SiMPTI – Work Experience programme

SiMPTI (standards in music production technology & industry) is a work experience programme for young people who wish to pursue a career in the music industry.

SiMPTI provides a unique, ‘behind the scenes’ insight into a creative team at work and is ideal for young people who wish to gain hands-on experience in a professional recording studio.


Suitable for: GCSE, A-Level and BTech students (15-18 years).


24-28 June 2024 (full booked)

1-5 July 2024 (full booked)

15-19 July 2024 (fully booked)

Hours of engagement: 11am-4pm (includes 50 mins lunch-break)

Group size: 3-4 students

Dress code: smart casual.

Cost per person: £250


28, 29, 30 August 2024 – 10:30am-4:30pm

Cost: £195


– Studio induction, health and safety guidelines, studio tour.

-Assisting studio engineer with setting up equipment and preparing studio rooms for clients, observing recording and mixing sessions.

– Recording and mixing session: Create, Record, Mix an original track and make a Music Video.

– Music industry session: seminar on how to release, promote and monetise your music, copyright, publishing, record deals & more.


Opportunities to put existing skills into practise and expand knowledge in all the latest music production software and tools.

Increased confidence and self-esteem.

Meet and collaborate with like-minded individuals.

Hands-on learning from sound engineers and producers in a professional recording studio.

Make useful contacts within the music industry and develop a sense of direction.

First-hand information and advice about careers and employment routes in the music industry.



Exeter College, West-Exe Technology College, ISCA College, St Peter’s School (Exeter), St James School (Exeter), Wren Academy (London), Colyton Grammar school, Tiverton High school, St Peter’s Church of England Aided School (Exeter), the Kind Eward VI Community College (Totnes), Kings School (Ottery St Mary), Okehampton College, Honiton Community College, South Dartmoor Community College, Plymouth College, Sidmouth College, Queen Elizabeth’s Academy Trust (Crediton), Sidmouth College, Harwich & Dovercourt High School (Essex), Malborough College (Wiltshire), Courtfields Community School (Somerset), Academy of Music & Sound (Exeter), dbS Music (Plymouth), Newton Abbot College, Beaminster School (Dorset), Queens College (Taunton), The Maynard School (Exeter), Teignmouth Community School, St James School (Exeter), Gillingham School (Dorset), Chulmleigh College, Clyst Vale Community College, Torquay’s Girls Grammar, The Ridgeway School and Sixth form college, Newton Abbot College, Kettlethorpe High School (West Yorkshire), Exeter School, Sidmouth College, The Blue School Wells, Haydon School, Shebbear College, Thomas Hardye Sixth Form, Ivybridge Community College, Henley-in-Arden School, Budehaven Community School, Tavistock college & more.


Due to the significant time demands work experience can place on a small staff team and a not for profit organisation such as ours, we have found it necessary to charge a small fee of £50 per day/ (£250 per participant) in order to cover part of our administration, supervision and participant training costs. Sound Gallery CIC is a not for profit organisation/social enterprise and our profits are invested in our social objectives.

We have a full complement of policies and procedures covering all aspects of our work, including Public liability insurance, Employer liability insurance, Child Protection Policy, Health and Safety, Quality Assurance, Equal Opportunities, Confidentiality and Data protection policies. Sound Gallery has been inspected by the Devon County Council under the Devon Education Business Partnership Work Experience scheme.

in order to assess participants eligibility for the programme, we request that they fill in an application/enrolment form and consent from. Please READ our Health and Safety guidelines  here

SiMPTI is partly supported by Sound Gallery Studios and participant contributions. Please  contact us if you would like to make a donation so that we can offer this programme to more young people.

Simpti Gallery 2023

Simpti Gallery 2021-2022


“Thank you for supporting Sidmouth College by providing a work experience opportunity. All work experience is valuable and gives our students excellent insight into the world of work. Would you please thank all of your staff for their support and guidance, it is much appreciated by everyone concerned. Work experience is an important part of our careers programme and we will supporting students with choices post-16 when they return to school in September. I hope that you have been able to gain some satisfaction from helping our students develop new skills and will consider providing a work experience placement again.” (Sidmouth College, work experience coordinator)

“Thank you so much for last week’s work experience. You are one of the few companies that does this and I think it is a really important and helpful thing to do for children at this age, as they are having to make so many decisions in their lives with regard to their future”. (participants parent)

“ALL students came back with improvement to their confidence and a strong understanding of what is expected from the world of work. Without your support with this scheme, we as a school would not be able to prepare our young adults for the real world that awaits them – and for this we cannot thank you enough”. (Head of careers, Enterprise and Work Related Learning, St Cuthbert Mayne School)

“I have learned how to use Logic and Ableton and how to use different recording apps and how they work.” (Elowen)

“I have found useful the seminar discussing networking, monetisation and copyright. I also found interesting the sound proofing and the analogue gear”. (Benedict)

“The most interesting thing during this week was learning how much effort is put into one recording”. (Layla)

“I will use the advice I was given during the programme to expand the publicity for my band and improve recording skills and quality”. (Henry)

‘”I learned some interesting alternative techniques for drum micing, as well as learning about how the studio has been set up with regards to its acoustics.” (Simon, dBs Music)

‘I had the chance to broaden my horizons for the future. I found the careers advice the most important and useful part of the course’. (Joshua, Laurence Sheriff School)

‘I learned about the technical side of music and basic things about recording’. (Samantha, QE, Crediton)

‘I learned how a professional studio operates and functions on a day to day basis, how to correctly solder and fix cables, how to record drums and get a good sound without loads of microhpones and how to use ProTools’ (Ben, Richard Huish College)

‘I have learned a lot about the industry that I didn’t know. I learned how to set up a drumkit, fixing cables by soldering them and coiling cables’. (Daisi, South Dartmoor Academy)

‘I found out what being in a studio is like (especially during a recording). I found the use of Ableton Live and setting up a studio the most useful throughout my week here.’ (Harry, The King’s School, Ottery St Mary)

‘Useful information involving leads and wiring, advice on record labels and how effectively maintain a social network presence for a small business’. (Liam, Exeter School)

‘I am more organised now and I am confident generally in day to day life. I have now a sense of what the real world of work is and the new challenges to over come which I enjoyed figuring out’. (Grace, Beaminster School)

‘After this course I will go to College, research the job I am interested in, volunteer and make new contacts.’ (Paul, Honiton Community School)