Florence is a third year BMus Music student in the School of Arts and Social Sciences. She plays violin, keyboard and sings in various bands.
Why did you decide to apply to study at City?
When visiting the university at a couple of Open Days, I was impressed with the quality and variety of facilities within the university buildings, such as the City Library and the recording studios in the music department.
The strong sense of community between the students and lecturers and, more widely, the multi-cultural diversity and inclusive ethos that creates a friendly and lively atmosphere was very appealing to me.
What were the most important resources for you in helping you to make a decision?
During the music department tour, the Student Ambassadors that guided me through the department were very engaging and helpful. This made the tour really enjoyable and I felt excited to be a potential student at City.
The prospectus and Applicant Days informed me of the extensive range of modules available to me and the list of ensembles I could get involved in, such as African Drumming and Choir.
What is your favourite thing about studying at City?
I really like the campus and the location of City, as it is in the heart of London and there really isn’t any other place I’d want to study music more than the thrilling and exciting musical hub that is London.
Have you had the opportunity to do any internships or work placements as part of your course?
I have had the opportunity to complete a 40 hour work placement at Juice 107.2 FM, an independent radio station in Brighton, as part of my degree.
After my contracted time there, I was taken on as an Intern gaining skills such as music coding, using the GSelector software to organise and select songs and updating radio playlists. The most exciting task I was given was to interview R&B singer Rationale at The Haunt, Brighton and I have gained amazing contacts in the industry which will be useful for me when looking for future employment.
What do you plan to do after you graduate?
I am interested in the radio sector, either working as a presenter or in content production, but I would also like to work as a film and television composer.
What would be your top tip for our applicants?
Within your personal statement, make sure that you document all related work experience and skills that is relevant to your chosen course.