SiMPTI: Standards in Music Production Technology & Industry

Work experience programme for 15-19 year olds: 

We are pleased to announce that our work experience programme will be reopening in Summer 2022 offering first hand advice and experience from professionals within the music 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 seek to gain real life experiences in a professional recording studio. More:

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

When: Monday to Friday from 11am-4pm. Weeks: 11-15 July 2022 & 18-22 July 2022

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


  • Studio induction, health and safety. Introduction to organisation’s facilities and services.
  • Recording studio experience (micing techniques, recording and mixing session)
  • Music technology session (Garageband, Logic Pro, Ableton live)
  • Music industry advice session on how to build & sustain a career in the music industry with Nick Tarbitt (CEO at Integrity Records)
  • Social media for the modern musician
  • Careers advice and guidance


  • Increased confidence and self-esteem
  • Hands-one learning from professional sound engineers and producers
  • Opportunity to put existing technical skills into practise and expand knowledge in all the latest music production software and tools
  • Working with like-minded individuals and making useful contacts in the music industry
  • Developing a sense of direction and purpose and receiving first-hand information and advice about careers and employment routes in the music industry
  • Discounts on recording sessions & music technology courses at Sound Gallery
  • Volunteering opportunities at Sound Gallery Studios events and projects

Participants receive a certificate of attendance at the end of their work experience week.

Participating Schools and Colleges

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), 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 more.

Terms & Conditions

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 £40 per day (£200 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.


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


‘I have learned how to coil leads so they last longer, also how to set up mics in the right way and in the right position to get the best sound’ Jacob, Courtfields School

‘I feel I have learned how to work in a professional environment’. Caitlin, Queens College, Taunton)

‘Nick (Intergrity Records) told us about his record company and how downloading music can cause problems.’ James, The King’s School, Ottery St Mary

I have learned a wide variety of things including the logistics of running a studio, the correct setup of recording equipment, little tips and tricks in Logic, plus drum replacement, equipment selection and acoustics.’

I have learned a lot about engineering, production and the setup side of the industry that will help me later in my career.’

‘I learned what is required in order to run a successful recording studio, and what skills are required to manage the administrative aspects of the business.’

‘I have learned how to tune drums, how to use music mixing and making software and being in the control room while recording a band.’

‘How much editing actually goes into a professional recording.’

‘I have learned more about how to setup microphones and how recording software works.’

‘How all the software such as Logic Pro works and how to EQ to my liking.’

‘Being in the control room was very insightful in both the recording and mixing process.’

‘Lots! Mic positioning, how the business runs and being a social enterprise.’

‘How to adapt microphones and drums in order to satisfy clients personal preferences.’

‘How much editing actually goes into a professional recording.’

‘The tutorial on flex time, this will come in helpful when I go to produce more commercially orientated tracks.’

‘Micing up drum kits and the techniques of storing leads correctly.’

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