Walsall College was one of the gig stops for a group of musicians touring the UK to showcase new music institute Resonance.
The Resonance roadshow band performed to the college’s music students and delivered workshops aimed at promoting wider careers across the industry. The group included Walsall College alumni Samantha Dorrance and Greg Platt Lake.
Alan Tyler, Curriculum Manager for Creative Industries at Walsall College added: “It was a real pleasure for us to welcome Sam and Greg back to where it all began for them.
“The entire Resonance Roadshow band are a great example of the types of career journeys that our students can aspire to.”
A singer/songwriter in her own right, Samantha Dorrance is also a children’s TV presenter and face of the Disney Channel. Session guitarist, Greg Platt Lake has worked all over the world with acts such as Steve Winwood and Robert Plant.
Resonance will be offering degree courses in Popular Music Performance, Popular Music Production, Popular Music Performance & Production, Digital Music and Music Business from 2020.
Alan Tyler continued: “The increase in the number of people working as performance, production and technical artists over the last decade inevitably means a bigger demand for the specialist skills to fulfil these roles. It’s exciting that local students will have the opportunity to further develop their talents beyond Level 3 and widen their understanding of the industry.”
“One of the things we are keen to stress here at Resonance is that while a career on stage is something that many will aspire too, there are lots of other careers in music you can follow,” said David Barnard, fellow co-director at Resonance.
“From the expertise needed for a live show to happen, to things like music teaching, the opportunities within the industries are endless. The point of these shows is to demonstrate to students that whatever their ambition is within music, Resonance can help them achieve it.”