ICMP BMus in Popular Music Performance alumnus Jon Wilson's career has come full circle, from studying Bass with us to now forging his own path in music education. 

He studied with us when ICMP was known as the Institute, graduated, then returned to his home of Exeter where he taught at the Academy of Music and Sound (AMS) (with his students including our tutor Ryan Poulter). 

In our interview,Jon discussed his time at ICMP as a mature student with us and what his key learnings were. 

He said: "It was interesting to discover that there were a lot of mature students there too."

"As a mature student who has worked full-time since leaving school at 16 to suddenly be studying and playing music every day was great, and I made the most of every day I was there. Outside of university, living in London for three years was a great experience, and one that my wife and I look back on fondly."

If there is one thing I learned as a musician, it was to never say no to anything. You might regret saying yes to something later on, but in the end, when you're loading your gear back into your car or van or travelling home on a London bus with a double bass, you will be glad you did."

Jon has balanced his journey in music education with experiences playing in a variety of different bands and groups.

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