Opening in September 2018 HCM Letchworth is one of two HCM colleges in Hertfordshire and will be located on the top floor of the Goldsmith Building on Broadway in Letchworth’s centre. The college offers Level 2 and Level 3 Music Performance and Music Production Diplomas for those aged 16+ years.
Diplomas in Music Performance (Guitar, Bass, Piano/Keyboards, Vocals and Drums) and Music Production at HCM Letchworth are awarded by Rockschool (RSL) and delivered in partnership with Milton Keynes College. The courses are specifically for students keen to, one day, have a career in the music industry as vocalists, guitarists, bassists, drummers, pianists or keyboard players, music producers or songwriters. By studying a music diploma, you’ll take your musicianship skills to the next level, while becoming an accomplished and confident performer, and learning the realities of today’s music business. Along the way, you’ll be encouraged and supported by our accomplished tutors who’ve all had thriving careers in music and remain in the industry as active music professionals and educators, ready to help you get started in music.
Music industry experience
As a diploma student at HCM Letchworth, you’ll have regular opportunities to discover the music industry through real-world learning. The college hosts ongoing activities such as Q&A sessions with music industry professionals, masterclasses with successful musicians, and even out-of-college excursions to gigs, events, music venues and more.
Diploma course funding
For UK and EU students aged 16 to 18 years old, music diploma courses at HCM Letchworth are fully funded by the UK government*, with additional funding options available for those aged 19 to 23. Milton Keynes College can offer bursary assistance, financial support and help with travel costs to students on the basis of need – further information can be found at MKC Student Services.
The very best
HCM Letchworth features three fully equipped rehearsal studios (including a dedicated drum room and digital piano studio), and a lively digital music production classroom, containing iMacs, interfaces, keyboards and mics.
All our rooms feature equipment by world-leading instrument manufacturer brands such as Peavey, Orange, Mapex, Marshall, JBL, ProEL, Line 6, Shure, Vox, AKG and Lewitt. Our drum kits come courtesy of Roland TD and Yamaha DTX, and our digital pianos are provided by Yamaha. We also use industry-leading software from Ableton Live and Logic Pro X.
Our top-quality rehearsal studios are designed to showcase your musical talent.
Looking for a Music Diploma
Whether you’re keen to study performance or production, our music diplomas courses are free for UK and EU students aged 18 or under*.
Meet some of our tutors at HCM
As well as being experts in education, our teachers play an active and successful role as professionals in today’s music business.
Marc RapsonCurriculum Manager Music Production/Programme Manager – Performance Pathway
Marc has 25 years’ experience as a gigging musician, performing with artists such as Kim Wilde and Ben Westbeech (Brownswood Recordings), as well as working in high end function bands as a musical director, Marc has a broad range of experience as a live player.
Max TrenseMusic Diploma Lecturer
Max Trense is a songwriter, arranger, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and educator. He writes, produces, performs and promotes his own music, having released a number of singles and EPs over the years.
Roisin QuinnSenior Diploma Lecturer, Vocals
Roisin Quinn is a freelance vocalist, songwriter, arranger, educator and musical director. She holds an undergraduate music degree, a PGCE focusing on 16+ education, and a master’s degree in Songwriting.