For brass bands i can highly recommend RWCMD, I'm starting ther next year after transferring from Birmingham Conservatoire after only one year. On hearing the Welsh Col brass band i was amazed.
Have to agree with Vegas Bound. Seriously think about what it is you want to do AFTER university, therefore which type of degree you want to do and what course content is best for you.
I studied music at Huddersfield University, didn't use my brains at all before I went and just got myself onto a course with a good brass band, where all my friends were studying. Stupid, I know! I hated the course, didn't like the options and regretted not putting more thought into it. Looking back, I wish I hadn't done a degree in music at all, but that's my own stupid fault. Make sure you look at all the courses available to you and decide which is best for you - not just which is best for the brass band and tutors.
Just to add, I'm not trying to imply you would make as stupid a decision as I did... but a few of the friends I met at Uni had been as flippant as me in making their choice of University, so I try and warn as many people as possible when I get the chance. You end up with a lot of debt - make it worth it!!!
I did that the first time i went to uni, i studied sports science, thats why i know i want to study music, i can't afford to go till i've paid my first lot of debt off. i'm going to study this time
I also like the idea of being able to perform in the last year rather than hving to write a dissertation.
As for after university, i don't really care, i'll be a mature student anyway but want to go for the experience of studying music. i think about music all day everyday so i know that working at an outdoor pursuits centre (which is what i do now) isn't where i want to be.
Definately don't have to write Dissertation if it's not suitable for you (though it was for Rachel - congrats by the way :biggrin: Performance is available in all 3 years, and if you want it as a major it's worth approx. 33% of your final year mark.
Agree with everything Rachel has said. Everyone is really friendly and mixes from all 3 years. I'm also a mature student, and even i'm accepted (well sort of ;-) ) despite my age!! When i was considering going back, i asked questions on here, and Rach told me the same sort of things and it was the best decision i made going to Salford to do music.
Not the best looking facilities in the world, but quality course and social life
When are you thinking of going?