Abner Pérez is an international alumni from Ecuador. He graduated in Commercial Music at Bath Spa University in 2006. He worked as a performer, songwriter and music tech in the UK until 2013. He travels extensively and he is interested in music business and research. Currently, he is the Academic Coordinator for the School of Music at the Universidad de las Américas (UDLA) in Quito, Ecuador.
Abner's Bath Spa story
After I completed my degree, I moved to London to study my Masters, but I stayed working in Bath Spa University as a music tech during the weekend and for the Songwriting Festival during the summer. I continued my songwriting activities and set up Reverso. This was a 7-piece latin-ska-fusion band that gathered momentum and managed to make an impact within the independent circuit for a couple of years.
At the same time, I got a job at Apple Mac as a technician. This was a great moment but I followed another passion: traveling. I decided to travel the world for 2 years. Although everything changed, traveling 54 countries was one of the most inspiring experiences I've ever had.
After the journey, in 2013, I decided to return to my home country, Ecuador. The next day after my arrival, I got a job as a songwriting lecturer at the School of Music of UDLA. A semester later, I got offer a full time job in the School. In August 2014, I became the Academic Coordinator for the program.
It is evident that my experience in BSU was determinant for who I am and what I do now. The academic experience, the work environment and ethics, the program's content that I am implementing are a result of my professional formation and influence from BSU, not only during my years as a student, but working with the amazing Commercial Music team afterwards.
"After the journey, in 2013, I decided to return to my home country, Ecuador. The next day after my arrival, I got a job as a songwriting lecturer at the School of Music of UDLA."
My advice for current students is ...
Profit from every single moment, every class, every conversation with teachers and classmates, every facility (studios, rehearsal rooms, library, the student union, the walks by the lake,...). Get out of bed and get the most out of it! Be responsible and perserverant.
The best thing about the course I studied was ...
I recommend Bath Spa because ...
It has an amazing campus, beautiful facilities, efficient processes, but overall, the human element is outstanding.