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Our music and performance taster days may consist of one, some, or all of the activities listed below - please get in touch for bespoke arrangements.

Deep joy - fun with scripts

This practical taster session will look at fun ways to approach play scripts, exploring skills and techniques which allow the performer to deepen their understanding of the text and of the playwright's intentions. This heightened awareness then allows them to build a more convincing character and fully inhabit their role.

Duration: 2 hours
Maximum number of students: 30

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Performance masterclass

To excel at popular music performance, most musicians find the 'devil is in the details'. Students spend an hour working on the finer points of musicianship and performance skills with Solent University lecturers with the aim of transforming a good rendition into a professional-quality performance.

Duration: 1 hour (can be combined with the recording and mixing masterclass)
Maximum number of students: four bands

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Performance demonstration

A great opportunity to hear our current music students perform and to ask questions about the music courses at Solent, and university life in general. Academic staff will also be available for advice and guidance.

Duration: 40 minutes
Maximum number of students: 15

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Working in the music industry

This session provides practical advice on building a successful career in the music industry and introduces the wide range of jobs available in the sector. It also includes an interactive session on generating creative responses to current industry challenges and opportunities.

Duration: 90 minutes
Maximum number of students: 40

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Recording and mixing masterclass

This session offers hands-on experience in our industry standard recording studios. Work with Solent lecturers and students to create a professional-quality multi-track mix. Students will get to use the latest software and hardware, including Avid Pro Tools HD, an Avid S6 control surface, Neve and Empirical Labs outboard, Dynaudio monitors, Neumann microphones and Sonnox plug-ins.

If combined with the performance masterclass, students also get the experience of recording and mixing music performed by themselves and/or their peers.

Duration: 1 hour, or 2 hours if combined with the performance masterclass
Maximum number of students: 15 (plus bands)

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Sampling and sequencing masterclass

Learn sequencing techniques from basic to advanced in our fully-equipped music lab. This masterclass will focus on the use of Logic software to sequence and edit music in the digital domain.

Duration: 1 hour
Maximum number of students: 24

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Book a music and performance taster day

  • Select your taster day
  • Your details
  • Additional information
  • Would you like our staff to deliver a subject talk at your college prior to the taster session?
  • How will you be travelling to Solent?
  • Your taster day may be shared with another college or sixth form. If you do not wish for this to happen, please tick the box. We may be in touch to discuss the date if another college has already requested it.
  • As an external staff member, I have read and abide by the terms and conditions of Solent University's taster day guidelines (
  • If you are unsure about any of the points highlighted in the guidelines, please contact a member of the partnerships team for further information. You can email us directly: We kindly ask that all staff accompanying their students to one of our on-campus events have read the guidelines.
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