What students say about music
The music course is extremely varied and actually covers as many styles and genres as the real world would ask you to engage with. Essentially there are three strands: performance, composition and teaching (a unique course in itself). These then subdivide into popular, jazz, folk and classical music. You're expected to do extra work equivalent to the time spent in lectures doing your own self directed study and in the music department this can be achieved through the large quantity of practice rooms, each equipped with a piano.2nd year, University of Chichester
In a typical week studying at Birmingham Conservatoire, you only have around nine hours of scheduled classes. This includes music history lectures, world music classes where you get to take part in practical sessions in samba, salsa, indian classical music and lectures about performance traditions. Some of these hours are taken up with department specific activities - strings/ woodwind/ brass etc. - and these hours will feature lectures or performances delivered by visiting tutors and professionals. Finally, you will receive one hour of individual tuition on your instrument each week. The rest of the time you are expected to spend on private practice.1st year, Birmingham City University
There is about 15 hours of teaching per week. The course explored all aspects of music from the very old to the very contemporary, and the subjects covered are stimulating. The course is a little more performance and group-orientated than I had expected, and this could be a problem if you do not enjoy such things. Work is mainly practical (i.e. composition), with some essays, and there are no exams.2nd year, University of Hertfordshire
What you need to get on a course
Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
- Grade VII / VIII for your main instrument
Useful to have
Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.
- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
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- Artistic, literary and media occupations
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Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- Musician (self-employed or contracted)
- Music tutor
- Music producer
Other real-life job examples
- Arts officers
- Multimedia designer
- Sound technician
What employers like about this subject
Studying music can help you to develop subject-specific skills including the history of music and performance, a thorough knowledge of composition and a practical grounding in music performance - music degrees tend to have a strong practical element. Useful transferable skills you can gain from a music degree include communication, time management, project management, team-working, planning, performing under pressure and commercial awareness. The performing arts, education (both private tuition and in schools), events management, social and welfare, film and TV, advertising and computing industries all recruit music graduates.