Work experience programme for 14-18 year olds - SiMPTI: Standards in Music Production Technology & Industry 


Sound Gallery's SiMPTI programme is programme of training, learning and working experiences designed to provide access to a professional recording studio and the tools used in music production and recording. SiMPTI is especially designed by our team of professional musicians and educators to provide a high quality experience in the workplace.

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

We offer a week (or more) per participant from Monday to Friday from 11am-4pm which includes the following activities:

- studio experience (observation of recording and mixing sessions, drum tuning, mic placement techniques etc)

- setting-up rehearsal rooms for band practice and live room for recording sessions

- individual assessment and careers advice with one of our staff members

- music industry research

- social media for the modern musician

- help with CVs and interview techniques

- administrative tasks related to running a business

- information about social enterprises, events management and record labels

Work experience weeks in 2018-2019 tbc

Time: 11am-4pm

Dress code: smart casual


- Increased confidence and self-esteem

- Development of technical skills and awareness of the music industry

- Development of knowledge of employment routes in the music industry

- Benefit from real life experiences and learning from professional sound engineers and producers

- The opportunity to put skills into practise and keep up to date with all the latest music technology

- Networking opportunities and useful contacts in the music industry

- Information and advice needed to pursue a career in the music industry

- Exclusive access to new product demos, special offers and educational discounts (where available)

- Access to music industry events with inspirational speakers and music industry experts

- Discounts on recording sessions, rehearsals and music technology courses at Sound Gallery Studios.

Feedback from previous participants, schools/colleges


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 for the last 3 years on a regular basis and has obtained a certificate of approval.


SiMPTI is designed by and has been running by social enterprise Sound Gallery CIC since 2011. Sound Gallery exists to nurture, support and develop musicians and musical projects in Exeter and the surrounding areas. Our team consists of experienced musicians, engineers, educators and producers working alongside a host of young, innovative sound engineers, producers and artists. Sound Gallery CIC runs Sound Gallery Studios, a professional recording studio situated at Exeter Phoenix, which provides a unique insight into a creative team at work and has an excellent track record in artist development, music production, education and in organising music industry events. 

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 £25 per day (+VAT) in order to cover a part of our administration, supervision and participant training costs. The majority of the costs involved in providing work experience are subsidised by our organisation.

The Team

SiMPTI has been devised and conceptualised by Martin Charles  Grice Peters (RSA), social entrepreneur, musician, producer and Creative Director of Sound Gallery CIC and Maria Peters (MEd in Education) Education & Marketing manager at Sound Gallery CIC. The team also consists of freelance professional musicians, sound engineers, educators and producers.

Partners - Schools and Colleges

SiMPTI is supported by Phoenix Digital, Time + Space, 2 Twenty2 Agency, Integrity Records and Super Audio Mastering. Our educational partners are: St Peter’s Church of England Aided School in Exeter and the Kind Eward VI Community College in Totnes. Schools and colleges that have participated in SiMPTI over the past 3 years include: Exeter College, West-Exe Technology College, ISCA College, St Peter’s School (Exeter), St James School (Exeter), Colyton Grammar school, Tiverton High school, The Kings School (Ottery St Mary), Okehampton College, Honiton Community College, Kind Edward Community College (Totnes), 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.


Facilities & Software

SiMPTI takes place at Sound Gallery Studios and Phoenix Digital, a professional, purpose built, acoustically treated and fully air-conditioned recording studio situated at Exeter Phoenix in Exeter. All our computers are fully stocked with a range of audio and imaging software for all multi-media needs. Software is regularly updated due to our unique relationship with our educational partners Time and Space and 2Twenty2 Agency (Native Instruments, Teenage Engineering, Bitwig) who create innovative hardware and software for music production and performance for producers, guitarists, sound designers and DJs. 

Feedback & Testimonials 

What did you learn during the SiMPTI programme?

- I learned some interesting alternative techniques for drum micing, found Nick Tarbitt's (Integrity Records) talk especially useful. I found individual advice and technique useful 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. How to use ProTools. (Ben, Richard Huish College)

- I found most interesting sitting in on the live sessions of the bands and the talk with Nick of Integrity Records. (Dan, Okehampton 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 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 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)

- 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)

- 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 feel more confident in a recording studio. (Ali, Uffculme School)

'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)

'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.'

'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.'

What did you find most useful about the SiMPTI programme?

'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.'

'Looking at all the software and sitting in on recording sessions.'

'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.'

'Sitting in on the sessions, watching the recording and mixing process.'

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

Maria Peters (Med in Education) Education & Marketing manager
Tel: 01392-495 301