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Words from one of our students on The Community Music Higher Education Access Programme

Posted on 31 May 2012

Musician Peter Tinkler is enrolled on The Community Music Higher Education Access Programme and has kindly shared his thoughts. Join students from the course on our concourse this afternoon – if you’re quick! Event page here.

Why I joined the course
I have always played music throughout my life and my favourite times have always been when I’ve been involved with others making music. Watching my children take part in musical activities at school made me think about how much I would like to lead workshops to enable other people to enjoy music. I saw the Community Music Degree at Sage Gateshead and thought it would be an ideal way to gain the skills to do this but I didn’t have the entry requirements to apply and I wasn’t sure if I had the study skills or confidence needed to go straight onto a degree course. The HE Access course was an ideal way to gain the qualifications I needed as well as giving me confidence and reinforcing that this is the right course for me.

What I’ll take away from the course
I have gained many musical skills during the course, having the opportunity to try lots of new things: steel pans, Boomdang drumming, singing in a choir, playing new instruments and recording with computers. We have learned other skills that can be used in everyday life, learning about how to work with groups of people and gaining practice and confidence in expressing our ideas in writing and speaking to others.

Favourite Moments
I have enjoyed everything we have done during the course but the highlights for me have been playing new instruments. I have especially enjoyed playing steel pans and working with the Silver steel pan groups to complete my final project.

Everybody we have worked with has been fantastic and everybody has been inspirational in different ways. It has been great to work with so many different people all of who work every day with different groups playing music. Every person has their own way of working and it is good to see so many diverse musicians giving us ideas of how we could use different techniques to work to our own strengths when working with people.

Future plans
I have gained a place on the Community Music Degree at Sage Gateshead and am looking forward to starting in September. I would love to spend my working life sharing music with as many people as possible.

My Sage is….
Opportunity. The opportunity to learn and experience new things, gaining different skills in an inspirational, world class music venue.

Learn more about the Community Music Higher Education Access Programme here.

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