The variety of modules offered
In our course there is no standard timetable due to the huge variety of modules. While there any many more traditional modules on offer such as aural training and modules on various classical composers such as Mozart, other modules on ethnomusicology, sound studies and jazz also exist. A module that I have taken this year that I have found particularly interesting is Music and Law where we have looked at the history of copyright and case studies of artists such as Madonna and how cases of infringement were brought against them. While this is not an area of music, I will pursue further I have learned lots of useful information regarding the legality of the music industry which will prove useful for my future career.
The community feeling
The music department at King’s isn’t huge which means that there is a greater sense of community. All of the lecturers are very friendly and are very easy to approach. As many of them are also working musicians this also gives us a real insight into the industry. Due to the smaller sizes of lectures and seminars and through performing music with fellow students it is easy to feel connected to fellow students and to feel part of a community.
The access to the Royal Academy of Music
One of my favourite parts of my degree is the link the music department has to the Royal Academy of Music (RAM). If you take any performance modules you get the opportunity to take lessons at RMA either with a postgraduate student or with a professor. This is a great opportunity to gain excellent music teaching from a top conservatoire and also gives you links to the London performing scene. I feel very privileged to be able to say that I receive music lessons from one of the world’s top Conservatoires.
The common room
One of my favourite parts of the department is the common room. While it also serves as a great and safe place to store your instrument it is a great place to hang out with friends between lectures. I have made many friends there and is an excellent spot to grab some lunch and relax for a bit before you have your next class.
The career opportunities
Through my degree, I feel that I am developing vital skills that will be useful in whatever path I decide to go down for my career. While many King’s graduates will go onto further study, become a freelance musician or into arts administration there are graduates who enter a huge variety of different jobs. With all of the different modules, I am taking I am boarding my horizon so that I have transferable skills for any career I wish to enter into.
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