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Richard Fisher 2015

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Hi, I'm Richard Fisher and I studied within Humanities at the University of Southampton.

Southampton is one of the few universities to offer a jazz course and as a jazz musician I was really drawn to it. There is a wide breadth of topics to choose from, allowing you to take part in a range of modules.

What made you choose Southampton?

I really liked the Jazz and Pop course they offered. It is one of the few universities to offer a jazz course and as a jazz musician I was really drawn to it. There is a wide breadth of topics to choose from, allowing you to take part in a range of modules.

What made you choose music?

I was originally undecided between Geography and Music. I really enjoyed both subjects but I realised I had the most fun with Music. I wasn’t as passionate about Geography.

Do you have a standout module?

I have two, which I chose on a whim but they ended up being my favourite modules! I really liked Music and Ethnography which is all about music in different cultures. We looked at music in the Andes, and how it is related to the seasons. I also really enjoyed Global Hip Hop. I’d never really listened to hip hop and hadn’t studied it before. I didn’t know anything about it before the module, but I learnt so much.

Did you take part in any clubs or societies?

Yes, quite a few. I was involved with the Performing Arts societies. I was mainly involved with Concert Band at the time, which was a wind band full of lovely people! I played squash and took part in Surge Radio. I got to interview some of my favourite bands and take part in things I could never have imagined before university. I was also the Music Rep for Performing Arts. I oversaw 15 different societies, everything from folk music to wind orchestras.

What are your plans for the future?

I’ve been offered a job as a music and maths teacher next year, so with training that is the next two years sorted. I’m also thinking about a Masters in the future. I will keep playing, take every opportunity that comes and see what the future holds.

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