Former Brooke Weston student Matt Murphy is planning a music career and his band has just been signed to a record label. Matt is studying for a BA Honours degree in music technology and he plans to spend the next year or two developing the band.
His degree, at Huddersfield University, covers all aspects of music technology, from its history, through to the latest recording and production techniques. Surprisingly the first synthesiser, mostly associated with 70s and 80s music, was originally invented in 1913.
He and friends from university formed their band Animated, which has just signed to Native Records. They describe their music as grunge pop with influences including Nirvana and Led Zeppelin. They have already recorded an album and their first single, which can be previewed on Facebook, is due out next month.
Matt, who is the band’s drummer, said: ‘I am taking an extra teaching module on top of my degree and it is designed to help transition from the standard degree to the PGCE. It helps you get experience in schools and is an introduction to teaching and the curriculum focussing especially on teaching music.
‘Teaching has always been something that I want to do, but obviously coming straight out of university I have the band and other things to focus on before I go into teaching. It is not going to be something I do straight away as I will spend a year chasing the dream!
'Initially I was shadowing the teachers in the Performing Arts department and this week I have started working with students, teaching the ukulele to Year 7s. With the Year 8s we are going to be designing and composing a four bar drum loop that they will use in a composition. I love being back here as everyone, staff and students alike, has been welcoming and helpful.’