Barnfield College
Success Stories:
#IAm…a Music Lecturer

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Why did you choose Barnfield?

“I’d already studied a Level 2 Electrical Installation course for 2 years before applying for the Music course, during which I was treated like an adult, which was a change from high school, and I knew the College was a place I wanted to continue to be – albeit in the right course for me.”

Why did you choose your particular course?

“Shortly after my time at the Enterprise way campus, I found myself wanting to try something I truly enjoyed rather than pursing a trade that wouldn’t make me happy. So I went for an interview to join the Level 3 Music course, and from this moment I knew that the course was correct for me. The collaborative atmosphere was exceptional and I was given even more opportunity to flourish.”

David Hartmann in Barnfield College music department
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What do you remember most about your time here?

“My group was full of diverse individuals that helped each other and discussed their own interests. Each day was met with positivity til the end. Also, I was able to explore other avenues of music; I was not ‘type-cast’ as a guitarist. An unruly side of me, that enjoyed inventive instruments and creating noisy electronic music, was nurtured – an opportunity I don’t believe other institutions would’ve given.”

What are you doing now?

“I currently teach Music at Level 4-5, which is HNC and HND, degree-level. The chance to get into teaching came from asking for work experience as a Technician, which in turn opened up opportunities to become a Teacher. I also create experimental electronic music under the name ‘L Shape‘, and been involved in collaborative modular synthesiser albums, and am developing an audio/visual experience to be the centre of my live show.”

David Hartmann close-up

“I’m most proud of being able to teach alongside the tutor that taught me. Knowing that he trusts me enough to take classes and tutor ‘up and coming’ artists, bands, producers and musicians makes me feel extremely proud.”

David Hartmann, HNC/D Music Course Leader and Music Lecturer
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How useful was your course in helping you secure your current position?

The course was paramount for me to secure myself as a Producer and Teacher. I needed my qualifications to be able to become a Tutor and the subject knowledge to enable me to explore my own musical ideas.”

What skills did you learn at Barnfield College?

“I learnt to use recording software and other studio pieces. But the most important thing I learnt was to explore my own ideas and to collaborate with other musicians – including musicians who exceeded me in skill but allowed me to grow along side them, taking note on how and why they approach different methods.”

Barnfield College music department
Michael McCabe in Music department

Which of your achievements are you most proud of?

“I’m most proud of being able to teach alongside the tutor that taught me. Knowing that he trusts me enough to take classes and tutor ‘up and coming’ artists, bands, producers and musicians makes me feel extremely proud.”

Any other comments?

“I am lucky to benefit from my former Teacher’s continued tutoring whilst at work. He still finds time to teach me about new artists he’s discovered, or new ideas he has researched that allow me to continually grow even though I’m no longer a student!”

How would you sum up your experience in three words?

“Blessed; Empowering; Engaging.”

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