Making music accessible for all
I’m Verity Beards-Jones from England and I’m in my second year studying Music (BMus) including performance, composition and musicology.
My ambition is to make music accessible for everyone.
Listening to and taking part in music-making has a wide range of benefits, including: its ability to improve mental health and tackle isolation; its benefits to people living with dementia or memory loss; and teaching children valuable cognitive and communicative skills.
I feel that, especially with recent music funding and educational cuts, it is unfortunately becoming increasingly more exclusive.
Over the next year, I have lots of plans. I want to set up a free concert series around Glasgow, which aims to appeal to everyone by showcasing a wide variety of musical genres in a range of venues.
I want to encourage learning music on campus by extending the ‘Grade-athon’ (which I’m currently running in the music department) to be university-wide. This will mean everyone on campus has access to free instrumental lessons – and will raise money for a local musical charity at the same time.
I will also visit local hospitals and schools with small music groups to give informal concerts to patients and pupils; and run a term of free after-school music clubs at local primary schools near Manchester, and potentially a summer school.
I fell in love with the university when I came for my interview/audition. Everyone is so friendly and happy to help, which makes such a relaxed atmosphere to study in and feel at home.
I chose to study music because it’s what I really enjoy and am interested in. Being surrounded by people who have the same enthusiasm as I do is very inspiring. My favourite aspect of music is its communicative quality; its ability to speak louder than words in so many ways.
Verity is one of the University of Glasgow’s Future World Changers: students with ambitions to improve lives across the globe. Follow their journeys using #UofGFWC.