Natalie-Chan-blogNatalie Chan is a final year Music Business student at Birmingham City University. She shares her experience, how she chose the course and her top tips for new students starting this September.

I always dreamed of becoming an artist as I love dancing and being involved in school musicals. I never thought of going to University but in reality, things don’t always go to plan. The performing industry is highly competitive and I didn’t get accepted onto any drama school or dance school courses. I was in a panic and my tutors suggested me to do a late application for UCAS as a back up plan, so I began my course search and found the BA Hons Music Business course which is jointly organised by Access to Music and Birmingham City University.

Why did the course appeal to me?

If you love music, but you also want some professional marketing and business management skills to secure and stable career future, this course is definitely a good choice.

It focuses on the business aspect of the music and performing industry, and modules include music marketing, directing the creative process etc. As I’ve did maths, further maths and economics at A Level, I met the entry requirements of the course and had enough knowledge to handle the theory side of things and my passion for music gave me motivation.

The course appealed to me because I can work on things that I have a genuine interest and passion for but at the same time it also provides professional level training in business management and marketing. It gives me broad career prospects as I am able to develop a career in the creative music industry as well as in the more general marketing and PR industry.

Why Birmingham City University?

Birmingham is the second biggest city in the UK, it has lots to offer. Our course is taught at the Custard Factory which is literally located in the heart of the city’s creative hub – Digbeth. There are lots of music venues, music studios which gives a good vibe and gives you a sense that you’re actually working in the music industry.

Secondly, the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media is situated in the Parkside Building which was only built three years ago and offers modern facilities. Whatever your project is, you are always able to find the necessary equipment and because of the wide range of media courses BCU has to offer, there’s always someone you can collaborate with.

What I love most about the university

I am a fun-loving, out-going and confident person, I think this is built from my love for music and performing arts. As a result, I try to engage with different societies and opportunities on offer to make the most of it. Because most of the media students are very like-minded and love arts, we are very supportive of each others’ work. I voluntarily modelled for a photography student and she came to a music gig that I was organising to take photos for me. In my second year, I was part of the Students’ Union welcome team in September and helped welcome the new students. In return, the Students Union was very supportive when I was organising a singing contest for my course work, they promoted via social media, provided a venue and equipment etc. This definitely boosts the helpful and supportive spirit here.

My tips for new students

1. Make the most of every opportunity –  there are so many different societies, volunteering or job opportunities around the University so why not try something new?

2. Put in 100 per cent effort – the more you put in, the more you get out of it, whether that’s if you’ve signed up as a student ambassador or with your course. You’ve paid your tuition fees, so make good use of the resources, project or collaboration opportunities.

You could start your music career this September – places are available through Clearing.

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