Rebecca is a recent BMus graduate who is hoping to gain a PGCE and to teach in the future
Can you please tell us who you are, where you are from, and what you play?
I'm Rebecca Philpot, I live in Hornchurch in Essex and I play the Tenor Saxophone.
Why did you choose to study a BMus?
I chose to study a BMus because it was initially something I enjoyed studying at school as part of GCSEs and A-Levels. Also, from playing music from a young age and it becoming a large aspect of my life I felt I didn't want to give up playing at 18 to pursue something different where I would probably never pick up my instruments again.
Why did you choose to study at City?
I chose to study at City because it has some good modules on the programme which other universities did not offer such as World Music modules. It's also close enough to commute to and from, enabling me still to work.
What's your favourite topic (or topics) within the programme, and why?
My favourite topic of study during the programme has to be the Professional and Community Music Study placement in year 2, allowing you to work in a music-based placement for several weeks. For me this was great, as I worked in two schools in the music departments, assisting with teaching the lessons and helping out with school ensembles.
What are the three best things about the programme?
The variety of modules, from classical to world music to modules relating to the relevance of music in the world of work e.g. Music Business and Music Therapy.
What's the best thing about studying in Central London?
It's not too difficult to get to any destination.
If you could give one piece of advice to a prospective City BMus student, what would it be?
Prepare early in advance for deadlines, and talk to the lecturers should you need to - they are here to help.
What are your plans after completing your degree?
I hope to study for a further year, to gain a PGCE and to teach in the future.