Mara is a 2nd year BSc Music, Sound and Technology student from Romania. She thinks the degree will open her way to a variety of career pathways.
What were you doing before you came to study at City?
I was in high school, studying for my Romanian Baccalaureate. I went to a bilingual high school and did a Mathematics and IT. I was doing music in my spare time, taking bass guitar and music theory lessons, as I always knew this was the path I wanted to take.
Why did you decide to apply to study at City, University of London?
Coming to London to study Music has been my dream for a long time. Most of my favourite music has its roots here, and in my mind, London is among the most influential music cities. I initially decided to get into sound engineering and music production and City had some very interesting modules related to my interest. With the Music, Sound and Technology course, we experience studio work, but also explore music and the music business in many other ways.
What is your favourite thing about studying at City?
My course modules are very diverse, focusing on various aspects of the music industry. This course is suitable for aspiring music producers, but also for aspiring composers, performers, sound designers, music managers, or students who might have a vague idea of what they want to do later on and need a bit of inspiration. This course opens the door to a variety of career pathways, and the lecturers are very open, welcoming and willing to help you find your place. All you need to do is ask for help.
What kind of things are you involved in outside of your course?
I am currently doing an internship at an artist management company, an area which I might not have even considered in the past but sparked my interest a few months ago. There is no better way to get an insight into the music business other than putting yourself out there and getting first-hand experience. This internship has opened my eyes to a lot of things. I feel like I’ve also learned a lot about myself in the process too.
What do you plan to do after you graduate?
I am now considering going into music management and gaining experience within a successful company. In the future, if everything goes well, I might start my own business.
What would be your top tip for our applicants?
University is not like high school. People will come in with years of experience behind them and that will likely put you off at first. Just breathe and do your best, learn at your own pace, and, whatever you do, do not get intimidated or defeated. For instance, on my course, people have different levels of musicianship or experience in the music business. Each of you might be better prepared in different areas and that is perfectly fine. Everyone has their strong and weak points. Nurture yours and start on your own path. Have ambition, focus on your goals and you can make it.