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Music institute Resonance ready to receive first ever applications from potential students

Resonance ready to receive first ever applications from potential students 

Applications are now being accepted and open days have been announced for prospective students considering studying at the brand new state-of-the-art music institute Resonance. 

From September 2020 students will be able to study for undergraduate degrees in everything from popular music performance, production, composition and business. 

Similar to conservatoires, those wanting to apply to Resonance need to submit their application directly via the Resonance website (, which they can do from today until the end of July 2020. 

All courses delivered at Resonance, based on The Waterfront in Brierley Hill, will be led by industry professionals and will focus on developing a broad range of skills needed by the sector.   

Chief Executive David Barnard said everyone involved is excited to finally be able to think about students starting at the institute in 2020. 

“Work on the building at Cable Plaza is ongoing and we are on course to get the keys back in December,” he said. 

“But now students can start applying to Resonance, and for that first cohort who attend next year, they will not only be a part of history, but will get a top-class education in the music industries.  

“Students will have to apply via the Resonance website directly and fill out the form, similar to how you would apply to conservatoires. Once their application is received they will then be invited to the audition.  

“This really is going to be a one-of-a-kind place to study music. Just thinking about students coming here and it being a hive of activity and learning is tremendous.” 

Resonance will also be holding a series of open days from January 19 next year. These open days will be a great way to understand what makes Resonance different from other providers and will give students the opportunity to see its amazing facilities and people. 

A full list of all 15 open days can be found on the Resonance website and for those wanting to attend then please fill in the booking form at 

In a further drive to engage with potential students, the Resonance team have been touring the country, travelling over 1,000 miles over the last few months visiting colleges to spread the word about the possibilities at the institute and encouraging those interested in a career in music to apply. 

On Thursday, November 21, students at Dudley College welcomed the Resonance Roadshow band for its homecoming gig and final tour date of the year after it covered more than 1,000 miles. 

Dudley College of Technology Principal Neil Thomas said:

“We are delighted that Resonance will be providing more opportunities for our learners to progress to higher-level programmes when it opens its doors next year. We recognise the contribution creative industries make to the economy and it’s an exciting proposition for our learners to have an institute backed by world-class musicians on their doorstep.” 

Alan Lunt, Deputy Chief Executive at Dudley Council, said:

“The band has done a great job out on the road spreading the word about the new music institute, which we hope will bring hundreds of students to the borough. 

“Resonance will be at the heart of DY5, Dudley’s Business and Innovation Enterprise Zone, and will massively boost both our local economy as well as putting Dudley on the national map.” 

Places at Resonance will be limited to ensure that students get the best teaching and practical experiences. 

Resonance will be welcoming students to the Cable Plaza building for open days and auditions in 2020. Classes will start that September.   

What is Resonance?

Resonance is a brand-new, multi-million-pound, state-of-the-art music institute coming to the West Midlands in 2020.    

It’s taking over the Cable Plaza building at The Waterfront Business Park in Brierley Hill, Dudley, and is set to open its doors in September 2020.    

Open days for prospective students will be held throughout 2020 on:  

  • January 19
  • February 2 and 16 
  • March 1, 15 and 29 
  • April 5 and 19
  • May 3, 17 and 31
  • June 14 and 28
  • July 12 and 26 

On its own, Resonance is a £9.5 million project, and is supported by:

  • Black Country LEP – £7.16 million
  • Unity Trust Bank – £2 million
  • Arts Impact Fund – £300k    

Places at Resonance will be limited to ensure that students get the best teaching and practical experiences. Applicants will need the equivalent of between 96 and 112 UCAS points before being invited to audition for their place.   

Undergraduate degrees on offer (to start in September 2020):-    

  • BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance
  • BA (Hons) Popular Music Performance & Production
  • BA (Hons) Popular Music Production
  • BA (Hons) Digital Music
  • BA (Hons) Music Business   

By its third year, Resonance is hoping to offer an MA in Contemporary Music Performance.  

Resonance will be offering a suite of courses under a franchise arrangement from Solent University in Southampton.   

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