International Student Experience at Leeds College of Music

September 20, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs

I learned so much stuff from every single one I met in the college. I’ve already fallen in love with the city. My time here in Leeds has helped me a lot to become a better musician. I absolutely love Leeds. The atmosphere is incredible for music. You’ve got a really diverse music scene. Having so many different cultures in one big city
creates loads of different events. It’s very young, there are so many students. There are lots of things going on all the time. You can kind of travel the world by just going to different events. There are lots of people from other countries
and the atmosphere is really good and welcoming. Also you’ve got amazing food culture in Leeds as well – that’s probably another reason I’m really into baking. Leeds College of Music and the course itself is so versatile, so open. You can really realise yourself however you want. You’re not put into a little
box of this is what you have to do and this is what you’re going to graduate with. I think in a totally different way when I play guitar now than I did when I got here. Leeds College of Music makes me more creative. I just realised, everyone has their own things like artistic persona. I never think about it when I was in Korea, but in here,
everyone is doing their own things. There’s some really cool opportunities to grow and
get that practice before you get out into the real world. The facilities in Leeds College of Music are actually amazing! I was actually quite overwhelmed by how
innovative and modern everything is. The Venue is really, really nice. I think the Venue is really amazing. The library is just incredible; I live in there in between classes. Throughout my time here, I’ve had the opportunity to
produce high-quality records, whenever I want. The music community’s absolutely amazing.
I’ve made some great friends from all over the world actually. We have lots of classes that are collaboration
with people from other pathways. So I met many producers which is really good for me. What I’ve learnt at Leeds College of Music is how important social media is. How important it is to market yourself, promote yourself
but still maintain your music as art and not as a product. Everyone has their completely different kind of personality and
everyone has their own set of skills you can learn from. I kind of see it as Casper and his friends bring all this great music over
from Norway and their great experiences and I get to be a part of that as well. My playing has changed by having more of an
open minded approach I would say. Everyone kind of has a respect for everyone’s traditions. We got kind of a different musical language;
When two countries meet, it’s quite special, it’s quite cool. I feel more confident. If I’m going to just jump into the gig, I know what to do.
I know what I’m doing now.