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What our students think

Photo of Holly Barnett

As a drummer I really wanted a music degree that offered equal opportunities to access jazz and pop studies as well as classical. Southampton offers such a broad range of modules; the course would suit any musician.

Holly Barnett - BA Music, Third year
Photo of Lorna Beckett

My highlights are definitely the performances I have done. I have been lucky enough to have performed Ben Oliver’s “Loop Concerto” with a professional jazz trio, played alongside the Daniel Herskedal Trio and played in Andrew Fisher’s new musical, Gabriel. All of these projects have aided my growth and confidence as a musician.

Lorna Beckett - BA Music
Photo of Cerys Beesely

Not only did my experiences at Southampton help me to improve my performance skills but they also really helped me focus on the aspects of the work that I really enjoyed,

Cerys Beesely - BA English and Music
Photo of Jai Channa

It’s inspiring to be in an environment where the whole body is striving for and achieving great things.

Jai Channa - BA Music / MMus
Photo of George Connolly

The flexibility of the music course was extremely satisfying - I had the freedom to choose exactly what I wanted to study, meaning I really enjoyed the work and performing I was doing.

George Connolly - BA Music
Photo of Eliot Curtis

The highlights have been the end of term concerts, for both the societies and the departmental groups, and the celebrations after those concerts!

Eliot Curtis - BA Music
Photo of Nigel Dickinson

If, like me, you are considering becoming a ‘mature’ student I can only say that I have found the experience to be highly enjoyable and beneficial. I believe that it is never too late to pick up where one left off for whatever reason or just follow the dream!

Nigel Dickinson - Music
Photo of Maritess Dunn

Because of the many aspects of music that Southampton has to offer, it gives you a chance to think about future careers. I have had many ideas for my future plans, and each year it has changed after trying something new and enjoying it.

Maritess Dunn - BA Music
Photo of Jonathan Fashole-Luke

I majored in performance and I found this course’s unique balance of academic and practical approaches to study quite refreshing.

Jonathan Fashole-Luke - BA Music
Photo of Alex Fryer

The lecturers at Southampton are second to none; I have an amazing instrumental teacher and lots of performance opportunities, both within and outside the course. The campus and facilities are fantastic.

Alex Fryer - BA Music
Photo of George Holloway

The best part of the degree is the supervisions, as well as the interaction and idea-sharing with other students and staff.

George Holloway - PhD Music
Photo of Natasha Merritt

I have loved being a first-year music student, as well as the varied and flexible course structure, being part of such a fantastic department has let me meet and work alongside some brilliant musicians, as well as the free lunch time concerts broadening the style of music I have access to.

Natasha Merritt - BA Music
Photo of Emily Mould

I enjoy interacting with individuals from other universities and listening to specially invited guests reading their recent research in the field.

Emily Mould - MA Music
Photo of Kath Roberts

By the time I left, I was financially self-supporting, making a living through gigging, session work, string quartet function music, instrumental teaching, pit bands, and choral conducting – I cultivated all of these skills during my degree.

Kath Roberts - BA Music
Photo of Josh Sneesby

From leading James Corden’s vocal warm ups, to maintaining an open sound when performing eight shows a week in the West End, I use the skills I developed in my degree every day.

Josh Sneesby - BA Music

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