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Music student makes the grade at prestigious summer school


A music student from the University of Wolverhampton has been selected to take part in a prestigious summer school course.

Daniel Wallin, 25 and from Colne, Lancashire, is a graduating student of the Music Technology degree course accredited by JAMES.  He was selected as one of 12 students from across the country to take part in the prestigious Gus Dudgeon Foundation and JAMES 2017 graduate residential summer course taking place at Leeds Beckett University.

JAMES is a consortium of music, entertainment and media industry organisations collaborating in the support of education and promotion of excellence.  Assessed by industry professionals, it engages with education primarily through the Course Accreditation process which is designed to endorse relevance, quality and continuing innovation throughout the student curriculum.

Daniel said:  “I was thrilled to be chosen to take part in the summer school.  It will be a great experience for me, allowing me to build on the skills I’ve learned whilst studying for my degree and giving me the chance to meet like-minded people.

“I’m hoping that, as well as being a great networking opportunity, summer school will add to my skill base and offer me some insights into careers in the industry. My aim is to work in the music industry either as a recording engineer, mixing engineer or producer.”

Matt Bellingham, Senior Lecturer in Music Technology at the University of Wolverhampton, said:  “The summer course is hotly contested with only 12 places available nationally.  The University was chosen to supply a student due to the quality and reputation of the JAMES accredited course delivered at the Performance Hub at our Walsall Campus.

“Daniel will benefit from five days of recording on both analogue and digital systems and will be working with producer Ken Scott, best known for his work with The Beatles, Elton John, Pink Floyd and David Bowie. Daniel will be recording some excellent musicians including Matt Deighton (guitar), Steve White (drums) and Ben Trigg (bass). Both Ken Scott and Matt Deighton have given guest lectures at the Performance Hub in Walsall, so we know that Daniel will have a great experience.”

Dr Steve Parker, principal lecturer in Music Technology and Production at Leeds Beckett said the course would allow students to meet and network with those from the other JAMES accredited courses.

“Getting to work with some of their peers from other HE institutions and professional practitioners adds to their skills and knowledge and enables them to continue to work over the summer in a creative environment.”

The Bachelor of Arts Honours (BA Hons) Music Technology Degree was recently reaccredited by JAMES on behalf of the Association of Professional Recording Services (APRS), the Music Producers Guild (MPG), AMPS (Association of Motion Picture Sound), and the UK Screen Association until October 2019.

Anyone interested in studying Music Technology should visit our next Open Day at Walsall Campus on Saturday 19th August 2017.


For more information please contact the Media Relations Office on 01902 32 2736 or 01902 518647.

Date Issued: 13th July 2017

For more information please contact the Media Relations Office on 01902 32 2736 or 01902 518647.

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