HND Music

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"You're in safe hands here" - Former student, Lewis Capaldi

Our HND Music course is delivered from our Motherwell Campus where you will be taught by practising industry professionals in our dedicated performance rehearsal rooms and labs. Throughout the course you will receive instrumental tuition on your first-choice instrument, to build on the skills developed in your HNC Music course.  There will be further opportunities to hone your performance skills in a series of live performances at Glasgow-based venues including Oran Mor, King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, Ivory Blacks, Box and The Blue Arrow.



Please note: Entry is by audition only and subject to the successful completion on an HNC Music qualification.



The course is highly practical with a focus on employability and preparation for further study and/or gaining employment in the music industry. 

Choosing to study with us will offer an enriching experience in both the academic and technical pursuits of music. From music theory and history to performance and composition, this course offers a diverse range of advanced units from which to study. 

You will have the opportunity to receive one-on-one lessons on an instrument chosen from the following options: Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Saxophone Vocals and Piano/Keyboard from professionals who are still active within the music industry. Performance skills are also developed within weekly performance classes utilising our fully-equipped rehearsal studios and through frequent performance opportunities at venues across Glasgow and North Lanarkshire. You will also gain valuable ensemble experience by participating in groups and bands.

Advanced music theory and history classes will deepen your understanding of style and musicianship as it applies to your chosen speciality and beyond. Regardless of your training background or skill level, our specially-designed theory classes ensure that all students can be accommodated. Further classes in Live Events, Songwriting, and Music Business Skills equip you for both the performance and business aspects of the music profession. 

Popular jobs for music performance graduates are performing artists and music teachers. As a performing artist, you may find a career as a soloist or enlist with a band. You may also choose to work with a recording, television, film or other entertainment-related company. Other opportunities include theatre work, combining musical performance with dancing and acting. Job prospects in other music-related businesses, include radio, publishing, production and retail.

If you decide to teach music, opportunities are available in schools, private music schools, colleges and more. Many graduates choose the entrepreneurial route, teaching from home or starting their own business.

Modules covered include:

  • Music First Study: Instrument
  • Music: Live Performance
  • Music: Online Promotion
  • Music: Songwriting
  • Music: Session Skills
  • Music for the Visual Arts
  • Music: Graded Unit 2

New College Lanarkshire has also developed links with a number of industry partners, and you may have opportunities to undertake performances/placements at music festivals, venues or industry conferences.

Where can I go from here?

Graduates of this course will be able to go directly into the following courses: