Playing Music in London
July 15 to July 26 (+ 2-day Glasgow extension) 2016
MUSC-470 Contemporary Popular Music – A Global Perspective
What’s going on?
Summer is here, and how about those summer vibes? I’ve been given the opportunity to study abroad through Thornton’s Study Abroad - London Program! Students will tour the center of England, experiencing a ten-day music intensive while interacting and networking with other student/faculty musicians from The Institute Of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP). With projects aimed towards popular music performance, production and culture, we strive to learn about popular styles as we explore song writing, rehearsal and performance strategies, stage presence, and collaboration in an international setting. Through this curriculum, both my analytical and directing skills will be challenged, allowing me to hone my ability to creatively and successfully combine distinct musical components. As I surround myself with talented-minded musicians, the program fosters a community in which young Londoners are encouraged to create, without fear of judgment, proving to be a genuine space for learning. This will prepare me for my ultimate endeavor of launching a record label, a label that fosters good music from unique, and even international, experiences.
Why not? Next to Los Angeles, London is considered to be one of the most exciting places for music; acting as a hotbed for underground artists and small independent labels. Here lives one of the most creative times that British music has ever seen, heaving with young artists that refuse conventional wisdom and style with talent, humor and truth. It’s freedom of speech! The UK is giving more opportunities to niche artists and niche sounds, and I’m eager to explore it. As they’re considered to have a vibrant underground scene, there are hundreds of new artists to fall in love with in the capital; also meaning there are hundreds of collaborative opportunities and musical experiences!
Students participate in a 10-day intensive course in the study, composition, production, marketing and performance of original, contemporary popular music, with an emphasis on the London music scene. This may include the London Eye, West-End shows, Abbey Road Studios, the British Museum, various theaters and music pubs, parks and historic monuments and Liverpool.
The London Program will be hosted from July 15 to July 26; the Glascow ICMP conference performance and experience will add the July 27 performance and the July 28 return to London.
We will be hosted through ACCENT International Consortium for Academic Programs Abroad www.accentintl.com. They will provide:
1. Modern dormitory housing with study rooms, internet access, kitchen, concierge, tours
2. Free ground transportation in London provided via rail pass
ICMP students and faculty will collaborate with Thornton students on the production of several performances and recordings of original music throughout London.
Past classes have performed at a variety of venues and participated in worldwide pod casts from The Regal Rooms, Paradise and Bedford Theaters – three of the top songwriter showcase venues in London. The 2014 class performed at 5 venues in 10 days, and spent a full day of recording at the SRR studios, London!
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Lecture/workshops have included:
· Jason Guy - Director of marketing - EMI, UK
· Sophie Daniels – Head of Songwriting, ICMP
· Richard Niles - Song writing (Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Sting)
· Tollis Zavalialis - Greek fusion composition, recording
· Eliza Keys, Vic Bynoe - Stage techniques and deportment
· Jay Stapely – Music Licensing, intellectual property
Student expenses, Summer 2016
Undergrad Unit rate Tuition: 2 units $3332
London Music Program
· ACCENT housing/ground-transport $1610
· Student Health Insurance $80 (approx.)
Airfare (round trip) $1500 (approx.)
Miscellaneous $500 (approx.)
Total $7022 (approx.)
What can we do?
This is a great opportunity to learn, network, and experience music in a different environment; I just don’t have the funds to support the trip. As you know, college units are expensive, and a plane ticket out of the country isn’t cheap either. In a perfect world, money would never decide whether or not we’re allowed to experience the world; but we’ve got to give a couple nickels and dimes. Therefore, I kindly ask for any donation towards this dream of traveling out of the country to experience music, especially in London! Any donation is greatly appreciated, even if it was just a penny, for that’s a penny I didn’t have before. In London I’ll strive to play, write, learn, and explore, developing my craft with valued international exposure.