Graduate Quotes 2007
Studying music at Cardiff University has exceeded all my expectations. I have been surrounded by genuine, passionate and enthusiastic lecturers from the very first term and they have accompanied me through a very diverse and challenging course. One minute I am in the Music Library researching a composer and the next I find myself at the front of the School's Concert Hall directing the Schubert Ensemble who are making a recording of one of my own compositions! Other 'ordinary' nights can include journeying across Wales in a coach packed with students and instruments to perform a programme as the Chamber Orchestra.
The course was perfect for me, allowing me to concentrate on my strengths. It is well balanced and gave me rounded musical knowledge and skills with many opportunities for personal musical development, such as masterclasses by visiting professionals and copious opportunities to perform. The module choices were interesting and well taught; and the tutors were helpful, friendly and supportive. Cardiff is a wonderful city with most places within walking distance and a great variety of amenities, from the stadium to excellent theatres, concerts, shops, restaurants and a thriving student nightlife. The last three years have been a fantastic, highly enjoyable experience.
The School of Music is very welcoming and people go out of their way to make sure others are OK. The lecturers are friendly and many have an open door policy so you can ask for help or even just a chat. The course is designed to give the students an all-round education in all the major aspects of music. The practice rooms and in-house Music Library allow you access to facilities without having to traipse all over the University to find them.
I totally enjoyed studying English Literature and Music here at Cardiff University. The BA scheme offered great flexibility and I was able to personalise my degree by choosing modules in which I had the most interest. The final-year dissertation in particular allowed me to bridge the disciplines as I applied the critical skills required for English essays to my study of Puccini's Madama Butterfly.
The music course at Cardiff University has been really varied and enjoyable, and it has allowed me the freedom to focus on my preferred aspects of music such as jazz, performance practice and popular culture. The School as a whole is really friendly, and the lecturers are approachable and supportive. I knew when I came for my interview that I could be happy here, and now I can't imagine having studied anywhere else.
Cardiff is unique and satisfying as a city. I had a great time as a music student and it was definitely a rewarding experience. Being an EU student from Germany, I didn't really know what to expect in the beginning, but the University was a fantastic place to stay. The academic support was great and all the lecturers were really welcoming and always there to help and advise you. I certainly enjoyed the three years in Cardiff with the many friends I made from different countries. Furthermore, the opportunity to perform in St David's Hall and the Wales Millennium Centre was an intensifying and wonderful experience.