A Music Uni hidden gem, right here in Exeter…

A Music Uni hidden gem, right here in Exeter…

Written by Emma Watson, Academy of Music, Exeter

Who would have thought, that down a little back street in the centre of Exeter, you can find one of the best Music universities in England!  

The Academy of Music offers a Foundation Degree in Music and Sound and a BA Hons (Top Up) in Music and Sound. Suitable for performers and producers, composers and singer songwriters, prospective music teachers, music event managers, music business entrepreneurs and more. You can even go onto a Master’s in Music with us too! 

So, why do students choose the Academy of Music in Exeter for their Music Degree? 

Is it because we all eat, sleep and breath music at the Academy of Music? Or perhaps, it’s the size or location of the university? If its performance experience you want or the chance to network with other like-minded musicians, this is the place for you! 

I caught up with some of our Alumni to find out about their experiences. 

Why the Academy of music, Exeter? 

After doing the Btec and Foundation Degree at the Academy and really enjoying it, I decided to take the next step into doing the BA’.  Kara Gelder BA Hons 2020-2021 

‘It was appealing to me that this BA course offered a route that recognised and valued my lifetimes experience as a performing musician’.  Alex Wanikowski – BA Hons 2020-2021 

Did doing the course help your progression? 

‘Absolutely. Within any of the creative arts receiving a qualification can opens doors. Working in the industry highlights just how much every area of the course works together to create one rounded successful career.’ Josh Westrip – BA Hons 2014-2015 

What are you doing now?  

‘I now work full time as a Session Musician in performance/recording, arranger, composer, producer, audio engineer and mix engineer. I also run 2 small business’s, a Session Horn Section – Raw Brass and a Recording Studio – Rawcus Studios.’  Josh Westrip BA Hons 2014-2015 

‘Writing, working, and I’ll be starting the masters course at the academy at the end of the month. ’  Alex Wanikowski – BA Hons 2020-2021 

‘I will be going back to uni to complete the relevant course for either one of these paths. Music Teacher or Music Therapist.’  Kara Gelder BA Hons 2020-2021 

For more information about our Higher Education courses please contact exeter@academyofmusic.ac.uk or call 01392 427874. 

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