Graduate Quotes 2006
The three years I've spent at Cardiff University have been the most rewarding of my life. The School of Music is an amazing resource, both in terms of the materials it contains and the opportunities it can provide you with. More than anything though I think I have been most impressed by the people, staff and students alike. I honestly feel that I have made relationships, both personal and professional, that will last me a lifetime.
When looking for a music course, I wanted a degree that combined a wide range of history modules whilst providing good instrumental training: this is what I found at Cardiff. As an international student it is quite scary and daunting coming to a foreign country by yourself, but Cardiff is such a friendly city, the feeling does not last long!
The most noteworthy element of the School of Music at Cardiff University is the incredible atmosphere. The best thing about music at Cardiff for Joint Honours students is the vast range of modules available ... you can shape your degree to your interests and strengths.
As a dyslexic student studying Music, the School and the University have always accommodated my needs. I have always been able to contact lecturing staff. They have encouraged me to reach my potential, and I believe I have. I enjoyed being part of the Music Society. As its Secretary, I relished the opportunities and challenges.
It is certainly never too late to learn. As a mature student, the whole experience of studying for a degree has been very rewarding. There are times when it was difficult to juggle family commitments, but the positives far outweigh the negatives. For me the most enjoyable of all was the third-year dissertation. I was able to choose my own topic and the support and advice from my allotted tutor was second to none.
Er bod y cwrs yn cael ei chynnal drwy gyfrwng y Saesneg, cymerodd y darlithwyr fy iaith gyntaf i ystyriaeth a derbynais gefnogaeth cryf gandddynt. Cefais hefyd ysgrifennu ambell i draethawd yn y Gymraeg, yn cynnwys fy nhraethawd hir yn fy mlwyddyn olaf ynglyn a'r Foneddiges Ruth Herbert Lewis; casglwraig y Caneuon Gwerin Cymreig.
Even though the course is presented through the medium of English, the lecturers took my first language into consideration and I received strong support from them. Also I was able to write the occasional essay in Welsh, including my third-year dissertation on Lady Ruth Herbert Lewis, the collector of Welsh folk song.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my undergraduate years at the School, so much so that I will be returning to study composition for a Masters degree. The range of facilities at the School of Music is superb and the quality of teaching is first-class. The School has provided me with fantastic opportunities to perform not only as part of the in-school ensembles but also in venues such as the Wales Millennium Centre, St David's Hall and Llandaff Cathedral.