North Tyneside has already turned out chart-topping pop stars such as Sting, Neil Tennant and Andy Taylor, and now Wallsendâ€™s Tyne Metropolitan College is fine-tuning its music production course in a bid to encourage further talent.
The course has been improved by adding the YMCA MusicÂ Studios in Queen Alexandra Road West, North Shields, to the facilities it uses.
Studio manager Stephen Williamson said:
â€œItâ€™s an honour to work with so much local talent, and itâ€™s our job to nurture that talent in an education setting.Â The qualifications we offer provide a real grounding for those looking to get ahead in the music industry.â€
For details, call 0191 229 5000 or visit www.tynemet.ac.uk/music-production
Steve added: â€œ We focus on the commercial aspect of the music industry, which provides our students with a credible distinction by equipping them will the skills, knowledge and experience needed.â€
The studios offer state-of-the art digital recording facilities, rehearsal rooms, an education suite, two fully soundproofed control areas, a large vocal booth and one of the largest live rooms in the region.
Whitley Bay alternative pop act Lisbon are among the bands to have used the studios now being tried out by TyneMet students.
Singer Matthew Varty said: â€œThe YMCAÂ MusicÂ Studios was where it all began for us.Â We have huge respect for the studio. They gave us loads of opportunities to gig, and we recorded our first two singles there.Â A few years later, we wrote and demoed our first big single, BlueLove, at the studio.Â We owe so much to the team. They helped to give us such a great start in the industry.â€