Abbey Road opening educational institute

Abbey Road Studios has made its first foray into education with the launch of Abbey Road Institute.

The international initiative, taking place at locations across the UK, Germany and Australia, consists of a 12-month Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering, and is aimed at students aged 18 and over.

The curriculum, developed by audio education specialists in conjunction with Abbey Road engineers, promises a unique mix of theoretical and practical modules designed to help participants take their first steps toward a career in audio engineering and production. The course also covers other areas of the music industry, including studio management and music business administration.

The course will be taught by qualified lecturers and recognised music industry experts including producers and label execs, while also featuring guest lectures from the iconic studios’ engineers.

“Abbey Road Institute benefits from the studios’ 80 years of audio expertise, distilling some of our knowledge into a curriculum of classroom learning and practical studio experience. I’m delighted that the Institute will nurture and inspire a new generation of audio professionals," said Peter Cobbin, senior director of engineering at Abbey Road.

The London Institute will be housed in the legendary north London studio complex, and will provide students with access to brand new purpose-built classroom and studio facilities. Those taking part will also get the opportunity to use Abbey Road’s recording spaces, control rooms and equipment.

Luca Barassi, a qualified audio engineer with 12 years experience in audio education will head up Abbey Road Institute, London, and added: ”Synonymous with excellence in recorded music for more than 80 years, Abbey Road’s continued success is largely due to its staff and their knowledge. Now we will be able to share some of this expertise in a course which will provide first-class vocational training for people interested in forging a career in the music industry."

Additional Abbey Road Institutes will launch in Berlin, Munich, Melbourne and Sydney for September 2015 intake, with more locations to be announced shortly. These students at these institutes will also have the chance to visit and learn at the UK studio.

The Abbey Road Institute is now accepting applications for a limited number of places for the September intake at all locations.