Grammy Award winner Simon talks about his success in the music industry and how, as a university lecturer, he's transferring his knowledge to students at ARU.
I'm a Senior Lecture/Practitioner on the BSc Audio and Music Technology course and, in my role, I lead and/or teach a broad range of modules. These include Acoustics, Sound and Music, Audio Programming, Studio Practice, Live Recording Practice and Final Studio Portfolio. I’m also primarily responsible for the studio-based teaching on the course.
The thing I enjoy the most about my job is the day-to-day contact with my students, especially on practical music studio projects. As a practitioner with over 30 years’ worth of top-level experience in the music and film business, I can help students achieve success by ensuring they understand how their learning relates to the skills they will need in their future employment.
During my time at ARU, I’m most proud of how I’ve helped to introduce surround sound facilities and teaching to the Audio and Music Technology course. I’m really looking forward to building new industry partnerships for the course, and Cambridge School of Creative Industries. Some are already in progress, so watch this space!
Finally, if I could offer one piece of advice to people, I’d tell them to always say yes when an opportunity for experience or networking presents itself. Whilst the opportunity itself may not seem ‘perfect’, it could lead to something much better in the future.
Before starting at ARU in Cambridge I was a Teacher of the Deaf, and I wanted to extend my knowledge and skills to learn about other disabilities. When I found my current role, as a Disability Adviser, I was very interested, and I’ve been able to learn a lot during my time here. Read more…