Cait Hodgkiss: Graduation Prize Winner

We’ve caught up with BMus (Hons) Music graduate Cait Hodgkiss who has been awarded The Worfield Charity Concert Prize for Best Final Project in Music and Popular Music!

1. What degree did you study with us and when did you graduate?

I studied the BMus (Hons) Music course and graduated in September 2016 with First Class honours. I also won the ‘Worfield Charity Concert Prize for Best Final Project in Music and Popular Music’!

2. What did you do after graduation?

I am very fortunate in that work has found me, as of yet, I haven’t had to apply for any jobs. Last year, I set up a company called ‘Reach Out and Sing!’ offering singing lessons on a one to one basis and in the classroom.

Word of mouth has been the main source of my work. I am the Musical Director for an all-female choir, Kaleidoscope, based in Lichfield, I have had this role for a number of years now, but my time at the University of Wolverhampton has made me a much more accomplished conductor.

I also work as a Vocal Coach and Drama Teacher for two theatre companies, as well as offering private vocal tuition at home through my company ‘Reach Out and Sing!’

Since graduating, I have also started to do some classroom singing sessions at local primary and secondary schools. It’s so hard to choose what the best part of my job is! I love it, every day; I get to work with my hobby, music.

In the role that I do, I am able to be flexible with my working hours, and pass on the valuable music knowledge that I have learnt from excellent musicians in my education, to those students who have a real passion for music, and want to learn.

3. How did studying at the University of Wolverhampton either help you to gain this job – or how have your studies benefitted you in your day-to-day role?

At the University of Wolverhampton, I loved the fact that modules were flexible, especially in the final year of study, which meant that I could do my dissertation in a subject area which I loved, which was conducting. This meant that I did a practical dissertation as opposed to written.

My final performance was performed in Lichfield Cathedral, where I led a three combined choirs making over 100 voices in a performance of ‘Alexander L’Estrange’s Zimbe!’ in front of an audience of over 400 people. This meant that I was thrown in at the deep end and I overcame a lot of fears which has made me a much more accomplished leader which is a skill I use day in, day out.

4. What, for you, was the best part of studying at the University of Wolverhampton?

The most enjoyable part of studying at the University of Wolverhampton was the people. Everybody knew everyone doing your course, and other courses within the Faculty of Arts, no matter if you were a first, second or third year. This created a really friendly environment to work in. The course was also very varied, which meant that we touched on a lot of elements of music which you wouldn’t necessarily get the chance to learn about at other Universities.

We were also given the opportunity to have 24/7 access to the state of the art facilities in the Performance Hub, every other University I looked at did not have anywhere near as many modern facilities as the University of Wolverhampton.

5. What’s next for you?

Who knows what’s next for me, but I am considering coming back to study a PGCE!

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