Shystie, the UK's fastest MC, acquired her technical knowledge relating to working in a recording studio - at CONEL (the College of North East London).

She wanted to learn about working in a studio and coming to grips with the terminology used in the world of music, to prepare herself, for life as a performer. Shystie followed the certificated course at the College's Heron House site just before being signed to a major record label.

Shystie, whose debut album 'Diamond in the Dirt', was produced as a direct response to Dizzee Rascal's 'I love you' album, recognises that the music industry is dominated by men - who can be a little loud and overly assertive, putting many girls off studying courses in the industry. Shystie?s experience at CONEL however, was positive. "I think a lot of girls are interested in music courses - but they may be slightly intimidated by being around a lot of boys. Actually, all the boys in my class were really cool and supportive. In order to be taken seriously in the music business, you must be able to use, and understand the terminology" Said the 22 year-old star.

A 3-day-a-week course - Making Waves: Media Training for Women, commences on 10 October. BBC London and Overtones, a London studio, where Sting and many other A-list artists record, are supporting the course by providing guidance on content, teaching and work placements for some of the students. The course is designed to teach small groups of women, skills related to recording and mixing sound. The programme has been constructed to encourage women to seek employment in technical roles within media production. Few women are employed in this area, even though it is one of London?s fastest growing employment sectors.

An alternative course is available for those wishing to study video production skills, including editing on Avid and Final Cut Pro.

To find out more about Making Waves - call Jessica Pickard, project manager for the course, on: 07960 672629.

For information on other courses held at Heron House please call the course information line on 0208-442-3055.

About The College of North East London (CONEL)

CONEL has around 12,000 full-time and part-time students and approximately 1,000 staff on several sites including the Tottenham Centre, Tottenham Green Centre, Heron House and the Middlesex University Campus in Enfield. CONEL offer cutting edge facilities and inspirational study environments including excellent Information Communication Technology (ICT), a conference and exams hall and an open access advice and guidance centre.

For more information contact:

Alex Louis or Fenella Brown
Communications and Marketing
Tottenham Centre
High Road
N15 4RU

Telephone 020 8442 3113

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