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GUEST,doc.tom Newcastle Folk Degree - is it any good? (119* d) RE: Newcastle Folk Degree - is it any good? 01 Nov 07

Hmm... Interesting - as usual. Is it any good?? - for whom? and in what way? Converations with several who have been throught it seems to suggest that it has been of benefit/value to them. It is a degree IN MUSIC, remember. Government targets of 50% of the population going to university means, BY DEFINITION, anyone of average intelligence and above! Early concerns about the academic rigor of the course are totally assuaged by having His Worship The Gammon in charge - and the credentials of the tutors can hardly be in doubt. I find it encouraging that the course at least attempts to deal not only with the music, but also with the 'Industry' (God help us all!), stage-craft (although not very sucessfully from most of what I've seen) and how to get gigs and influence people (throw money at it). Rather it was there than not - how about some more to extend the scale and scope, and hopefully to avoid a singular school/style develpoing - no, it's not too late!

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