Former Mintlaw Academy pupil, Ian Burnett (24) did not initially set out to pursue a career in music.
Upon leaving school he first studied construction at Fraserburgh’s Banff and Buchan College but after finding it difficult to secure a related apprenticeship, he decided to rethink his plans.
Ian had always been interested in music and having taken up playing guitar in his final year at school he enrolled on the Introduction to Music course at Aberdeen College.
He then progressed to the NC in Music before finally embarking onto HND Music. Ian’s four years of study began at the College’s former Gordon Centre before moving to the Gallowgate when the new music and performing arts facility was opened in 2011.
Ian said: “I really enjoyed my College experience and particularly benefitted from my time in the new basement facilities at the Gallowgate Centre.
“The resources are excellent and really conducive to the creative atmosphere that goes hand in hand with the music industry. I made so many friends during my time at College and was involved in different music groups and bands.”
Since completing his HND Ian has been working at the Mintlaw Academy Music project, an initiative where pupils are encouraged to learn how to play instruments and form bands.
He has also been working at Broch Music as well as the Peterhead Music & Rock School, offering guitar tuition.
In addition, Ian has also had success with his own music. He released an EP ‘Stand Strong’ earlier in the year which created a profit and had tracks played on the radio and featured on a SHMU FM compilation album.
Ian said: “In addition to the development of my writing and playing skills, the music technology and business related units have really helped me seek out alternative career opportunities. I would recommend Aberdeen College to anyone keen to progress their future in music.”