On 21st October DM Audio welcomed a group of students from the Edinburgh Lighting and Sound School into our warehouse where we ran a digital mixer training event for them. The enthusiastic group of students were given expert training on using our Yamaha LS9 and Yamaha M7CL desks by sound engineers David Jack and Jim Shemilt. We are currently a training partner for the School and have also had students working with us on placement where we have been very pleased with their level of knowledge and their commitment. Jim Shemilt, DM Audio’s Trainee Sound Technician, was one of those placements and he fitted in so well he’s still with us.
Edinburgh Lighting and Sound School is run by highly experienced Industry professionals with many years’ experience between them. It is headed by Director George Tarbuck who trained in technical theatre at the E15 Acting School before going on to a career encompassing all areas of live entertainment. He spent 16 years as Subject Leader in Lighting and Sound at Queen Margaret University running a highly successful Theatre Production course with a 98% employment record and graduates working worldwide. Other teaching Associates include Martin Palmer, RJ McConnell (our friend from The Enchanted Forest), Sara Paulley, John Wilkie, Academic Advisor Dr. Donald Pulford along with freelance teachers who currently work in the industry. The Schools Patron is the renowned lighting designer and author Francis Reid.
The School currently runs a one year Production and Technology course designed to enable graduates to enter straight into professional employment. It incorporates plenty of essential hands on experience which is combined with formal classroom teaching. Thanks to their many training partners there is also a series of mentored industry placements which are structured to give the students experience of working in Lighting, Sound and Audio Visual companies as well as Theatres and Conference centres, both at the company base and out on site assisting with shows and events. Staff at the School have been delivering technical courses for over twenty years with a near hundred percent graduate employment record. With the creative industries currently undergoing a period of growth and a shortage of skilled technicians it is looking like a wise career choice. Graduates will have the ability to look for employment as Lighting Crew, Lighting Programmer, Production Technician, Touring Crew, Sound Crew, Sound Operator, Sound Technician, Production Assistant, AV Operator and AV Technician.
From our experience the course produces excellent training for graduates to enable them to hit the ground running in the industry.