Create programme - Music leadership programme


Music Leadership Programme is designed to equip musicians with the tools to lead in a variety of commercial, artistic, community and educational environments. The programme combines creativity and employability and has the parallel aims of training musicians to become dynamic Music Leaders in commercial settings and inspiring Music Leaders in creative settings.

Tutors in the NewVIc Music Leadership Programme faculty and visiting faculty have worked extensively in the commercial music industry producing, performing and writing with artists such as Amy Winehouse, George Michael, Corinne Bailey-Rae and Gnarls Barkley.

In-house tutors have current music industry experience, ranging from composing for commercial portfolios to DJing and production for artists including Wookie, Suli Breaks and Master Stepz (Choice FM).

This programme will explore the relationship between commercial music and publicly supported commercial arts and culture. The programme will also examine the role of the creative industries in harnessing digital technologies to create and distribute new work and engage audiences.

Students will be encouraged to develop a 360 degree approach to being a musician, with a strong emphasis on collaboration, improvisation, song development, digital music, workshop leadership, performance and project management.


Students will be expected to produce a portfolio that showcases their work as a creative artist and evidences their experience as a Music Leader.

Creating digital content

All content, whether composing for video games or the download charts, will build your portfolio and be represented on the in-house record label.

Live performance showcases

Students will be expected to showcase their work through a variety of performance opportunities.


Planning, staging and promoting a live event is an important part of being an enterprising professional musician. Students will stage their own performances and festivals as part of the record label artist roster.


Students will benefit from the vibrant and exciting Create tutorial programme that combines Art and Design, Music and Technology, Media and Performing Arts. Support and activities are offered to help enhance their creativity through interdisciplinary projects. Create assists with career pathway decisions through application support, visiting professionals, opportunities to showcase create work for live events and exhibitions.


The course combines instrumental lessons, group workshops, seminars and mentoring with professional project placements. Having a flexible approach that acknowledges different genres and types of music alongside a good understanding of theory and technology is important for any enterprising musician. Students are encouraged to form bands, join ensembles and choirs and to form production companies with artists working in other creative fields such as film or dance.

MAP Visiting faculty and international artists

Students will benefit from a range of exceptional visiting faculty artists who use their expertise to curate a programme of masterclass workshops, instrumental lessons, creative ensembles, music industry mentoring sessions and work experiences placements.


The Music Leadership Programme is delivered in partnership with the award-winning Newham Music Hub. The hub brings a dynamic range of partner organizations to NewVIc including Yamaha, Future Publishing, Music First, Stratford Circus, Jazz Warriors International, Barbican, WOMAD, Urban Development, New London Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) and the International Guitar Foundation.

To apply

Students interested in a career in the music industry and in developing their creative portfolio on the Music Leadership Programme will need to demonstrate previous musical experience and commitment. This may be through GCSE or BTEC study at Level 2, or other relevant performance or Music Technology experience. An auditions and/or portfolio will be required at interview.

You will need to be enrolled on at least one of the following Music qualifications at NewVIc: