Music Courses

Delivering High Quality Learning and Skills for the Workforce Needs of the Scottish Music Industry

With over 30 years at the forefront of the Scottish Music Industry, Riverside Music Complex is an internationally renowned and commercially successful recording and production centre. As leaders in industry based academic excellence, we offer an unparalleled experience in music industry learning.

Our innovative courses offer a unique and rewarding insight into the music industry and provide our students with the perfect platform to build a successful career.

Students leave with a rounded education, a diploma and real life experience of working in the music industry, able to make the most informed choices for their future careers.

This is reflected by Universities and employers who hold our staff, students and courses in high regard, providing an articulation route to Higher Education and pathways to all sectors of the music industry.

"Riverside is very unique, which lends itself to an innovative and positive atmosphere. I have honestly never been to another place like it."

James Allan, Glasvegas


Read more about our range of innovative SQA accredited music courses below.

Partial funding towards course fees is available from SAAS. Please see the fees and funding section for full details.


Sound Production


Learn all aspects of sound production including: Acoustics, Multi-Track Mixing and Recording, Digital Audio Workstations, Sound Production Theory and Pro Tools.

Delivered in a working commercial environment by music industry professionals - offering an experience unmatched by other colleges.

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Music Performance


Learn the skills to a develop a career as a professional musician including: Live performance skills, Songwriting, Working in the creative industries, Music Law, Sequencing and Programming, Instrument theory and performance

Students will get a chance to learn in a commercial creative environment and work with other musicians to develop group skills.

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Music Business

Music Business

Our HND Music Business students manage all aspects of our very own independent record label Little Tiger, this includes A&R scouting, budget mangement and, of course, releasing music.

The course also teaches about the key aspects of the industry: including intellectual property, copyright, the live performance industry + digital content, technology and innovation.

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As an approved and fully accredited SQA / SAAS supported learning centre we are the first commercial music institution to independently provide fully certified SQA courses.  Our music courses are delivered from our Glasgow college campus, based just South of the city in Busby.

Course Integration

Work Together!

Students from across our 3 HND courses work together on creative projects, gaining essential experience of working together in a Music Industry environment. This provides an opportunity to network with those developing skills in other aspects of the industry, preparing you in the best possible way for your chosen career.

Real World Experience

Get Industry Ready!

Our SQA accredited courses are designed to give students the best possible chance of developing their future careers. Our innovative approach to delivery offers candidates the perfect mix of 'hands on, real world' learning and theory based study, providing all the skills and knowledge to get ahead in the industry. We adapt our courses to reflect developments from within a constantly changing industry and invest heavily each year to ensure we offer the very best in technology based learning.

Practical Learning

In a Working Commercial Environment...

At the centre of our campus is one of Scotland's most celebrated production studios, Studio 1. Offering technologically advanced commercial facilities, candidates from all subject areas have access to a range of real life work placement opportunities throughout their studies. whether you're working there as an engineer, a session musician or are greeting the band you just signed depends on which of our acclaimed music industry courses you decide to study.

Educational Facilities

Our Educational Centre features:

  • a fully interactive lecture theatre for up to 30 participants
  • a conference area
  • a fully equipped I.T. suite with 24 fully equipped Digital Audio Workstations
  • Communal student area and office space

Features of our Multimedia Centre include:

  • Studio 1
  • Control Room
  • Mix and Mastering Suite
  • ADR Suite
  • Live Room
  • Audio isolation booths 1-3
  • Lecture Room 2
  • Live Performance Area

The Creative Arts Hub is located beside the main campus and features:

  • Three acoustically designed, fully equipped rehearsal/pre-production suites
  • Studio two, our state of art multi control room production facility
  • An interactive and modern seminar suite - The home of Little Tiger
  • Recreation and private study areas.


We are delighted to work in partnership with the following professional audio companies. This offers many benefits to our students such as discounts, professional development seminars and free software. It also allows us to offer training using the latest industry standard range of audio equipment.

FocusriteKRK SystemsNovation


Finding Us

The campus is situated in Busby, just south of Glasgow, and is well served by rail and bus links from the city centre and surrounding commuter towns.

Offering a range of learning opportunities, we can provide students with the skills to open doors to better paid, more rewarding and interesting jobs. Our efforts are not focused on simply enrolling as many applicants as possible, rather it is concerned with providing appropriate guidance and support. This ensures each and every Riverside student is provided with a positive learning experience, encouraging candidates to achieve their potential.