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Connectivity and education

Good digital connectivity creates world wide opportunities for teachers and students.

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Degree level online learning since 2012

The University of the Highlands and Islands is trailblazing delivery of highly practical subjects online. Its Benbecula campus is home to a remarkable online community of talented musicians.

Building on excellent on-island Further and Higher Education courses at Lionacleit, the BA (Hons) in Applied Music was introduced in 2012, drawing students together online from across the UK.  Now with the introduction of a masters qualification, the team is building on already established international links by welcoming students from across the world.

The courses cater for a wide range of musical specialisms and cultures. The students share an interest in the skills needed to succeed in today’s music and creative sound production industries, and also in community, heritage and tradition, learning practical skills and performance.

Programme Leader Anna Wendy Stevenson, herself an internationally renowned fiddler and composer, said: “We use video conferencing, students work with tutors and each other, and in addition there is one-to-one practical tutoring. We get together for residentials, where we work together for concerts, ensemble, performance and composition.”

We have an innovative blended model of delivery: students can study from home within their communities, while having a very bespoke learning experience.
Anna Wendy Stevenson, BA in Applied Music Course Leader, University of Highlands and Islands

Masters in Music and the Environment

Building on the Outer Hebrides portfolio of online based music qualifications, students across the world can now study at Masters level.

Find out more about the MA in Music and the Environment

Flexible study

Meet Chloe Steel who has been able to make international music connections while learning from home in the Outer Hebrides.

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