"The aspect I enjoyed most was using the studios. They’re world-class facilities and to be able to freely book out time and just make music is phenomenally exciting, especially as you have so many people around you to learn from."
CourseMusic and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) BSc (Hons)
"The Tonmeister course at Surrey is an entirely unique programme with astonishing facilities. It really gives students a fantastic introduction to working in any sector of the audio industry. I’ve loved music and recording all my life and this course repeatedly impressed me by going deep into a very broad selection of relevant topics.
The aspect I enjoyed most was using the studios. They’re world-class facilities and to be able to freely book out time and just make music is phenomenally exciting, especially as you have so many people around you to learn from. The staff excel in their respective fields, and collectively have won many international awards and played crucial parts in legendary recording sessions and research.
The communal aspect of the course is wonderful; as the classes are so small, everyone slowly specialises and shares their knowledge. The course is quite hierarchical, allowing for knowledge to be passed down from more experienced students in a casual and meaningful way, outside of the confines of formal lectures.
"The highlight was definitely playing keyboards on an album that’s since gone five-times platinum."
For my Professional Training Year, I went to a residential recording studio in the Hudson Valley, New York. I learnt about expected levels of professionalism and experienced a whole range of opportunities including tape-opping, editing, mixing, assisting, maintenance work, hospitality and engineering. The highlight was definitely playing keyboards on an album that’s since gone five-times platinum.
I’d really recommend a year in industry. It’s a huge mental shift going from a life of constant academia to actually spending a year embedded in the professional side of the industry you’re aiming for. It teaches a whole other aspect of life that gives real context to everything theoretical up until that point. My final year was great because I really understood how everything I’d learnt fitted into my career. The highlight of this year was jointly winning the Focusrite Award for Technical Achievement for my dissertation. I’ve never considered myself an ‘academic’, but the course helped me find the topic that was right for me. The skills I’d learnt over the duration of my degree enabled me to focus on the specialism and produce something I was proud of.
Thanks to the skills and knowledge I’ve gained from my degree at Surrey, I feel absolutely ready to start life as a freelance audio engineer and to continue developing without guidance from an institution."
Discover more about our courses in music and sound recording, including our BSc (Hons) or BMus (Hons) Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister).