Why I Chose BIMM

Why I Chose BIMM – Symphorien Demares

12th May 2017

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Can you introduce yourself?

My name is Symphorien Demares.  I’m from France and since October I’ve been studying BMus (Hons) in Guitar Popular Music Performance at BIMM London.

How did you get started?

I started playing music, and particularly guitar, around my sixteenth birthday. I was self-taught for years and learnt by listening to greats such as BB King, Jimi Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin.  I developed my learning more deeply by studying Musicology and completing a Bachelor’s degree in France. This new knowledge introduced me to jazz music and I had my first guitar teacher at the age of 22 and joined a conservatory of jazz music. In the meantime I joined several bands, played live, and began teaching guitar in a music school.

Why did you choose BIMM London?

I chose to leave France for London as I felt that the music industry in the UK is really boiling. London has loads of opportunities for musicians – sessions, musicals, function, and a huge number of creative people. I choose BIMM particularly for connections and networking and to try to make my way in this enormous city. I love the Performance degree because it doesn’t focus on one style and it helps you be able to play at your best in whatever situation – and this is really (I mean really!) important as a musician trying to make a good living. I had the luck to be offered a scholarship from BIMM which entirely funded a year of study and they also offered me the possibility to start my degree directly in year two due to my background as a teacher. I couldn’t be more grateful to BIMM for that; it’s not only a good school with awesome teachers and opportunities but they really care and do their best for students. No matter how old or advanced you are, if music is what you want to do, please try it as you never know how lucky you can end up.

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