Access to Music York
Access to Music York is the place for anyone interested in music courses in York and North Yorkshire. The centre offers courses as alternatives to GCSEs and A Levels in Music Performance, Music Technology and Music Business as well as Level 4 courses in Artist Development and Music Educator (teacher training).
Learning with Access to Music is an exciting and unique experience which is refreshingly different to being in a big school or college. We are 100% dedicated to music and we work with people who are equally passionate about music.
Access to Music York runs from a commercial rehearsal and studio business which means that your place of learning is at the heart of the regional music scene.
Our staff are all experienced musicians and they get to know who you are and what you want to be. We have a proven track record of past students going on to university and into the industry.
Access to Music York also benefits from being part of the UK’s leading popular music college which has pioneered popular music education in this country for 20 years. This means your education and training is quality-assured by our national team. Access to Music designs is own music qualifications in partnership with Rockschool, so our courses are the most up-to-date and relevant for 16-18s looking to get into the music industry.
Finally, York is a great place to study music. It has a lively music and cultural scene and there are plenty of opportunities to get out and perform or work at venues and festivals. You'll also benefit from national industry opportunities such working at music festivals and showcases for record labels.
Access to Music York
The Jam Factory
106 Eldon Street
All Access to Music centres (Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Darlington, Lincoln, London, Norwich and York) will be open for visitors on the evening of Wednesday 2nd April between 5-7pm
Find out more about Access to Music's great range of courses starting in September 2014.Get a tour of the centre, meet our staff and students and get the chance to ask questions and apply.
Book your place now! It's really easy, just complete our short online form and let us know which centre you want to go to and which subject(s) you are interested in. We'll book you in and get back in touch with all the info you need.
Music student, Beth McCarthy, is flying the flag for York on The Voice, after Kaiser Chiefs front man Ricky Wilson was impressed by her blind audition.
Sixteen year old Beth, who studies with Access to Music at The Jam Factory, performed a unique version of LMFAO’s ‘I’m Sexy and I Know It’ during her debut appearance on the show. Her performance prompted coaches Ricky Wilson and Kylie Minogue to turn around, with Beth electing to join ‘Team Ricky’ for the next stages of the competition.
Beth's ambition is to be a successful singer-songwriter. She took up playing the guitar four years ago and since then her style has since developed in a more general pop direction with a hint of country/Americana. Her early influences include former Access to Music student, Ed Sheeran, however she says her biggest influences are the local artists she sees regularly at gigs.
Asked why she decided to audition for the popular TV series, the former Mount School pupil explained, 'I've always been a musician who takes up everything that's thrown at me. It took me a long time to decide to apply to The Voice because there can be negativity around such competitions. But I believe there is no single way. It’s best to be open minded and take all the opportunities you can.'
Beth feels her Music Performance studies Access to Music have prepared her well for opportunities like The Voice: 'It would have been very difficult to dedicate myself to The Voice if I hadn’t chosen a specialist music college. I've been coming to the Jam Factory rehearsal studios since I was 11 and Access to Music seemed like a very natural progression. The course has helped with my confidence and skills and in taking the next steps. The business side has been particularly useful. I’ve never had this input before. It allows you to make a product of yourself and your music - it helps you to become an artist'.
Everyone at Access to Music wishes Beth the best of luck with the Battle phase of The Voice, which will be screened in about 3 weeks. Whatever happens on the show we’re sure that she’ll make the most of the opportunities that come her way in the future.
> Find out more about Beth