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NMIT Super Thursdays to the rescue for post-VTAC dilemmas

23 Jan 2013

With the recent release of the first round of VTAC tertiary offers, thousands of students will be celebrating getting in to their course of choice but there are still many who are considering their options.

To help those who are still deciding what to study in 2013, NMIT will be running a series of Super Thursday Information and Enrolment sessions over the next few weeks. Super Thursday sessions are like 'mini open days' where the public can meet staff, tour facilities and ask loads of questions.

Students who have already been offered a place at NMIT can also come in and enrol on Super Thursdays with extended hours until 7pm to make it easier for those who have work or family commitments.

NMIT was always 'on the radar' for music student, Hayley Ohlsen, but it wasn't until she attended an NMIT Super Thursday that she really felt she was making the right choice.

Hayley first found out about NMIT's Certificate III in Music from a school mate in the year above her. “She got in to NMIT and told me about the facilities and the course, and I really decided it was the place for me too.”

Hayley's next step was to go along to an NMIT Super Thursday information and enrolment day at the institute's Fairfield campus.

“I ran into Enio Pozzebon (teacher) whom I was soon to learn would be my music co-ordinator. He really explained in depth just how to apply and what would be the best options for me, the pathways for my studies and the cheapest alternative. He explained about the fee instalment plan without which I would not be able to continue my studies ... it basically allows you to break up the total tuition fees and pay them off in smaller percentages. Not only did I find out that the course provided everything I needed, was the cheapest of all TAFE or university courses, but also offered instrumental lessons included in the fees which no other university offered.”

Hayley's boyfriend, Nathan, came with her to the Super Thursday session and also ended up enrolling in the same course at NMIT's Greensborough campus.

The transition from school to studying at NMIT was an easy one for Hayley, with the small classes and practical focus giving her real encouragement to play as much as she could.

“The facilities are really professional and the course is very practically based. Some of my recital pieces were really hard, but I just went over them and broke them down. I got some help from other musicians; you get help from everyone.”

With a strong background in music theory, Hayley came into the Certificate III keen to improve her performance skills and develop all areas of her musical practice. The regular lessons and playing in a variety of ensembles certainly helped with her skills.

“This year has really helped me to pick up my practical work, especially different styles and playing with different musicians.”

She also found a few surprises along the way. “The technical side was absolutely amazing. I learnt so much about setting up and sound check and things that I didn't really know much about before.”

Along with developing her performance skills, the Certificate III in Music has also assisted Hayley to see a clear future pathway.

“The big dream is to get into a huge band or work as a sessions drummer”, says Hayley “but I also want to continue studying so that I can teach music too”.

After achieving good results in her Certificate III during 2012, Hayley was automatically approved to commence NMIT's Certificate IV in Music this year and hopes to follow that up with NMIT's Bachelor of Music and a Diploma of Education.

“I'd really like to teach music as well as play it. I think it's important to have those kinds of options.”

What? NMIT Super Thursday information and enrolment sessions. More information
When? Thursday 24 and 31 January and 7 February
Where? NMIT Preston, Collingwood, Greensborough, Heidelberg, Fairfield and Epping campuses.


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