What Can I Do With A Degree In Music?

02 Aug 2018

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When it comes to knowing what do with a music degree, it’s very likely that there are more opportunities than you realise.

Whether it’s teaching, performing or composing there is a wealth of opportunity after graduating from a music course – and those areas only scratch the surface! Whilst music is undoubtedly the passion of all ACM students, the array of transferable skills you can gain from a degree or diploma here allow you to find a future in many other fields including those outside of the scope of music.

What skills can I learn from a music degree?

A graduate with a music degree should have acquired most if not all of the the following transferable skills:

  • Communication
  • Technical proficiency (through exposure to software)
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Can work under pressure
  • Working collaboratively as part of a team
  • Organisational and planning skills
  • Discipline
  • Attention to Detail
  • Ability to work independently
  • Basic business and marketing skills

What job can I get with my music degree?

With the skills gained from a music degree or a diploma, the following career paths are possible:

  • Performer
  • Music Education (e.g.teacher or Tutor)
  • Arts Administration
  • Theatre work
  • A&R, Promotion & Booking
  • Artist Management
  • Music Producer
  • Producer
  • DJ
  • Marketing Executive
  • Radio work
  • Music Therapy

What are my options after a music degree?

The skills you learn in a music degree are broadly transferable and can be applied to many disciplines, though it’s worth noting that some career paths may require further training or education. Work experience is also an option, ACM’s professional development department Industry Link bridges the gap between our students and the wider music industry meaning students have the resources to be well equipped for post graduation life.

Lastly, here’s a few well known names who studied music:

  • James May
  • John Williams
  • Lady Gaga
  • Trey Parker
  • James Horner