Student Story – Nuno Monteiro – JTC Guitar

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Nuno Monteiro is a JTC guitar student on the BA(Hons) Creative Music Performance degree course. He took some time out from his busy schedule of touring and studying to tell us why DIME ONLINE was the right choice for him.

Nuno has been playing guitar since he was 13, when he took up classical guitar at a local music school in Oporto, Portugal. Around this time, he started his first band “Bê de blues”. He quickly progressed to playing professionally and by the time he was 17, was earning a living from music. Nuno was keen to share his musical story and his experiences of studying online!

“Before starting my studies at DIME ONLINE I lived in Barcelona and studied at L’Aula de Jazz y Musica Moderna del Conservatori del Liceu; a music school that is part of the Berklee College of Music international network. I graduated in Electric Guitar, and became a teacher in the same school from 2006 until 2010. During my time in Barcelona, I studied Flamenco guitar with Manuel Granados (one of the most respected flamenco guitar teachers in Spain) at “Conservatori superior de musica del Liceu”. Following this, I graduated in Flamenco Guitar.

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I am lucky to be a full-time musician – I have played hundreds of shows in the past 25 years. One of the most significant jobs has been playing guitar in the musical “Mamma Mia” in Barcelona for a year and a half, followed by two further years touring with the show. I’ve been able to play and record for a number of artists in Portugal, Spain and the US, and I’m currently working for Princess Cruises as a showband guitarist. This allows me to travel the world – so far I’ve visited more than 40 different countries!

Due to the nature of my work, DIME ONLINE was a natural choice. Because everything is online, it’s compatible with my professional life and means that I can access my studies from anywhere in the world. I’m also never satisfied with my playing and wanted to improve my guitar skills whilst also gaining a degree that would enable me to teach at university level in the future.

I found out about DIME ONLINE on the JamTrackCentral website and the rest is history! The partnership with JTC was important to me. I really connect with the guitarists featured on the JTC roster, and this gave me confidence that the academic study components of the course would be oriented in a way that would help me to improve as a musician.

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I travel a lot. I’ve been in more than 40 countries in the past year so I have to adapt my study routine every day according to my work schedule. I normally record my tasks wherever I can – it could be in my room, backstage, in the dancers dressing room – wherever I can find a space! I edit all the videos when I’m travelling, and every time I’m in a port I have to find good WiFi so I can upload all the videos I’ve done.

I find the course very rewarding. I love being able to improve my craft wherever I am in the world. I find it motivating to be able to upload my tasks from whatever country I’m in. The main challenge for me is meeting deadlines, especially when I’m at sea. I have to plan carefully to make sure my tasks are delivered on time and it doesn’t conflict with my professional life. Sometimes I might have to deliver everything before an assessment deadline, so I have to work faster, or work overnight so I can deliver on time and still enjoy the port where I’m playing.

My tips for anyone thinking of applying is to make sure that you are playing with other musicians in a live situation, so you can really improve as a musician. This online program offers not only flexibility, but is versatile, oriented by active musicians who give you all the support you need while also allowing you to continue as a professional musician. If you’re disciplined and focused then you can do what I’ve done: tour and maintain your studies wherever you are in the world.”

Check out a couple of his videos below, all written and performed by Nuno.

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