Work Experience programme for 15-19 year olds

standards in music – production – technology & industry

SiMPTI is a work-based training programme, designed and delivered by social enterprise Sound Gallery CIC. SiMPTI provides a unique, ‘behind the scenes’ insight into a creative team at work and is ideal for those who are keen to pursue a career in the music industry and want to gain hands-on experiences in a professional recording studio.


Suitable for: GCSE, A-Level and BTech students who wish to undertake their work experience in a recording studio.


Monday to Friday from 11am-4pm. Week 1: 3-7 July 2023. Week 2: 10-14 July 2023. Week 3: 24-28 July 2023.

Where: Sound Gallery Studios, Exeter Phoenix, Gandy street, Exeter, EX4 3LS

We request participants to fill in an enrolment form and COVID self-certification form prior to attending. We also strongly advise participants to take a lateral flow test before they come to the studio. READ our Health and Safety guidelines here


Studio induction, health and safety. Introduction to the studio facilities, services and team.

Recording studio experience: micing techniques, recording and mixing including introduction to Logic Pro & Ableton Live


Music industry advice sessions & guidance about careers in the music industry.

Promotion and marketing in the music industry: use of social media, online music platforms, set up a profile, how to get airplay, reviews, the role of record labels etc 


 Increased confidence & self-esteem.

Opportunities to put existing skills into practise and expand knowledge in all the latest music production software and tools used in a professional recording studio.

Working with like-minded individuals and making useful contacts in the music industry

Engaging with positive role models & music industry professionals.

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

Developing a sense of direction and purpose

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

Volunteering opportunities at Sound Gallery Studios events and projects.


Exeter College, West-Exe Technology College, ISCA College, St Peter’s School (Exeter), St James School (Exeter), 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 and many 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 £45 per day/ (£225 per participant) in order to cover part of our administration, supervision and participant training costs.

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.

Simpti Gallery


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 learned some interesting alternative techniques for drum micing, as well as learning about how the studio has been set up with regards to it’s 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 it me 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

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