Music is pretty darn therapeutic, and it’s fair to say I’ve found Solent University to be somewhere I look forward to going to every single day.
Lessons range from the analysis of pop songs to understanding the business itself. Rehearsal sessions are timetabled for the assignment gigs and can be strenuous, but the hard work pays off when you set foot on various stages around Southampton. Being taught the production element really puts this course above others in its class.
The sheer amount of paid performance opportunities that are thrown at us has really surprised me. The lecturers genuinely want us to succeed in becoming a full time musician or artist.
We have free rehearsal and recording spaces, free weekly instrument lessons, and we’re able to use professional standard musical equipment. While packing up the van after a gig isn’t the most fun, we have inspirational teachers, and there’s amazing camaraderie between fellow musical course mates – if you show up to their gig, they’ll show up at yours.
At Solent, you’re encouraged to build up a portfolio of your musical outputs and be proactive in finding your calling within the industry. The lecturers themselves are a huge inspiration in terms of the different routes they have taken and will guide you on a one to one basis throughout your time at university.
The highlight of my time here so far has been the enrichment week in Amsterdam. We spent six days playing and watching gigs and getting to know people on other music-related courses – they’ve become valuable contacts for the future. It made me think about a career on a global scale, not just within the UK bubble.