Published on 13 July 2017
With a name like Chelsea Tune it seems inevitable that she would end up teaching music – but just a couple of years ago Chelsea had given up on her dream, and was working in Next in Manchester.
“I did the first two years of my degree in Manchester, and came out with an HND in Music – but I didn’t enjoy the experience of university there,” admit Chelsea, 23.
“After a year out I came to Sunderland, as it was one of only two universities in the UK that did a Music Top-Up degree – and I absolutely loved it. I loved it so much that I stayed.”
This week Chelsea graduated with a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education and Training from the University of Sunderland. She has spent the last few months working with The Bunker in Sunderland, to get students over 18 involved in music. She also runs a Rock School, whose members range in age from nine to 15 years.
She says: “In Manchester there isn’t really anywhere that supports up and coming bands. When I came to the North East I was surprised to find there are so many places that offer support and help you develop as a musician.
“There have been so many opportunities in Sunderland, and I’ve had so much fun.”
And Chelsea is quick to resolve the question of her surname – and admits it is already a talking point.
“On my first day of teaching at secondary school almost the first thing a Year 10 boy said to me was, “You’re Miss Tune – and you’re a music teacher!” I thought, oh no, I’ve got three months of this! They thought it was hilarious, but I don’t really mind.
“I’ve had so many people ask me if I really am Chelsea Tune. It’s not a stage name. It’s on my birth certificate, I’ve got proof!”
The University of Sunderland’s Graduation Ceremonies are estimated to bring £1 million annually to the region and are attended by over 11,000 students, family, friends and supporters.