By now, several popular musicians have made their way into academia. If you attend Georgetown, you can take a sociology class centered around the life and times of Jay Z. Religious studies more your thing? Rutgers offers a course that examines the theological roots to Bruce Springsteen lyrics.
Of course, none of those acts will actually help you pay the increasingly absurd costs of college. For that to occur, you’ll need to enroll in BIMM Dublin’s new three-year BA in Music Production program and apply for the Kevin Shields Music Production Scholarship. That’s right, the My Bloody Valentine frontman has been honored with a brand new scholarship, which will pay for one lucky music student’s entire three-year ride. Without the scholarship, the program normally runs €5,950 (or $7,826).
Of the honor, Shields told BIMM, “It’s a cool course. It’s a good opportunity for a young producer to learn all about sound and techniques.” Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that he’ll be teaching any lectures.
Aside from his work with MBV, Shields has a sizable resume of production and engineering credits, manning the boards for the likes of Primal Scream, Dinosaur Jr., Mogwai, Curve, Spacemen 3, The Pastels, and many more. He’s also won both a BAFTA and an IFTA for his original contributions to the Lost in Translation soundtrack.
If I could advise future students for a second: Definitely heed Shields’ words regarding music and theory and the like, but maybe just avoid discussions pertaining to promotional campaigns and/or British politics.