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Jane McConnell

Music BMus (Hons)

Vice Captain for the University's first ever women's hockey team and named "University's Sportswoman of the Year"

Why did you choose to study a BMus? 

Music has been a part of my life since I was about 7 years old when I started playing piano. I have been a member of many different choirs, gained lots of music qualifications, performed many solos, and was considered a very musical person. It has been a great passion and hobby ever since, and I decided that I wanted to continue it to university level!

Why did you choose to study at City? 

I came to London for the life experience, the endless opportunities and the chance to pursue music as a career. Where I come from, there is only a fraction of the number of opportunities compared to London. I chose City as my first choice after I visited one of its open days in February 2011. Its facilities, location, and most of all, the music programme were very impressive. The Open Day is definitely worth attending!

What was your favourite topic within the Music degree? 

One of the most interesting parts of the degree was The History of Music which we learned about in Investigating western music I & II. This was definitely the most informative module. I was also surprised how much I enjoyed composition, considering my experience in it at GCSE and A-level. Being able to freely compose your own style of music was great, and hearing it live from classmates was great too.

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

The opportunities available: for work/work experience, for life experience, culture, and to expand what you are studying into the real working world by observing or taking part in it.

What was your greatest achievement during your time at City? 

My greatest achievement hasn't actually been within the Department; I was selected as vice captain for the University's first ever women's hockey team. Our season was extremely successful and we managed to get promoted to the next league. I was also nominated as the university's Sportswoman of the Year, and won! This just shows what you can get involved in and achieve if you plunge into the wealth of social and sports activities the university has to offer. It is also a great way of meeting new groups of people, seeing City from another perspective, and of course, keeping fit!

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

Take all the opportunities you can at City; if you are serious about your work and what you love to do then stick at it. Don't leave work until the last minute; spread it out throughout the year. It means you can divide your time better between your degree and your social life. If you work hard during the year you will get the results you want and not have to resit anything! Definitely take up a sport or hobby as a way of relaxing and socialising; City has hundreds of societies, groups, activities, and sports.