HND in Music (Technology / Sound Engineering)

  • Study inside a REAL Music Industry Organisation

  • Learn from Industry Expert Tutors and Guest Lecturers

  • Pro Level Studios and Recording Equipment

  • Join the Many Successful Alumni Graduated over Two Decades

  • Link into our Wide Music Industry Network

Recording studio course

Ever been told “There’s no money to made working in the music industry“?

According to Government data, the music industry contributes £4.4 billion to the UK economy, employing 142,208 professionals, and studio engineers were paid a combined £121 million.

A successful career in the music industry relies on the networks you build; the wider your network is, and the more the people in this network know about what you’re good at, the more opportunities for work you will have. So ask yourself, would studying in a college or uni help you develop this network or give you the professional experience you need? Of the thousands of people who study music industry subjects in a college or uni every year, only a small percentage actually end up working in the music industry which surely suggests this model needs to change…

Instead of bring saddled with 3 years of course debt then spending another few years building the vital real-industry experience you need to get regular work, at Higher Rhythm you can pass your qual and get the professional experience at the same time, graduating industry-ready in 2 years.

We do things differently…

The people who really know how the the music industry works are the professionals working in it every day, and so it makes sense that the best way to develop the skills needed to succeed in the industry, is to work alongside these professionals in real industry settings.

Higher Rhythm is a high-profile music industry organisation with years of experience training real pros. With us, you will study in real recording studios filled with high-end equipment, with an in-house record label, and radio station, and with course tutors and guest lecturers who have worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry, linking you with real industry opportunities as an integral part of your course. 

We keep our class sizes small (maximum of 12) to give you more of our attention. We don’t just want to get you through a qualification, we want to give you the kind of skills and experience you need to be able to walk straight into paid work within the industry the moment you leave. 

We’ve spent 19 years delivering courses and producing highly skilled people who’ve gone on to work in all corners of the music industry so felt the time was right to disrupt the (broken) college model and offer a world class HND course where all graduates have the industry skills and experience needed to be at the front of the queue for getting the paid work.

Get in touch via the EOI form below to reserve your place on Higher Rhythm’s HND in Music Technology / Sound Engineering (qual. number 603/2275/5). There are only 12 places available each year.

Course fees £5975 per year (2 year course)

For students to be eligible for funding from Student Finance England, they must be studying on an eligible course at a provider registered with the Office for Students (OfS). The OfS is the new independent regulator for higher education in England and all higher education providers need to register with the OfS for their students to be eligible for student support in the 2020-21 academic year. The OfS will start publishing providers on its Register from July 2018. We have made an application to register and expect a decision by December 2020. No provider will be able to confirm whether student support is available until it has a decision from the OfS. Visit for more information.

Meet some of our team below…

Andy Seward - Lead Tutor

An award winning producer, engineer and musician who has worked for decades, with some of the biggest names in the industry, Andy has a long list of production and playing credits on huge selling records and is a holder of a prestigious, Sony Gold Award. Andy will bring the real industry into every session and is always willing to give you expert tips that would take 30 years of experience in the industry to discover for yourself. Time after time, clients working with Andy in our studio have said that they “learned more in a day in the studio with Andy than they did in their 3 year degree…” and this is why Andy is the perfect lead tutor for our groundbreaking HND.

Dan Whitehouse - Course Leader

With a career as a published music artist and outstanding studio engineer and having a wide grounding in teaching music industry subjects at Further and Higher Education, Dan is the course leader for our HND and is first port of call for course enquiries and content.  Dan has been involved in the design of our HND since day one and will be able to answer the kind of questions that other people can’t…

Yve Robinson - Guest Lecturer

With a career spanning decades at the highest level of the recording industry, managing Air Studios in Montserrat for Sir George Martin, and recording dozens of platinum selling albums such as, The Police’s Ghost in the Machine and Synchronicity, Dire Straights’ Brothers in Arms, and The Rolling Stones’ Steel Wheels (to name just a few…) there’s nothing Yve doesn’t know about managing a studio and working with top tier artists. Yve, who is from Doncaster and also a member of Higher Rhythm’s board, will bring her vast expertise around managing high-value recording commissions and working with clients with, often challenging, technical (and personal…) demands to create award winning music.

Skinny Pelembe - Guest Lecturer

Born in South Africa, raised in Doncaster, and now based in London, Skinny Pelembe is signed to Giles Peterson’s Brownswood Label and is cited as one of the UK’s most promising artists, racking up daily plays on BBC national radio, sell out tours, and major festivals appearances. Using DIY production for the unique video and graphics which accompany his own music, Skinny will deliver sessions around using techniques and basic tools to present music and video as a single product.

Stew Baxter - Guest Lecturer

Drummer of the Hull based band, LIFE, Stew has played venues and festivals around the world as a successful music artist and has a long background in music industry development in his own city and beyond. Stew will guest lecture on where music artists fit in, within the various parts and levels of the industry, to help develop a broader understanding of how the wider industry functions around its ‘most important product’.

Ellie Giles - Guest Lecturer

With a previous background working in A&R for major labels, Ellie has carved a successful career managing artists / music producers for the past decade, and founding her own agency, Step Music Management, who manage award winning producers who have worked for artists such as Adele, Jake Bugg, Iggy Pop, Beyonce, Liam Gallager, Paul McCartney, Placebo and countless others! Ellie will bring her vast experience around artists, labels and producers to deliver master-classes on how these industry sectors all fit together to create the music you listen to.

Stewart Taverner - Guest Lecturer

One of the world’s top repairers of vintage ribbon microphones, keeping mics working for artists such as LCD Soundsystem and leading studios worldwide, Stewart recently launched Extinct Audio, manufacturing his own ribbon mics which are outperforming the most established brands and have received rave reviews in respected industry mags Sound on Sound and Tape Op. Stewart will deliver workshops on the importance of electronics in audio production, looking at equipment in detail to reveal the secrets behind achieving the highest quality sound reproduction.

Help Musicians UK - Guest Lecturer

Help Musicians UK (HMUK) is the leading UK charity for professional musicians of all genres. HMUK help’s at times of crisis, but also at times of opportunity, giving people the extra support, they need at a crucial stage that could make or break their career. The charity will provide the HND with sessions on how to apply for grant funding, as well as sharing information about services that can help to maintain wellbeing as a music industry professional.

Suzanne Chesterton - Guest Lecturer

A multi-award winning music & radio producer with 20 years industry experience including working for the BBC and Capital FM, Suzanne has worked with artists such as Paul van Dyk to produce some of the world’s biggest radio shows and now works at Distorted Productions, producing content that reaches audiences of 8 million per month across 450 radio stations and outlets worldwide. Suzanne will bring her expertise around digital content distribution and radio promotion to our HND as a guest lecturer.

Timm Cleasby - Guest Lecturer

Operations Director of Tramlines festival and a tour manager who has worked on world tours with artists such as the Arctic Monkeys, Timm has enjoyed a high profile career in and around live music and will bring his expertise in this area through guest-lectures which will explore the mechanics of the live music industry and what goes into running successful music events.

Dan Jones (PRS for Music) - Guest Lecturer

Dan Jones is PRS for Music’s Outreach Manager for the North of England, having worked in the Membership department at PRS for Music for over a decade, acting as a point of contact for members, speaking at music industry seminars, and hosting PRS for Music events and advice sessions. Dan will bring his vast expertise around music royalties and publishing to our HND as a guest lecturer.

Neil McSweeney - Guest Lecturer

Neil teaches the MA Music Management at Sheffield University, and has a background as a touring songwriter and performer, alongside co-founding independent label Hudson Records. His guest lectures will explore opportunities for music makers and music managers to be proactive in shaping the future of the music industry.

Sofia Genders - Guest Lecturer

Co-founder of the award winning, End Of The Road Festival, artist manager, concert promoter and record label executive, Sofia Genders, brings a wealth of knowledge and professional music industry experience. Sofia will deliver guest-lectures that cover the breadth of her experience with a particuar focus on the independent spirit and ethos that can help establish a successful and rewarding music career.