Edinburgh Napier University

"We learned to respect and listen to each other's views."

Music student Corin Anderson discusses working on the student-led Future Features project to promote the hugely successful 'Rip It Up' exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland in 2018.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

Working under the name CoriAnder, I am an electronic music producer, composer and DJ. I have written and co-written over 80 songs, produced and remixed other artists’ work and released five albums and one EP. I have also been interviewed and had several of my songs played on BBC Introducing.

Having graduated with a first-class Honours degree in Popular Music, I look forward to continuing my studies at Edinburgh Napier University with a PhD in Music. I am also employed as a part-time Music Technology Lecturer at the University. My job is to teach secondary school students how to use industry-standard software to record, edit and mix music.

What was your role in bringing the Rip It Up exhibition to life?

I was selected to represent the music department on an interdisciplinary agency of seven Edinburgh Napier students. We were tasked with designing an advertising campaign for the National Museum of Scotland’s exhibition on Scottish popular music, ‘Rip It Up’, with the aim to increase the number of young people visiting the museum.

We decided to film several short music videos with four up-and-coming Scottish bands/artists in the museum. From these videos we created a series of social media clips, blog posts and interviews targeted at young people.

As music representative, my job was to arrange music video shoots with four bands/artists that were currently making waves in the Scottish pop music scene and looked set to dominate the airwaves in the near future.

What did you learn during this experience?

I learned to work well under pressure and with others. The experience also introduced me to the world of creative advertising. As a team made up of Advertising, Graphic Design, Journalism, Music, Photography and Television students, I believe that we all learned a great deal, having shared our skills, contacts and industry knowledge with each other.

I recall the challenge of finding a compromise that satisfied all team members. The group comprised of several large personalities with equally valid opinions on how the finished product should transpire. We learned to respect and listen to each other’s views and I believe that the project benefited from this collaborative approach.

Plans for the future?

Upon completion of my PhD, I hope to achieve my career goal of becoming a music lecturer in a college or university. I already work as a part-time Music Technology Lecturer and take great pride in my role tutoring the next generation of Scotland’s musicians. I am also working closely with the music staff at the university to adapt my Honours project into a substantial music technology professional development course.

There was nothing more influential to me than benefitting from a top-notch music education delivered by inspirational music teachers and lecturers. The undertaking of a PhD will undoubtedly enhance my musical, pedagogical, collaborative and research skills, enabling me to achieve my full potential as a music lecturer inspiring the next generation of young musicians.

At a time of financial austerity, I believe that it has become more important than ever to ensure young people in Scotland have access to a high-quality music education, regardless of background or income. I look forward to playing my part in ensuring this is the case.

Any advice?

My advice for any current or prospective Edinburgh Napier student? Take on as many opportunities as you can, for you never really know where they might lead.

Not all paths will lead anywhere. But an open mind, coupled with a real passion for your subject and a strong determination to succeed, will eventually and inevitably lead you down the path that is right for you.

Corin Anderson is a Music Technology Lecturer for Edinburgh Napier’s Music Tech Academy programme.