The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London was delighted to welcome students from Winchmore School for a high-end industry standard experience of cutting edge music technology on Tuesday (22 October) at the College's Enfield Centre. Using newly equipped music studios which were built over the summer, Winchmore School students worked with College's Music Technology learners to produce musical tracks of their own.
The students, accompanied by Jo Martinez, Head of Expressive Arts at Winchmore School joined up with Cyrus Armstrong-James, the College's Curriculum Manager for Creative Studies and his students to find out more about producing and creating music.
Winchmore School student, Kate Brown, said: ''I really like the facilities here, the equipment and musical instruments look so professional." Overall, the students rated their visit as good and excellent and described it as a 'very productive and interesting day'. The College's facilities include a live room, control room, high end recording equipment, musical instruments and soundproofed rooms.
Jo Martinez said, "I am really pleased with this type of exciting collaboration. Our students can experience and discover a whole new perspective to learning and understanding music technology. I hope this will be an on-going relationship that we can build on."
Cyrus Armstrong-James said: "The event today was fantastic. Both sets of students worked seamlessly together in recording music for the 'Xmas E.P.' and show for Winchmore School using songs from the musical, 'We will Rock You'. The College's students got to experience how to record for external clients who they had never met before and the Winchmore students got to experience how real multi-track recording sessions work in a fully soundproofed professional studio using both a live room and control room to engineer. The equipment used was top of the range from Yamaha Custom Kits to SE Gemini 2 Microphones. No expense has been spared in giving students the equipment that is used in all the best recording studios in the world including Gary Barlow's off X-Factor!"
College learner Kirstie Coreett mentioned, "It was great to teach younger students even though we are still learning ourselves. It helped me to understand more about Music Technology. Sessions like these give us the confidence we need for the real world when we are looking for work as well as understand better how to meet the needs of our clients."
Music Technology is taught at both our College Centres in Tottenham and Enfield. For more information, please call the Course Information Line on 020 8442 3055 or visit www.conel.ac.uk