Each week we feature one of our current students or alumni, as we chat to them about their AMS Online experience and the cool projects their getting on with alongside their degree. They tell us about their Online learning experience, how they work and perform alongside a degree, and their current musical endeavors. This week I chat to Drew Lowe who is fitting part-time study for a BA Hons alongside an exciting touring schedule.

What do you study at AMS Online?
I’m currently studying BA (Hons) Professional Music (performance) Top Up, and studying part time. 

Where are you from, and where are you studying from?
I’m based in Andover Hampshire but studying everywhere and anywhere at the moment, as I’m currently on tour.

Who are you touring with, and what is your musical profession?
I’m a professional guitarist currently on tour with ‘Rock of Ages’ and working on my band ‘Temple of One’ Debut album.


How do you make study work alongside your busy touring schedule?
Its certainly hard being on tour but there are ways around it. You have to give yourself the time to work on whatever module you are on. The good thing about being on tour is that I have the day-time to study.

Choosing ‘Part Time’ has meant I can study and work at a sensible pace.

What have been the benefits of online distance learning for you?
Its meant I can continue my career without putting it on hold to go to a physical University. I can incorporate this alongside my working life as well as using my working life to help me on the course. It’s a win-win.

Take a look at the courses we currently offer part-time

What projects have you got going on? Any new releases? 
Yes I’m currently guitar 1 in The UK tour of ‘Rock of Ages’ and my band ‘Temple of One’ is getting ready for its debut album release and getting a lot of airplay and press at the moment.

Check out their debut single “The Cards”:


What is on the horizon for you – in the near future, or after finishing your degree?
After this I will continue as I am – performing and writing, touring. I would like to lecture in colleges as as I enjoy sharing my experiences with the next generation of musicians.

It’s great to hear back from our students, and we’re lucky to have some talented working musicians enrolled with AMS Online. You can follow Drew and Temple of One’s progress, touring and new releases here.
Listen up for next week’s article – we chat to Birmingham based student Devon Amory on music production and distance study.

Words: Izzy Trott