Traditional Music Performance HND

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New for August 2019, Our HND in Traditional Music Performance is the ideal course for traditional vocalists and instrumentalists looking to hone their craft, and learn the skills and knowledge required to build a successful career in the industry.

Combining practical learning with the academic study of the theory and history of music, our Traditional Music HND offers an exciting opportunity for traditional musicians to study at our creative campus near Glasgow.  Successful candidates will have frequent access to our commercial quality studios and rehearsal facilities and will collaborate with other musicians whilst working on the song-writing, recording and live performance modules.

Partial funding towards course fees is available from SAAS. Please see the fees and funding section for full details.

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You may have already undertaken some formal music schooling or be completely self-taught, we look for students who have a passion for music performance and can demonstrate ability on traditional instruments or vocals. You will have the opportunity to further develop your playing technique through individual study and one to one sessions with our expert tutors, who are all active and highly experienced in the industry.

The live performance portion of the course will give you the opportunity to build your musical skills as part of a group, develop a professional stage presence and learn about the practical aspects of gigging and the entertainment industry. These skills will be put into practice throughout your time studying here, at our live showcase events which take place in some of Glasgow's top venues.

“The new HND course at Riverside Music College is an exciting development in the field of education of Traditional Music in Scotland. The team at Riverside have a deep understanding of Scottish Traditional Music, in terms of performance but also how to successfully capture and record the music with gorgeous results.” - Chris Stout

Riverside Music College features one of the most celebrated studios in Scotland, offering an unrivalled environment for our students to make the most of their talent and creativity. Our students have full access to our world class facilities and have countless recording opportunities throughout their time studying here. The campus is located in Busby, just south of Glasgow, with excellent transport links to the city and surrounding areas.

To receive a hard copy of our prospectus, simply get in touch with your name and address. To view a digital version, just click here

When filling out our online application, please state your chosen first instrument in the 'other info' section.

(SCQF Level 7)

Entry Requirements

Minimum of One Higher (Band C or above, music is highly desirable) or equivalent plus passes in at least 2 other subjects at NAT 5 or equivalent. Students must demonstrate ability on at least 1 instrument, or voice.


2 academic years (HNC can be obtained after 1 academic year)
August - June
18 hours

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