Spotlight on Talent : Rosanna Lefevre
Studied: Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music
Progression: Artist and lecturer
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A lot has changed since Walsall College last caught up with former music student, Rosanna. Following a Masters in Music, she is is now well into a PCGE in post-compulsory education.
The singer, songwriter and musician also recently released her fifth studio single, with an accompanying music video. The track is airing on BBC Music Introducing West Midlands Radio; the second time her music has been played on BBC.
This is in addition to Rosanna continuing to perform and tour with independent symphonic progressive rock band, IO Earth. They are currently working on what will be their sixth studio album, and third with Rosanna.
“My work is intense and challenging,” Rosanna said. “But it all stems from my passion for music. This is something the college helped me to nurture and use proactively.”
Like for most artists, 2020 has involved Rosanna’s plans changing. IO Earth are confirmed guests for Cruise to the Edge in 2022, a progressive rock festival sailing from Florida through to south America. During the pandemic however, the band have had to perform online.
“It’s a time of massive adjustment,” said Rosanna. “Those working in music are relying more than ever on remote technologies to continue writing, recording and performing.
“The band and I are live streaming gigs. It felt bizarre at first not to have an active audience right in front of you. Although you do get used to it.”
Rosanna’s experience of teaching has changed too, with more activity taking place online.
She expects her career to continue unfolding in a way that involves her doing a lot of things such as production and promotions independently. This is something she is keen for current student musicians and emerging artists to be aware of.
“It’s important that students get involved in as many different aspects of the industry as possible,” said Rosanna. “You never know what opportunities will come along because of all the extra skills you have on top of your musical talent.
“Having that extra knowledge and experience helps keep your passion and self-belief alive too.
“As an aspiring artist, you are more than likely to face knock back after knock back. You need those skills and self-belief to get you through those hard times. It’s why I encourage others to pursue a portfolio career if they can.”
Next up for Rosanna is to complete her PGCE and secure more hours teaching. She is currently working part time as a guest lecturer, alongside her teacher training placement for her studies.
She says she would love to work more in further and higher education in the future.
There’s also the release of IO Earth’s next album to celebrate. And finally getting back out on the live circuit.
“I’ll always be grateful to the college for getting my career started,” Rosanna added. “I genuinely enjoyed my time here.
“I initially wanted to study performing arts. Until the music lecturers here made me realise there was a more suitable pathway for me.
“It set me up for success.”