The Brass Academy


Brass Academy hold training courses for children and young adults. They are based near by in Herts and cater for anyone that wants to learn a brass instrument.

Completion Date:
November 2012
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The Brief

The Brass Academy already had website that was developed a number of years ago. They employed the services of AWD to re-launch a brand new website that could be easily managed via the a Content Management System.

The main focus of the website was to detail the various courses on offer and provide information on about the business.

In addition, the Brass academy wanted an online booking system to reserve and pay for courses online.

How We Responded

From a design perspective, the website is well structured and it’s colour scheme while prominent remains tasteful. Information sites are busy and it can be a challenge to incorporate a large quantity of written copy. However, the design we constructed lent itself heavily to the type of information that was presented.

The course information pages used a tabulated system to navigate through courses. This allowed for content heavy pages to be displayed but keeping maximum array of information for search engines. Using further navigation links, viewers can find out more information on the course including timetables, activities and target audience. The photo galleries on the site are easy to use and are visually appealing.

As music is a key part of the business, an audio download section was developed. We created an HTML5 player with a fallback that would allow maximum compatibility across a wide variety of web browsers. The audio is fully managed by the CMS so the Brass Academy can upload new music without ever coming back to us. As well as playing music directly on the site, the viewer also has the option to download the tracks directly to their computer for later listening.

We developed a bespoke online booking system that would take payments directly and assign them to a course. The booking system was fully dynamic allowing parents to add any volume of children to a course. Once payment has been made, bookings can be managed directly from the CMS.

Overall, the website we developed for Brass Academy has been a tremendous help to their business and we receive consistently positive comments about it.

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