Music and Music Technology Courses

Our Music and Music Technology Courses are delivered by a team of experienced staff who are active professionals and their expertise is valued by our students.

There are excellent facilities for students including dance and drama studios, recording studios and two iMac suites running Logic, Reason, Sibelius and Soundtrack Pro. We also have a concert hall and practice rooms for bands and orchestras. Further education Music and Performing Arts programmes focus on developing a wide range of skills to prepare students for careers in the industry. Our Creative Arts Curriculum Areas are vibrant and dynamic community of practitioners encompassing classical, jazz and popular musicians alongside creative media specialists.

Our Higher Education programmes have a strong vocational bias with a high level of relevance to professional practice in the musical and media industries and are designed to develop proficient and versatile practitioners. Music and Music Technology Qualifications are available in Music Education, Popular Music and Film Music and Soundtrack Production. Click here to visit the School of Music and find out more.

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Full-time Courses

Music Production and Technology Level 3
Popular MusicLevel 3
Professional MusicianLevel 3

Luis Williamson, Popular Music Level 3

"I really like working in a team with other students to write new music, and learning about the music industry is really enjoyable!"

Elliot Berry, Popular Music Level 3

"I enjoy using the high-quality equipment. The performances are very beneficial to my progression. Tutors are always keen to help and keep us well informed. The campus is always calm and a good environment to learn in."

Sam Copus, Music Technology Level 3

"I have enjoyed studying this course. The content is varied and there is flexibility within each project we do. Much of our time is spent working with real musicians to then produce their music to a professional level, whilst also being able to create our own pieces as well."

Safia Mckinney-Askeur, Professional Musician Level 3

"Regardless of your chosen instrument and genre you can explore lots of different musical styles. The breadth of experience has broadened my skills base, in preparation for my Bachelor of Music degree and future career."

Emily Frost, Popular Music Level 3

"Out of all the colleges I went to look at, Colchester Institute was the best option for me. I like performing on stage, and playing with other musicians is great fun. The tutors are amazing and are always really helpful."

Francesca Adams, Popular Music Level 3

"I really enjoy the freedom and creativity we are given to allow us to make our time spent here as enjoyable as possible. Everyone is very kind and the teachers couldn't be more helpful."

Harry Bullard, Popular Music Level 3

"The course lets me learn on my own terms by allowing us freedom on how to use our time. The campus has lots of facilities to provide you with all of your study needs."

Harry O'Neill, Popular Music Level 3

"The most enjoyable aspect of this course is the like-minded classmates alongside the enthusiastic tutors. Weirdly I enjoy the commute to college as it allows me to get used to travelling."

Lewis Hollidge, Popular Music Level 3

"I love how different areas of the industry and different music styles are all catered for. I chose Colchester Institute because I wanted spend my time learning and mastering my craft, now every lesson is my favourite lesson!"



Our Students

New single and video from 2019 graduate

Examples of students on YouTube doing what they learn here.

Ex Music Tech Student 2018 8.5 Million Views

NME Winning Band Rat Boy, members from Music Tech and Pop Music


Live performances by our students


Live performances by our FE Alumni

The Singer featured in the video is an ex Colchester Institute music student

One of the rappers and the Drummer featured in the video are ex Colchester Institute music students





Music courses geared up for 2020 and beyond!

  • Large percentage of students gaining places at top music colleges (Leeds College of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, Guildhall School)
  • A curriculum that enables students to become high level singers and musicians in order to pass any audition
  • How to record and produce professional music in any style at college and then also at home.
  • Expert coaching on planning a music career using YouTube, Spotify and other social media platforms
  • Conservatoire level composition and music theory training
  • A practical approach to online learning for 2020/2021
  • Regular recording sessions
  • Weekly performances

Great facilities!

  • Large concert hall with two concert grand pianos and professional live sound equipment
  • 15+ Pianos
  • Small and large practise rooms for all styles of music
  • Large multitrack studio with grand piano

Course Leader for Music, Michael Allen BMus, MMus, MMP, FGSMD says…

“This course has been designed to get you wherever you want to get to in music. Whether that be at a University, Music Conservatoire or a career as a recording and performing musician, we can help you achieve your goal. The combination of high level musical training in any style with unrivaled practise, recording and performing facilities means we send our students towards a career in music. No question.

You wont find a course that has this level of industry relevance anywhere else”

Course Leader for Music Technology, Rhett Moir BA (Hons) says…

“The music industry is so diverse now and there are more opportunities to find employment than ever before. We have had ex-students mix gigs at Wembley, Compose for films and video games like Spiderman and Watch Dogs, DJ all over the world, Set up and work in recording studios and become award winning artists performing at Glastonbury. The collaborative nature of the courses and the skills you will build will mean you can thrive in either higher education or employment in the industry. I’m looking forward to working with you”