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ACM@UCO Students Arrive in England for First Study Exchange at Original ACM

Jan. 10, 2014

Media Contact:  Liz Johnson, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, ACM@UCO, 405-974-4711,


Nine students from the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) recently arrived in Guildford, England to study this spring semester at the original Academy of Contemporary Music.    

Students studying in England this semester include Jacob Coleman of Oologah, Okla.; Kayla Dalman of Yukon, Okla.; Jacquelynn Espey of Corona, Calif.; Rebecca Nichols of Appleton, Wis.; Sophia Wells of Springfield, Mo.; Stacy White of Edmond, Okla.; and Joel Parks, Lucas Gillette, and Tremaine Wade of Duncan, Okla.             

This is the first group of ACM@UCO students to participate in the newly formed exchange program with the original ACM, which was signed by UCO President Don Betz, Ph.D., and Julia Leggett, CEO of the ACM in Guildford, this past May.           

While in Guildford, the students will take courses from experts in the British contemporary music industry in music psychology, intellectual property, future marketing and on the topic of the music record industry.  All coursework will be directly transferred to UCO and counted toward their degree. Students also will stay in dorms on the ACM Guildford campus.           

“The new exchange program with the ACM in Guildford is a tremendous example of how effective collaboration really helps to benefit our students,” said Marco Rodriguez, assistant director of the UCO Centre for Global Competency.           

“This exchange program is an amazing opportunity for our students and I am thrilled that it has come to fruition.  The students are already there and they are so happy and excited.  I can tell it will be a great semester for them,” he continued.             

The original ACM was founded in 1995 and is the world leader in music industry education with schools in the U.K., U.S. and South Africa.  Since its inception, the ACM has sought to provide students with the highest caliber music education and also help them start sustainable careers in the music industry.

Numerous successful musicians are alumni of the ACM in Guildford.  Most notably Ted Dwane, bassist for Mumford and Sons, English folk rock band.  In September 2013, ACM@UCO hosted an exclusive master class with Dwane while he was in Guthrie for the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Tour.            

The ACM@UCO opened its doors to its first class of students in August 2009 on one floor of the Oklahoma Hardware Building in Bricktown on Flaming Lips Alley.  Since then, the program has grown to fill three floors of the building and the ACM@UCO Performance Lab, also located in Bricktown. 

Based on the successful model from the original ACM in England, the ACM@UCO is an innovative music program unlike any other in the U.S., offering an industry-based, “real world” educational experience for those interested in a career in contemporary music.           

From its location in downtown Oklahoma City’s Bricktown district, the ACM@UCO offers two-year associate degree programs in bass, drums, guitar, keyboard, music business, music production and vocals, with the option to pursue a Bachelor of Applied Technology degree with an area of concentration in contemporary music.           

For more information about the ACM exchange program, contact the UCO Office of Global Affairs at 405-974-2390.

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