UTTA PROFESSIONAL MUSIC GUIDELINES

*An UTTA course should be taught by a teacher with certified or established teaching and / or training skills, and the ability to work to objectives and plans.

*Teachers should demonstrate a level or creative and practical musical skill or experience suitable for the course being taught, so skills should be relevant to the goals being sought.

*The course should be defined by a scheme and lesson plan system, but with flexibility within the constraints of the course and depending on the needs of the student.

*UTTA professional music courses (excepting school courses and team building days) should only be offered in the context of a commercially run studio environment.


*UTTA professional music courses (as described above) should always aim to result in the production of a commercial standard CD.

*The focus of studies should be, where possible, on original music or on original sound processes.

The following are the main objectives and hallmarks of an UTTA Music Course. Aims of individual courses may vary but each provider should be able to promote and develop the following skills:

The active development of creative and performance skills.
Soundtrack creation in response to a theme or visual story.
Music creation in response to lyrics - or vice- versa.
Free composition.
Styled composition in response to a genre of music, for example dubstep, funk.
Jamming and free group music development.
Collaboration in performance and composition.
The development of practical notation systems.
Style and/or harmony development and approximation.
The development of atmosphere.
The exploration of original sound notions.
Rhythmic understanding and percussion as related to dance.
Practical performance skills.
Recording experience.
Microphone technique and building harmonies.
Organising a performance.
Varying a set list for audience.
Stage presence and activity - audience identification.
Image development.
Confidence.



1. The aims of the course will be to increase creative confidence, practical composition skills, active performance, listening skills, an appreciation of different sound types and genre features.
2. The course should be taught and designed for an active context, with the student placed in a role.
3. Students should be encouraged to identify genre features, particularly over longer courses and to use existing music as a creative stimulus..
4. Lyrics development may form a part of a course.
5. Instruments of testing should be researched, devised and used by course organisers.
6. In group courses, participants should be encouraged to vary the role they play, e.g. vary the instrument, produce, record etc..
7. Where opportunities arise, course material should challenge or engage students' genre and era ideas.
8. Group and pair work can be important in some courses.
9. Samples and non-musical sounds should be encouraged and studied.
10. Copyright regulations should be strictly adhered to.
11. The course should be structured but flexible.
12. Modules should be differentiated and teaching should reflect differentiation in every circumstance.
13. Agreed schemes should be in place at the start of the course and activities should be planned which relate to the scheme and take into account student progress and needs.
14. Students should be offered recommended ongoing learning suggestions where required.
15. A leaflet or online page should be provided to the student outlining course details prior to student acceptance.
16 .No student having attended fewer than 75% of lessons should be considered to have passed the course.
17. A certificate and brief report should be provided on completion of every course.
18. Student and staff feedback should be a part of the course


Model UTTA Music courses are currently run from the Beehouse Recording Studio, SY225LD.