Sound course choice advice from music technology major

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"Make sure when you're picking your course that it's something that you want. Don’t think that there are not many job opportunities in Music because there are in many diverse fields. It is important to do something you love because you will do it better. You can only be so good at something you are not interested in."

Emmelle, who went on to study a masters, tells how in her final year she worked on a sound project for the play ‘Mount Prospect’ in Garter Lane directed by Jim Nolan

Emmelle Wadding from Tramore, Co Waterford graduated with a BA (Hons) in Music. She is a past pupil of XLc Project, Waterford.

About the course
This course is about all aspects of music, from the history to performance. I majored in music technology and I minored in composition, they were both really good aspects of the course that I enjoyed. I play guitar and piano but I specialised in Jazz guitar while I was here. We did some charity concerts for Focus Ireland at Christmas time. We also performed at the 20th anniversary of Fair Trade in Waterford where we performed the Gypsy Jazz Ensemble. 

Why this course? 
It was a really diverse course. At the time I was getting really into Jazz guitar and Dylan Bible was here, nobody better. Music Technology was my favourite part of the course because I started off not knowing much about it at all and now I'm doing my masters in it. Recording engineering was part of the module so I learned how to record instruments, mix and master it. On top of that we did a sound design project for a play called ‘Mount Prospect’. It is a play directed by Jim Nolan. A few of us worked on that and I was chosen to continue on with the project. It was a really good insight into how to work in a theatre. 

What now?
Now I am studying for my Masters in Music and Media Technology in Trinity College Dublin. Also, I've recently been approached through connections made at W.I.T. to score a new show 'Losing Your Body' by Rachel Ni Bhraonain. The show is going to make a bid for the Dublin Fringe Festival 2019.

Advice 
Make sure when you're picking your course that it's something that you want. Don’t think that there are not many job opportunities in Music because there are in many diverse fields. It is important to do something you love because you will do it better. There's a limit how good you can be at something that you're not interesting. 

What stands out for you the most? 
The encouragement from the lecturers and peers on my course. You can see the various projects that the lecturers are doing outside of college so it is inspiring, the people are just fantastic. 

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Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in  Music

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