Case study

MMus Songwriting student — Stevie Rae Stephens

Stevie Rae, from California, USA, studied MMus Songwriting at Bath Spa University. Find out what advice she has to offer to prospective postgraduate students

Why did you choose this course and institution?

After receiving my BA in Music Technology and singing professionally for ten years, I decided that I wanted to develop a more rounded skillset by studying for a Masters.

I identify myself as a performing musician first and foremost, so a song writing course was the perfect fit. I chose Bath Spa University because it offered the world's first postgraduate programme in the subject and promised me a bright future in music.

Your course and professors can be a door to a successful career, but you must have the courage and commitment to walk through it

Tell us about the course...

We held a weekly group critique and songwriters' circle, so students never felt like strangers. Sharing fresh music with my classmates was an incredibly empowering and intimate experience. During the course, I wrote, arranged, recorded and produced an original full-length album.

What are the benefits of postgraduate study?

All of the networking and experience that I gained will have a big impact on my future. Before starting the programme, I wasn’t really sure what the future held for me - yet I am now more enlightened and enthusiastic about starting out. Postgraduate study at Bath Spa University has given me a renewed sense of confidence.

What advice would you give to others considering postgraduate study?

Ultimately, you are responsible for your education. The more you put in, the more you will get out. Your course and professors can be a door to a successful career, but you must have the courage and commitment to walk through it.

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