Music lecture hits the right note with students
Music students based at the Walsall Campus of the University of Wolverhampton were given an insight into the music industry by successful musician, singer, and former student of the University, Clare Teal.
Clare delivered a two hour session to third year students covering the subject areas of music, popular music, music technology and musical theatre. The lecture was arranged as part of an employability and enterprise module.
After signing to independent label Candid in 2001 and releasing 3 acclaimed titles, Clare’s first album for Sony Jazz became her breakthrough record. Released in 2004, ‘Don’t Talk’ topped the Jazz charts and entered the UK Top 20, garnering plaudits and several awards. She has gone on to release 8 more successful albums, 6 of them on her own label MUD records. In addition to her successful Proms series, Clare also broadcasts on Radio 2 every Sunday evening.
Sarah Browne, Principal Lecturer and Head of Music at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “It’s really important for students to be inspired to make the most of every opportunity available to them.
“Clare completed her Music degree at the University of Wolverhampton and it was wonderful to hear how she values the skills she gained on this course. The talk was focused on how students can overcome challenges to succeed in what is a very competitive industry. Students were given the chance to ask Clare questions about her musical journey, what it’s like to be part of the music industry and how she achieved success.”
Clare said: “It’s really important for students to be open to every opportunity presented to them. I have a very special place in my heart for the University of Wolverhampton. The skills I obtained on the course really prepared me for a career in the music industry and I can honestly say I use what I learned every single day of my working life.”
Adam Riglar, Faculty Rep and third year Musical Theatre student, said: “Clare's determination left me in awe of her attitude and work ethic! We all felt her warmth and genuine interest in who we were and what we were doing, and she offered us great advice.”
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Date Issued: 25th April 2016