ACM launches new songwriting pathway

Female vocal group
Female vocal group

ACM: “…students can really hit the ground running when they go on to degree.”

Contemporary music academy will offer songwriting at diploma level from both their Guildford campus and their recently opened Birmingham campus

The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) has announced a new pathway to its further education offering, as students studying at diploma level at either its Guildford or Birmingham campus will now be able to choose songwriting as an option when deciding their specialism.

ACM has been offering both a BASCA and Freddie Mercury Scholarship to its students studying songwriting at degree level, and has nurtured several successful songwriting careers including MTV’s Brand New for 2013 winner, Ebony Day.

“I’m so proud of how far all of my Creative Artist degree students have come since the start of their course,” said ACM’s Senior Songwriting Lecturer, Kaya Herstad-Carney. “Being able to offer songwriting at diploma level is fantastic, as students can really hit the ground running when they go on to degree.”

Accredited by University Arts London (UAL), students opting to study this new pathway – or on any other ACM Diploma course – will benefit from the ability to gain the Level 3 qualification, worth up to three A Levels at A* grade.

“It’s a common misconception – mainly among parents – that studying music is not comparable with A-Levels or really academic,” explains ACM Executive Chairman, Kainne Clements. “The truth is in fact the opposite! At ACM the diploma equates to three A-Levels up to A* grade and better still makes Maths and English actually count as the lessons and assignments are all centered on subjects with industry context. From deconstructing a publishing deal to studying models for distribution, it all counts towards the certificate and teaches our students how the industry actually works.”

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