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Music students at Northampton College will have access to more than 1,000 online tutorials and lectures delivered by some of the biggest names in music production thanks to an exciting new partnership.

The college has teamed up with Education & Bass – a specialist music technology company which recently visited Booth Lane as part of Industry Week and includes guest contributions from tutors including DJ Yoda and DJ Rap in its portfolio.
Using the platform, Northampton College students will be able to develop and refine the skills they are being taught in classroom sessions, focusing on the precise styles of music they are interested in producing.

Andrew Ferguson is the founder/director of Education & Bass and performs under the moniker Nomine (aka Outrage). He said: “I started Education & Bass following five years of lecturing at college and university level because I felt that Music Technology education was not truly accessible for all and there was a lack of quality online resources.

“I now believe that through collaboration between industry and education, huge positive changes can be made to contribute towards a modern, relevant, positive and engaging teaching and learning environment, resulting in real opportunities for the next generation and much support for the music industry talent pipeline and international music technology education.

“We believe this partnership is an amazing opportunity to truly join the education and industry dots and bridge the gap.”

Northampton College will be making the Education & Bass platform available soon, giving students an edge when it comes to establishing invaluable industry connections and understanding the range of genres they may go on to work in on completion of their course.

Raff Di Renzo, Content & Partnerships Manager at Education & Bass, said: “We provide a sense of community with a human touch. It has given me the opportunity to share my 20 plus years of music production, business and industry knowledge and experience with people from all ages and from all walks of life, which is so rewarding and gratifying for me.”
Aspiring musicians will be hoping the partnership can help them follow in the footsteps of former Booth Lane student and Mercury Prize nominated rapper slowthai.

Chris Pettifer, a lecturer in music technology at Northampton College, said: “This new educational partnership will help provide our students with supplementary learning resources to complement their studies in class. We’re excited to be working with Andrew and Raff to deliver a range of tutorials and online courses that I know will be of particular interest to our music students and others looking to diversify their skillsets.”

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