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Harriet Riley

Portrait of Harriet Riley, former BMus student

Harriet chose to study BMus for the flexibility to choose from a wide range of modules, focusing also on the music she likes the most

Can you please tell us who you are, where you are from, and what you play?

I'm Harriet Riley, I'm originally from Cambridge and I play alto saxophone, acoustic guitar and sing.

Why did you choose to study a BMus?

I chose to study a BMus because I wanted to have the flexibility to choose from a wide range of modules and focus on the types of music which I enjoy the most.

Why did you choose to study at City?

After going to the open day, I really liked the Department as the Music staff were all really friendly and I was attracted the fact that they were focused on getting their students to think about job prospects continuously throughout the course. I also liked the fact that it was a only a 45-minute train journey from my family home, so I could get back easily if I did ever feel homesick living in London.

What's your favourite topic (or topics) within the programme, and why?

I have loved taking modules such as 'Music therapy' and 'Music & the moving image' because I had never previously had the opportunity to explore these areas. I also particularly enjoyed taking 'Professional & community music study', because I was able to organise a placement in a music department in a school once a week and gain valuable work experience.

What are the three best things about the programme?

The large range of modules that are available, and the fact that the tutors are extremely knowledgeable and very good at providing feedback.

What's the best thing about studying in central London?

There's never a minute when you are stuck for things to do. I have also had the chance to meet a lot of musicians outside of the University who I have formed bands with and gig regularly.

What has been your greatest achievement during your time at City?

I received a really good reference from the teachers I worked with after completing my work placement in my second year. The experience made me realise that I would like to become a secondary school teacher.

If you could give one piece of advice to a prospective City BMus student, what would it be?

To get completely stuck into all of the opportunities that City has to offer and get as much work experience as you can, whether that be as a student ambassador for the University, or simply getting involved within the department and societies.

What are your plans after completing your degree?

I am currently applying to Teach First to train to be a music teacher.

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