Curriculm Vitae

Nicola Cassells


Contact: nicolacassells@icloud.com

Personal Statement

  • A current student at University of the West of Scotland currently completing a BA Honours Degree in Commercial Music
  • A working professional musician with 10 years’ experience in performance, events management and press relations
  • An experienced and ambitious individual who has developed a mature and responsible approach to any tasks undertaken. Highly motivated to learn new skills and adapt to change.
  • Objective and aim to use experience, relevant knowledge and skills gained to develop a career in Music Education

Education

Commercial Music BA (Hons) Degree | Sept 2015- present | University of the West of Scotland

  • Modules gained (Level 9): Rights Within the Performing Arts, Popular Culture and Music, Music Research Practice, Advanced Music Production, Creative Music Product Design and Work Related Learning
  • Current Modules being undertaken (Level 10): Commercial Music Research Project, Creative Music Project, Entrepreneurship and Professional Practice and Community Music Project.
  • Project: Music Harbour Speaks Networking Event and Music Business School Workshops
  • Dissertation Theme: Gender in Music Education

HND Music Business | Aug 2013- June 2015 | Glasgow Kelvin College

  • Core Modules: Creative Industries Infrastructure, Music Law, Working in the Creative Industries, Marketing, Promotions, Financial Management, History, Music and Image, Graphics, Creative Project, Publishing, Management Record Company Organisation and Structure, Running a Record Label, E-Commerce, Touring, Digital Communication, Cultural Studies and Graded Unit.
  • Project: Charity Gig and Online Blog
  • Related Coursework: HNC Sound Production and Recording, Ayr College, Aug 2007- June 2008

Queen Margaret Academy Ayr | Aug 2001- June 2007 |

  • Advanced Highers: Music (Performing and Listening), Advanced Vocals, Art and Design (Fashion Design Modules/ Portfolio)
  • Highers: Music A, Art and Design A, English C
  • Standard Grades: (all credit level) Music, Art, Maths, English, History, Graphic Communications, French, Physics

Work Experience

Classical Singer | Nicola Cassells Music | 2006- present

  • Award Winning Classical Soprano Vocalist with vast live performance and recording experience
  • Co-manager duties include organizing and managing events, building relations with press, managing self- promotion, marketing, promotion, diary management, social media management, communications and administration and financing
  • Duties as an Ambassador for the Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Charity which include supporting the organization in their vision, missions and values.

Sales Watch and Diamond Advisor | Signet Jewellers| Sept 2008- present

  • Sales watch and diamond advisor currently at Ernest Jones, delivering a high standard of customer service by confidently engaging with and discovering the customers’ needs
  • Excellent product and branding knowledge, SJA Silver level of training qualification, and a national qualification in customer service skills
  • Duties include, Till and cash handling along with opening and closing operations, store targets running and organising departments and launches, taking orders, dealing with deliveries and carrying out repairs.

Events Management Assistant | Eventsalive | Sept 2015- Feb 2016

  • Work Experience at a successful Events Management Company
  • Duties include internet research of clients/ artists and venues, administrational duties within office, attending and working live events, artist liaison and stage management

Skills and Abilities

Adaptability:

  • Highly organized individual capable of working in a fast paced and can adapt to various situations prioritizing multiple work assignments simultaneously. This is based on experience of balancing a full- time university course, a part-time job, a singing career and social life efficiently, timely and to a high standard

Communication

  • Excellent communication skills developed through experience on stage as a performer along with liaising and networking with individuals in the creative industries.
  • Customer service roles have also developed confidence in speaking and dealing with the public, an attribute which can be adapted in other environments.

Leadership

  • Exceptional leadership skills developed though workshop experience in schools along with the management of Music Harbour Speaks networking event project. Effective skills of leadership also developed through the management of Nicola Cassells Music.

 

REFERENCES

Available Upon Request

 

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