Music

If you have a degree in music and are wondering about your career options or how to to get your first graduate job, have a look at the following careers information.

You may also be interested in reading detailed information about working in the music business and performing arts education.

Also  visit our Careers Centre or the Careers Room at Walsall (WA), where we hold information on getting into a career in music. If you'd like to talk anything through, arrange a careers interview.

What career options are there with my music degree?

The music industry is an exciting and engaging sector of employment offering careers in music production, performance, development, technology and creativity. In addition to this there are also opportunities in education, media, community arts, management and the theatre.

Further professional qualifications may be required for some of these options, while for other options vocational qualifications, personal qualities, experience or musical ability may be more important. However, a degree is increasingly seen by this sector as an advantage for career aspirations, promotion and further progression.

The industry is well known for its competitiveness and will require the highest levels of music practice, technical skills, relevant work experience, determination and robustness.

Anyone contemplating entering the music industry should go to the Creative and Cultural Skills Sector  where there is a wealth of information and tips on entry as well as access to specific music careers advice. For some ideas on specific roles using your degree see Prospects Options with music studies. Your music degree can help you to prepare for careers such as musician, music teacher or sound technician or a role in broadcasting, film or video.

Jobs in music

Here are examples from the Prospects website of roles graduates with a music related degree might wish to consider:

Who employs University of Wolverhampton music graduates?

This is what some recent graduates were doing 1 year after finishing their course:

  • Vocal teacher
  • Music teacher
  • Youth worker
  • Session musician
  • College lecturer
  • Guitar teacher
  • Cathedral music administrator
  • Teacher

Where can I find jobs and work experience in music?

Job hunting websites specifically focused on the music sector are listed below, along with other websites which you may find useful.

Job websites

You may also find the typical employers section of the Prospects Industry Insight on Creative Arts useful.

Further information

It is very important for students to find out as much as possible about their chosen sector of work and keep up to date with the latest developments.The following sites may be useful for this purpose and could also act as excellent resources for coursework: