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Pro Workshops

Pro Workshops are an amazing addition to ACM’s Student Experience. Outside of the regular timetable there is a rich source of Extra Curricular Activities and Pro Workshops open to all ACM students.

Pro Workshops run throughout the ACM academic year with activities being subject to change due to demand, timetabling and external factors – here follows an example of some of the Pro Workshop sessions that can take place which are open to ALL ACM student.

January – April 2016

Harmony Tool Box
Kaya Herstad-Carney (Cross Discipline)
Mondays 14.15 – 15.45 in Room 8.5 Rodboro
This interactive and informal session aims to explore various approaches to creating vocal harmonies and arrangements from gospel, folk, pop and blues to heavy rock, barbershop, choral, Pentatonix and everything in between. Open to all, don’t worry if you haven’t got experience, this is a place to build this working alongside people of various skill level and theory knowledge.

Pro-Workshop Choir
Kaya Herstad-Carney (Cross Discipline)
Mondays 18.15 – 20.15 – Demo 1 Rodboro
Do you enjoy messing around with different voice qualities and styles? Would you like to do high profile gigs and performances? Does the prospect of recording choir arrangements with established artists excite you? Do you do beat boxing, percussion or are interested in manipulating voices? If you are interested in any of the above why not come along for a session: This will not be a traditional choir, although we may do some Gospel Songs and existing arrangements, but if Glee and Pitch Perfect is all you know about harmony singing, you might be surprised at how many exciting ways you can harmonise in a vocal group.

Jazz Workshop
Pete Roth (Cross Discipline)
Mondays 18.30 – 20.30 Room 3 Rodbro
This popular workshop is open to all students across all disciplines. The workshop introduces a jazz-standard from different genres such as Swing, Bebop, Jazz funk, Fusion, Latin and Gypsy jazz. Come along and jam.

Theory Godfather
Luke Cook (Cross Discipline)
Mondays 18.30 – 20.30pm
ADC Production School Lecture Room
Struggling with music theory? Already an accomplished music theory nut? Here is an offer you can’t refuse. Theory Godfather is the ‘Don’ of Music Theory. No questions are too difficult or too insignificant for theory boss Luke ‘el Capo’ Cook. Open to all students, this is your chance for assistance, guidance and inspiration with all things that are Music Theory.

Maximise Your Potential
Sarah Campbell (Cross Discipline)
Tuesdays 1:45pm-2:45pm ADC Production Room
Want to build confidence for your career? Want to make the most out of your strengths and minimise your weaknesses? This masterclass is for you! Through learning about the psychology of the self, what makes us tick and what makes us more effective, these masterclasses will help you become the best you can be. Information and knowledge about psychology will be introduced, along with practical tools to help maximise your potential. Discussion and debate will follow, but you are welcome to just come along and listen.

Improv World Tour
Frank Tontoh (Cross Discipline)
Tuesdays 18.15 – 20.15 Room 3 Rodboro
Come and join legendary musician Frank Tontoh on a ‘world tour’ of music and improvisation. All styles and genres of music are jammed-out on a weekly basis, and some creative, exciting and challenging tunes are always on tap. Come and learn to improvise from one of the leading musicians and musical directors of the U.K., and world’s music scene.

Mix Doctor
John Gallen (Production Students Only)
Tuesdays 17.30 – 19.30 Room 16 Rodboro
Come along to The Mix Doctor’s Thursday Surgery and bring your productions, songs, remixes or anything you are working on to get valuable advice and feedback. The session is hosted by John Gallen who’s recording and production credits include: Queen, Motorhead, Osibisa, Uriah Heep, George Benson, Boy George, Billy Ocean and Go West to name a few. A good opportunity to meet other like minded producers and artists studying at ACM. An informal 2 hour session…pop in any time after 5.30pm.

Americano Guitar Workshop
Jon Bishop (Cross Discipline)
Tuesdays 18.15 20.15 – ADC Demo 2
If you are into all things country, rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly, surf guitar and all other roots styles then this is workshop is for you. Open to all every week, drummers and bass are particularly sought after. The material that you would need to learn is posted on the ACM individual Facebook pages.

Production Only Workshop – Dissertation Support
Gary Bromham
Tuesdays 9.00 – 10.00 and Tuesdays 10.00-11.00 ADC – Production School Lecture Room
A very useful but optional offering for the production students this term and in that sense not compulsory. It’s almost a drop in session offering additional support in preparation for your major dissertation in the summer and used in conjunction with the one to one tutorials. However the module takes its lead from Media Presence and Project Planning section in your course books. So if you feel that you may need help with your dissertation structure, presentation, research methods or anything else that you may be unsure of then these sessions will be well worth attending.

DJ Workshop
Chad Jackson (Production Students Only)
Tuesdays 14.00 – 17.00 in 33Hz
The DJ workshop is a chance for students to learn the various skills required to be a modern DJ. The skills are useful for perfecting the students musical ear, with regards to production, arrangement, performance and trying out their own productions on a nightclub sound system. Beginners are catered for in a separate upstairs room, with individual help and tuition given by the tutor. More experienced students take control of the main club system, with help and assistance given by the tutor and his team of various experienced alumni.

Recording Workshop
Kevan Gallagher (Production Students Only)
Wednesdays 15.00-19.00 in the Audient Studio (Room 20)
The recording workshop is a 4 hour studio session (bookable by students) to work on their own projects and receive the help of other students on the session. Kevin will be there to oversee the work and offer his expertise but the idea is that it is a proper recording session to allow students to learn the best ways of making a session work and to learn new

Metal Workshop
Steve Smyth (Cross Discipline)
Thursdays 18.30 – 20.30 Demo 2 ADC
Each week Steve will guide you through essential techniques and approaches in this popular genre. Throughout these sessions you will cover key material from top artists such as Pantera, Metallica, Cannibal Corpse, Dream Theatre, Sepultura, Whitesnake, Korn plus more. The workshop is a goal-oriented creative workshop with the students based on songwriting in the metal music style, end goal being a live performance in front of their peers. Students of all instrumentation (guitars, bass, keys, drums, vocals) are placed into groups, and given a mission of formulating riffs as basic engines of creation for songs. All levels of players are encouraged to attend, as this is an open, bias-free environment, in which all styles of metal music are revered, explored, and created within. Don’t forget your earplugs!

Soul Workshop
Brian Henry (Cross Discipline)
Thursdays 18.30 – 20.30 – Room 39 Global
These sessions are for students with a dedicated passion for soul or for those who would like to learn more. Vocalists will focus on singing in an expressive way involving improvisation, licks, scatting, phrasing and a cappella harmony work. Instrumentalists will get under the skin of soulful music from blues & jazz to funk & neo soul including artist case studies. Every session we choose a song, learn it and then perform it live. This workshop covers all areas of Soul music including Classic Soul, Funk, Contemporary R&B, Neo Soul, Jazz Funk, Gospel, and Rare Groove.

Theory Godmother
Abi Evans (Cross Discipline)
Friday 9.00-11.00 Room 1 Rodboro
Friday 11.15-13.15 Room 8.5 Rodboro

Join ACM’s Theory Godmother for some fresh perspectives on music theory. Struggling with ear training? music theory? music notation? These are Music Theory ‘drop in’ clinics for all students giving them a chance to explore various approaches to help connect to their specific learning style. It also gives production and songwriting students a chance to develop their understanding of applied scales and harmony to help develop their compositional abilities. The level of learning depends on the individual student but it tends to be beginner to intermediate currently. All of these subject areas and more are catered for by ACM’s Theory Godmother Abi Evans. All skill levels welcome!

Overcoming Performance Anxiety
Sarah Campbell (Cross Discipline)
Fridays 4pm-5pm Youth Café space, YMCA Basement
Do you want to be the star who walks out onto the stage, positively strutting and oozing confidence? Wonder why some find it so easy, while others struggle with the spotlight? Find social situations make you anxious? We have a great workshop that will help you combat your performance nerves and confidently take centre stage. The psychology of anxiety will be introduced, identifying causes and symptoms and explaining why it happens, what it “looks” and feels like. Sessions will introduce practical tips and tools to firstly manage performance anxiety, and secondly to overcome it. Later classes will explore tools that help performers and creatives to drop into a ‘flow’ state. These masterclasses will provide information and explanation about anxiety and practical tools to help deal with anxiety. There will be some discussion and debate, but feel free to just come along and listen.

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