Our Music department welcomed Dr Bryn Harrison and Dr Geoffrey Cox from the University of Huddersfield, who delivered lectures and masterclasses to SJR students currently on the Music Maestro Elective Programme.
Both representatives from the university’s Music faculty gave informative and engaging lectures about the pathways available to our musicians and music technicians as they progress into Higher Education.
Our students were then invited to participate in workshops and masterclasses, covering a range of topics, including sound and dialogue replacement and composition. Dr Cox played some examples of sound and dialogue replacement, ranging from film clips to One Direction concert footage, with our Maestros tasked with critiquing and evaluating the quality of the work.
The next workshop led by Dr Harrison was on composition, with which we discovered many musicians have a love/hate relationship. Some students described their frustration with working within the constraints of an assessment brief, while others spoke of the satisfaction that comes from expressing themselves creatively.
The sessions were certainly beneficial to our Maestro Elective group, who as part of the programme, are given the opportunity to engage with guest speakers to discover the wide-ranging options on offer as they embark upon further study and employment within the music industry.
The department would like to thank the University of Huddersfield for their advice and expertise and we look forward to seeing our students put their new skills into practice!