"I chose the University of Plymouth above other universities in the country because the course seemed very open minded, full of opportunities and perfect for self-discovery and further exploration within the world of music. Whilst some courses seemed to fall into stereotypes, this course offers a freedom of self-exploration within a diverse, nurturing environment which both worked on the students' strengths and also introduced new, mind-opening concepts within music.
The best thing has been the positive learning environment created by the staff. They have all been very supportive throughout. The course develops you as a well-rounded musician. Whilst it gives a lot of room for individual expression, it also introduces you to many new, diverse ideas to think about and grow from. I have particularly enjoyed the whole university environment: The social aspects as well as the extracurricular activities. Thanks to some of these extra-curricular activities I have discovered my passion for conducting - I got involved in orchestral and choral musical ensembles.
I think it is important to mention the professional development programme, which is unique to this music department. This scheme has given me a very realistic view and direct experience of the working world. These types of experience make a huge difference in finding employment in music."