Music graduate Ruth Morris spoke to NAMHE in the fourth of our series of videos on the value of a music degree.
Ruth works as a choir leader for a network of choirs across Wales, run by Welsh cancer care charity Tenovus. Of all the skills she developed at university, Ruth points to time management, networking, and the ability to interact with different types of people as some of the most important in her day-to-day working life. She also continues to make use of her academic skills in the research papers she writes and the conferences she attends as part of her role. Still, Ruth obviously also draws on some core musical skills as part of her role. After all, she has a specifically musical role, in teaching people to sing together and in the technical side of directing the choir itself. But her background in performance is clearly useful, giving her a confidence in her leadership in front of a group and helping her understand how to maintain an upbeat, fun mood for the singers.
For Ruth, a passion for music is the main reason to take a music degree, and it’s what helps music students and graduates alike succeed. And although she couldn’t have predicted exactly what line of work she’d end up in, she’s certainly glad to be doing what she does. “I’m very biased, but I do think I’ve got the best job in the world,” says Ruth, who explains that she is “privileged” to be able to “actually change people’s lives through music”.