The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

South Ayrshire Councillors open new recording studio at Prestwick Academy

Pupils at Prestwick Academy are all set to take the music world by storm, thanks to a new state of the art recording studio built at the school, featuring a live room, control room and a digital music suite.
[Pictured: South Ayrshire Councillors Margaret Toner and Helen Moonie meet students at Prestwick Academy who are all set to take the music world by storm.]
Designed by award-winning architects ARPL in Ayr and built to industry standards, the soundproof studio boasts internal viewing screens, a range of microphones, amplifiers, speakers and a mixing desk – all linked to a networked range of computers each with state of the art editing software.
Speaking at the opening of the new studio, Councillor Margaret Toner, South Ayrshire Council’s Portfolio Holder for Lifelong Learning said: “This fantastic new facility reflects our full commitment to offering our pupils the best education possible, to help them succeed in tomorrow’s world.
“Curriculum for Excellence has changed the way music is taught, and we’re delighted to adapt to those changes in a constructive, exciting and creative way.
“Our pupils will now be able to record bands and ensembles, create radio programs with speech content, produce jingles, create sound effects for films and produce sound for computer gaming programs.”
Prestwick Academy head teacher Gordon Bone added: “Staff at Prestwick have fully embraced Curriculum for Excellence and the innovation and focus on learning it brings.
“We can now work in ways recognised by employers and those in the music industry, giving our pupils an outstanding chance to learn many of the essential skills required in today’s artistic and creative industries.
“The new studio provides them with a quality experience toward to a career in music and creative arts.”
Gordon Fleming from ARPL Architects Ltd who designed the studio said: “We’re delighted the studio has been completed for Prestwick Academy, and it marks the result of a very successful collaboration between ourselves, the school, the music department and specialist technical contractor Mediaspec.
“It’s a great result for all of us, and a real pleasure to see how well received it has been by the pupils.”

Councillor Toner concluded: “Prestwick Academy can now look forward to developing a new generation of talented musicians, producers and technicians, and I’m now looking forward to the next series of the X-Factor with much interest to see if I can spot some familiar local faces!”
South Ayrshire Council and ARPL Architects Ltd are Founder Members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

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