I was a Chartered Accountant and I had a successful business career as a finance director, trainer and coach; I was an employee for the first half of my career and then I was-employed/freelance for the following 18 years. Working for myself gave me flexibility in working with my clients, allowing me to continue playing and leading music as a 'professional hobby' and also to spend time working on a voluntary basis with adults with learning disabilities. I play piano and I can read, play by ear and improvise; I have played jazz piano for many years on a professional basis.

Hometown:  Edinburgh since 1974, and Portobello since 1996

How did you come to choose this course and why QMU?

I decided that I wanted to make greater use of my musical gifts and communication skills; I have been on my own journey of personal development for the past 20 years, and music therapy appeared to be an area in which I could have much to offer. I chose this course because a quick web search revealed that the only Music Therapy course in Scotland was at QMU, which just happens to be a 20 minute cycle ride from where I live!

Why did you choose to study in Edinburgh/Scotland?

I first came to Edinburgh from London in 1974 to study for a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Edinburgh - and I have been here ever since.

 

"Support was available from a number of sources - the Music Therapy lecturers who are excellent, colleagues from level 1 where I am and also level 2, ELS (Effective Learning Service) who run very good workshops on study techniques, and library staff."
Jeremy Devlin-Thorp

The Course

How did you find the work load?

It was a slow start, picking up now (mid year 1) as the deadlines for assignments come into view, and therefore getting busier. Being a postgraduate course, I find that I have had to be quite self-motivating, something I am used to from working for myself for many years.

Support was available from a number of sources - the Music therapy lecturers who are excellent, colleagues from level 1 where I am and also level 2, ELS (Effective Learning Service) who run very good workshops on study techniques, and library staff.

What top tips would you give prospective PG students based on your own personal experience?

Follow your dream, do the research and due diligence, prepare well for the interview and then make sure you really are prepared to commit to the programme; when you are here, get used to the fact that it’s not an undergraduate programme and you have to be pretty self-directed and self-motivated; finally, enjoy! I’ve made the choice to come here and I am making the very best of the opportunity.

Life after graduation

What are your future plans for once you have completed the course?

It feels too early to say exactly. I hope to work as a music therapist, exactly where and with which client group I don’t know yet. I am wide open to learning and enjoying the experience and I trust that I will know where I want to be when I come to the end of the programme and I am qualified... 

 

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