I never imagined that one day I’d be sitting in one of the country’s most famous studios, with a producer who had worked with Paul McCartney, mixing a track that I’d written in my bedroom!

I left college in 2014 and a gap year turned into three years of travelling, teaching English and volunteering. When I got back I thought about studying philosophy or religion but, deep down, I knew I couldn’t sustain an interest in a subject for three years if my heart wasn’t really in it.

My real passion is music. I’m a musician, singer and songwriter and, from performing with my band across the North West, I’d become interested in the technical side of making music. Wanting to learn more about the science behind music, while pursuing my own musical interests, made a degree in Music Production the perfect choice for me.

Like most people who study Music Production, I went into it imagining I would learn to be a music producer, but this course is so much more than that. I’m constantly discovering new areas of music and music theory that are helping me develop as a musician, building my knowledge of the industry and honing my production skills.

Every module is surprising and has the potential to take you in a new direction. Since starting my degree, I’ve changed from wanting a studio career to considering sound design, live sound engineering or possibly teaching. It’s opened my eyes to so many possibilities.

Learning at Edge Hill gives you the confidence to branch out and test out new things. I’d always played rock and blues before, but since being here, I’ve discovered folk, classical, even Latin jazz – I’m a big bossa nova fan now, and that’s something I never thought I’d hear myself say! The course has had a major impact on my personal creativity, and I feel like I’ve really grown as a player and songwriter.

The opportunities within the department are incredible. I never imagined, for example, that one day I’d be sitting in one of the country’s most famous studios, with a producer who had worked with Paul McCartney, mixing a track that I’d written in my bedroom! The chance to record at the legendary Parr Street Studios was an unforgettable experience and an amazing insight into how a real studio works – and it only happened because I’m a student at Edge Hill.