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Hossein Hadisi PhD in Music Composition, 2012

Research Associate

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Hi, I'm Hossein Hadisi and I studied PhD in Music Composition within Music at the University of Southampton.

I would recommend music in Southampton, particularly the composition pathway. I think for a musician or artist, it is important to have a clear definition of her line of work so that she knows what she wants from her course. One should keep looking for the very few available opportunities in this field, but defining your own pathway, was the solution I came up with and with a bit of extra work and effort, I managed to fund my project through the right sources.

Please give a description of your professional life post-university, including any achievements or stand-out moments.

I started my postdoctoral research project immediately after finishing my PhD. I began working as a Research Associate for the Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge and the work I have been doing is a continuation and expansion of my PhD research project.

Being able to settle into academia allows me to better pursue my compositional projects and brings opportunities that were otherwise diffcult to achieve.

Did you know what you wanted to do with your degree after leaving university, and have your aspirations developed or changed since then?

Yes. I wanted to study Music Composition because I always knew I'd want to be a composer and work as an academic. Since I knew what I was after before my studies, I had enough time to plan my steps and make sure I was on the right track.

What initially interested you in your subject?

Music, itself, has always been my main passion in life. Apart from that, the environment in the Music Department: its multidisciplinary atmosphere and the fact that Music Composition was taken very seriously in Southampton.

What skills did you acquire whilst studying your subject and through what means?

With the help of my supervisor, I learned how to present a work of art through alternative mediums and worked on music notation and presentations during my studies. Academic writing was the most important non-musical skill I picked up with the help of peer reviews from my colleagues.

Do you believe these skills have assisted you in your career and if so, how?

Yes. Most of my post-study work involves writing music and academic texts, where I directly used the skills I learnt and developed during my studies.

Would you recommend a degree at Southampton to others and what advice could you offer to students and recent graduates of your degree subject about moving forward and choosing a career path?

I would recommend music in Southampton, particularly the composition pathway. I think for a musician or artist, it is important to have a clear definition of her line of work so that she knows what she wants from her course. One should keep looking for the very few available opportunities in this field, but defining your own pathway, was the solution I came up with and with a bit of extra work and effort, I managed to fund my project through the right sources.

 

 

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