This practical workshop and class-based performance short course is a great opportunity for students to develop their ability on their chosen instrument (Bass, Drums, Guitar or Vocals), build confidence and to meet other like-minded musicians. The course is delivered by experienced, professional musicians who bring up-to-date experience from working in industry.

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Delivered: Online or In-Person

The Course

The course will help you to improve your playing techniques alongside helping you become more confident and skilled at rehearsing and performing as a band. This course is also intended to improve your confidence too as you’ll also have the opportunity to perform a range of material in front of other members of the class helping you prepare for your final “showcase performance”.

What are you waiting for? As this is a FREE course, spaces are very limited, so don’t wait around and miss out.

Equipment Needed

  • Notepad and Pen
  • Refer to each instruments page

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Course FAQ's

All of our free short courses are accessible to those currently residing in Scotland and available to those aged fourteen and above. 

We often get this question but honestly, there’s no catch. One of the main reasons we can deliver a variety of free courses is through our partnership with Fife College which we are very honored to be working alongside.

Our free short-course delivery is now over six years long and we have issued qualifications to over two thousand students!

Your Scottish Candidate Number (SCN) is displayed directly under your name on any formal certification you’ve been given after your exams in High School or if you’ve achieved qualifications from a HE or FE college or university.
If you cannot find your SCN number you can reach out to the SQA for assistance

If you are studying at home you must provide all of the equipment in order to facilitate your studies. If you are studying at one of our centres in person we recommend looking at the equipment specifications list so you can start day one prepared and ready!

You are more than welcome to participate in our short courses even if you are undergoing full-time studies elsewhere. We do recommend that you check the dates of the course so they do not conflict with your other studies and that you make sure you aren’t overloading yourself with too much work.

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As this is an academic course in partnership with Fife College and the SQA our courses do have paperwork and assignments to complete, this helps us determine your level of understanding so we can help you develop and deepen your level of understanding.

All courses are different and for more information your course tutor can provide more detail.

Participating in courses that you may already be familiar with can be a great way of continuing your own CPD (continual personal development)

Although you may be experienced, adding additional qualifications can be a great way of showing other institutions or employers that you take your own development seriously.

Furthermore, you have the potential to meet like-minded individuals who all share the same passion as you. Ultimately, it’s up to you!

It’s always best to attend as much as you can however we do understand that opportunities or sometimes life gets in the way. All we do is recommend that we ask you to contact us as soon as possible so we can notify the tutor and support staff.

This is so that we can make sure tutors have a plan or are aware so they can help you catch up with any lessons you’ve missed.

We love chatting to potential students, if you’d like to contact us you are welcome to email [email protected]

What People Say


I took part in the guitar course and the tutors here have serious talent and ability, I certainly learned more than I ever thought I would.


If you want to improve your chops, look no further.


Meeting other like-minded musicians can be a challenge for me and honestly, everyone was so welcoming and considerate. Thanks, everyone.


As a vocalist, I was really struggling with confidence but the tutors helped me through some of my confidence issues and I cannot wait to put it into practice.

Common Questions About AMS

AMS is an independent music academy specialising in post-16 music performance and production education. We prepare students for a career in the modern music industry with recognised qualifications, with options to study in-centre or online.

We have a variety! You can view all of our active short-courses here –

Of course! We always recommend checking the events page as you can sign up for one of our Open Events that give you a comprehensive taster of what it’s like being a student at AMS however, if you’d like to know right away you are welcome to contact our Glasgow office on [email protected]

You are more than welcome to drop by and visit the centre any time however so we can ensure that all of our attention is on you (it can get really busy from time to time!) if you could call in advance, a member of our team will book time for your visit.

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