Hi everyone! I'm currently working on my personal statement for CTM course in UK. Could somene check it please advice on grammar, vocabulary and content. I know it is very like an autobiographical note but I think it gives a true overview of why I decidet to study and also it contains informations about my skills related to the subject. Thanks in advance for any advice given. Emotion: smile

Dear Sir/Madame

I am a young Polish Musician/Producer currently living in Ireland. As a pianist I have a classical background but I am also passionate about contemporary electronic music off all genres (from experimental to so called club music) and the possibilities that modern technology gives musicians, composers and producers. Therefore I decided to undertake studies in a field of Creative Music Technology/Music Production.

My musical education began when I was 6 years old when I started to attend piano classes in my local cultural club. I was doing very well and soon I passed exams to a Primary School of Music in Warsaw. After finishing six year course in a class of classical piano I decide to continue my education and applied for a piano course in the Frederic Chopin State Second Level Music School in Warsaw. I passed the entry exams with the highest overall score from all piano class candidates.

My adventure with linking music and technology began when as a 14 years old I got my hands on JeskolaBuzz, a freeware tracker with many sound generators and effects. From that day I got sucked in by the world of sound synthesis, processing and sequencing. In my spare time (witch I did not have much being busy with two full time schools: my ordinary High School where I was in a class with mathematics-physics profile with extended program of Computer Science, and the Secondary Level Music School) I was experimenting and learning how to use computers to produce music with sequencers (CubaseVst than Sx), VST instruments and effects.

After finishing music school and getting my Diploma in 2004 I decided to undertake studies of physics at Warsaw University. The reason for that was that I didn't want to go to conservatory and to pursue a career as a pianist. Being very good at maths and physics I had no problems with getting onto the course even though the exams were considered as difficult. I was thinking of becoming a sound engineer but soon I discovered I'm not getting any closer to achieving that goal. I dropped my studies and decided to go abroad to earn money and build my own home studio. Personally I consider this as one of the most important (and very good indeed) decisions in my life. Getting away of home, and going to a different country broadened my horizons, gave me time tot think and opportunity to define myself.

I came to Dublin in April 2005 and working as a waiter started to assemble gear for my studio (my current setup based on a notebook PC: Focusrite Saffire audio interface, Yamaha P140 digital piano, Behringer BCF2000 midi controller and Sennheiser HD25 headphones). Meanwhile I did an English course and passed CAE exams. I decided not to come back to Poland jet and started thinking about getting into higher education. I heard before about a great choice of music production/sound engineering courses offered by universities in UK but I never considered it possible to study there for financial reasons. But living in Ireland I realized that I am able to save enough money to start my studies and than continue studying and working part time. After extensive research on the internet I found six courses of my dreams and now I'm applying for them.

What I expect to get from the course? I hope it will help developing my production skills, give me professional technical background, a chance to get my hand on a professional gear etc. But the most important from my point of view are people that I can meet, with similar interest, with whom I will be able to collaborate, producing and playing music or creating multimedia projects, from whom I will be able to learn and who will be inspiring for me.

Considering my classical musical background (in performance and theory), my skills in maths and physics, and practical experience in music production (I can send a portfolio of works if requested) I think I will prove to be a perfect candidate for course I am applying for.
Hi again. I postet this as an anonymous because I thought that I'm logged in but I wasn't. I hope somebody will reply. Thanks again.
Dear Sir/Madam

I am a young Polish Musician/Producer currently living in Ireland. As a pianist I have a classical background but I am also passionate about contemporary electronic music of all genres (from experimental to so-called club music) and the possibilities that modern technology gives musicians, composers and producers. Therefore I decided to undertake studies in the field of Creative Music Technology/Music Production.

My musical education began when I was 6 years old when I started to attend piano classes in my local cultural club. I was doing very well and soon I passed exams to a Primary School of Music in Warsaw. After finishing a six year course in classical piano I decide to continue my education and applied for a piano course in the Frederic Chopin State Second Level Music School in Warsaw. I passed the entry exams with the highest overall score from all piano class candidates.

My adventure with linking music and technology began when as a 14 year old I got my hands on JeskolaBuzz, a freeware tracker with many sound generators and effects. From that day I got sucked in by the world of sound synthesis, processing and sequencing. In my spare time (which I did not have much being busy with two full time schools: my ordinary High School where I was in a class with mathematics-physics profile with an extended program of Computer Science, and the Secondary Level Music School) I was experimenting and learning how to use computers to produce music with sequencers (CubaseVst than Sx), VST instruments and effects.

After finishing music school and getting my Diploma in 2004 I decided to study physics at Warsaw University. The reason for that was that I didn't want to go to a conservatory and to pursue a career as a pianist. I was thinking of becoming a sound engineer but soon I discovered I was not getting any closer to achieving that goal. I dropped my studies and decided to go abroad to earn money and build my own home studio. Personally I consider this as one of the most important (and very good indeed) decisions in my life. Getting away from home, and going to a different country broadened my horizons, gave me time to think and an opportunity to define myself.

I came to Dublin in April 2005 and, working as a waiter, started to assemble gear for my studio (my current setup is based on a notebook PC: Focusrite Saffire audio interface, Yamaha P140 digital piano, Behringer BCF2000 midi controller and Sennheiser HD25 headphones). Meanwhile I did an English course and passed CAE exams. I decided not to go back to Poland and started thinking about getting into higher education. I heard before about a great choice of music production/sound engineering courses offered by universities in UK but I never considered it possible to study there for financial reasons. But living in Ireland I realized that I am able to save enough money to start my studies and then continue studying and working part time. After extensive research on the internet I decided to apply for the X course at X university. (make it sound as though this is the only course you are interested in!)

What do I expect to get from the course? I hope it will help develop my production skills, give me a professional technical background, a chance to get my hands on professional gear etc. But the most important thing from my point of view is the people that I can meet, with similar interests, with whom I will be able to collaborate, producing and playing music or creating multimedia projects, from whom I will be able to learn and who will be inspiring for me.

Considering my classical musical background (in performance and theory), my skills in maths and physics, and practical experience in music production (I can send a portfolio of works if requested) I think I will prove to be a perfect candidate for this course.
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Thanks allot for correcting my statement. And about 'making it sound as though this is the only course you are interested in!' its difficult because I'm sending application through UCAS for six similar courses at different universities and I can only write one version of personal statement, same for all universities.
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