develop

  • Performing skills and techniques
  • Rehearsal techniques
  • Confidence development
  • Ensemble development skills
  • The ability to reflect and evaluate; during and after the performance
  • The understanding of stage and audience

About the course tutors

Gordon Train MA in Composition, BA (Hons) Music Performance, PGCE Masters Level (Further Education teaching)

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Music Tutor

Gordon is a Progress Tutor for A Level and Vocational students, a tutor of Vocational Music and a peripatetic guitar teacher. His specialisms lie in performance, composition and event management. He is a practicing, live musician who runs his own company providing live music for corporate and private events. Gordon has also been a Learning Support mentor whilst previously teaching in other subjects such as Public Services where research techniques and development were his primary focus. 


Contact Us

If you would like to enrol, you can do so via our Enrol Now page.

If you have any further questions about York College please email info@yorkcollege.ac.uk or call (01904) 770770.

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