Amy Farnell


Subject Music
Course MA Music: Early Music pathway
Country USA
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How will your degree prepare you for what you want to do afterwards?

The amount of performing guarantees experience in my field. The conversations with scholars at the university enhances my knowledge of my passion. The connections I am making at the University of Birmingham is setting me up for a successful career in early music performance.

Have you joined any clubs or societies, gone on any research trips or done any volunteering?

I joined the PGMSA in which I have made many lifelong friends. The PGMSA hosts a variety of bonding activities like game nights, scavenger hunts, and pug gatherings which facilitate fellowship between postgraduates and mature students.

What, for you, are the best things about the course?

The performance opportunities, when sought out, are nothing less than spectacular. There are many connections I’ve made which have spurred professional relationships with multiple other people.

What has been the highlight of your time at Birmingham?

The highlight of my experience here has been living in an international flat. My flat mates are from China, Canada, Mozambique, and Japan. I learn more about life from them than I do from visiting their countries!

Why did you choose the University of Birmingham?

I chose the University of Birmingham in part because of its proximity to early music life. The musical opportunities, gigs, performances, and scholars of early music are vast and many in Birmingham and greater England.

What was your motivation for undertaking postgraduate study?

The more you know, the more you know you don’t know. I believe furthering education should be a lifelong process. I am pursuing a career in early music performance, and clearly need formal education to be the best in my field.