Graduate Quotes 2008
The Music School provided excellent facilities including its own library, recording studios and practice rooms with very good acoustics. The School provided a spacious, well-managed and modern environment in which to carry out my studies. Some of my highlights from the wide range of modules on offer included analysis of tonality and formal functions in Classical music in the first year, historical jazz modules in the second year, and the composition and dissertation projects in the final year.
Tomas Yardley, BMus (Launceston, Cornwall)
The atmosphere between students and staff made Cardiff School of Music extremely special for me. The knowledge that someone is always there to talk to you, be it your personal tutor, Head of School or the porter is reassuringly brilliant! The performance aspect of my course was always enjoyable, especially singing with the university Chamber Choir. The third-year ensemble module was a particular favourite because we were able to be creative with friends, enjoy performing and make music - while gaining marks.
Laura Holmes, BMus (Cirencester, Gloucestershire)
Being a single Honours BA student gave me the opportunity to be flexible with my module choices. I was able to keep my interest in Education going in the first and second year as well as choose my strengths in the wide range of Music modules. I was fortunate enough to have been the Schubert Ensemble's resident page-turner for my third year, which was a fantastic opportunity to work alongside professional musicians doing a job they love. Being a member of the University Big Band was brilliant and I really enjoyed being part of the University Choir.
Louise Methold, BA Single Honours (Woking, Surrey)
The choice of modules is exceptional and offers students the opportunity to specialise in their areas of interest in Years 2 and 3. Performing a concerto with the Symphony Orchestra in the annual Christmas concert in Cardiff City Hall stands out for me - a fantastic experience.
Chris Straker, BMus (Fleet, Hampshire)
It was great to have the opportunity to explore and learn about music from all continents, historical periods and styles. The fact that you are being taught by staff who are leaders in their areas of study is highly fascinating and encouraging, because their passion for their work is more than evident. My final dissertation on Harrison Birtwistle allowed me to perform important research into ritualistic ideas and my ethnomusicology project into music-making as a form of empowerment allowed me to contribute to the local community.
Anna Lacy, BMus (Newport, Gwent)
I particularly enjoyed Aesthetics and Criticism in the second year and 'The Idea of Absolute Music' in my final year because I found it very interesting to look at music from a more philosophical perspective.
Delyth Till, BA Music and English Literature (Beddgelert, North Wales)
The university offers opportunities for performance and many student-led groups are keen for players to join. This made university life very enjoyable alongside my studies. Extra-curricular activities that were available to me at Cardiff have revealed a desire to further my education with an Arts Management course.
Emma Randall, BMus (Exeter, Devon)
I loved the diversity of course modules. The introduction of the Ethnomusicology modules was a fantastic decision! The chance to try my hand at composition was an exciting one which gave me unforeseen enjoyment. I learnt so much about a broad range of music that has hugely enhanced my perception in musical performance. I have also met people who have become extremely close and valuable friends. The staff have also been incredibly supportive, for which I am really grateful.
Ailsa Hughes, BMus (Monmouth)