London music school, ICMP (The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance) and The Music Producers Guild (MPG) have announced that music producer, remix artist and topline specialist, Rookes is the recipient of their new Music Production scholarship.
The initiative was created for anyone passionate about music production, but who might not normally be able to consider higher education as part of their career development.
Rookes will be given the opportunity to study on ICMP’s one-year Cert HE Creative Music Production course without having to pay the tuition fees.
“I was looking at short courses to extend and sharpen up my production skills anyway, seeing as lockdown had robbed me of all my gigs and I was moving into production quite naturally as a result,” Rookes tells Headliner.
“I had joined the MPG back in January, which is how I connected with Olga Fitzroy. So when she posted about the scholarship it seemed like a great opportunity, even though it required a year’s commitment. I’m still amazed that I got it, to be honest, but that’s testament to the fact that you should always take a punt…and do it with energy!”
This course provides students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in live, studio and digital music settings utilising the latest industry-standard equipment and computer software.
“I was quite frank in my application about the fact that I am already producing,” Rookes admits. “I have created a production-based YouTube series around my coming debut LP, “#popnotpop”, worked on seven commercial releases to date, and am currently working with artists on three more. Furthermore, I was very clear on the specific ways this course would help me. I’m ambitious, but I’ve been active in the music industry for six years, so I’m also realistic.”
Not only will Rookes learn in ICMP’s high-tech Mac Labs, 24-track studios and dedicated teaching spaces, but she will study how to use industry-standard software including ProTools, Logic and Ableton.
“I’m very excited to be looking at in-studio engineering, as thus far I’ve evolved as a DIY/ DAW producer. I’m also excited to be diving into the ProTools sessions – I’ve only ever used ProTools when co-producing in someone else’s studio, so it will be fun to really focus on exploring its capabilities for myself.”
The course is designed to be flexible – allowing for adjustments based on the ever-changing demands of the industry. It also enables progression to the practical BA (Hons) Creative Music Production course, a programme aimed at supporting aspiring music industry professionals to develop their skills and launch successful industry careers.
“Being a multi disciplined music maker has taken me a long way,” says Rookes. “There’s definitely something to be said for pursuing your interests as hard as you can, because that’s what’s got me to this stage. But the more I engaged with production projects, the more I became aware of my limitations in terms of the technical aspects of what I was doing.
"Creativity was never a problem, but there’s only so many hours I can spend on YouTube looking up tutorials. The course offers much more targeted and systemic learning that I believe will give me a solid foundation of knowledge to approach those production projects with even more confidence in the future.”