The one thing all young people worry about is the future. What’s in store and how are we to survive what is to come. As you get older you are troubled with the responsibility of making life-changing decisions and one of those super important decisions for most people is what to study at University. After all, you are going to be stuck with whatever subject you pick for at least three years and that course is going to cost you money. So it’s super important you choose wisely.
Creative subjects have long been discouraged as there are more competitive and other people believe they limit your options. To be honest it is very difficult to become a famous singer overnight but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t many other job opportunities that come with a music course. Here are a variety of music courses that you consider:
The music course that most people are familiar with is the music degree. The majority of these music degrees will offer modules in performance, composition, and theory as well as contextual features. While this course seems limited in what you can do, this course can help you gain skills which are very desirable to employers. For example, for the Music Degree (classical with jazz) at Leeds College of Music, you undertake project work within a group allowing you to develop your teamwork skills. Music, in general, is a creative subjective and being creative encourages initiative which is another desirable skill to employers.
There are many people that are more fascinated with the technology which produces music rather than actually playing it. This is a very employable field because no one really thinks about how all this music is put together. While you won’t be the most famous person in the music biz, you’ll be responsible for so many other interesting things, you’ll be the one making it happen. The majority of universities offer these courses as there is actually a huge demand for this kind of job. One such course is the Music Technology Systems degree at the University of York. This course gives you a hands-on approach to becoming an audio engineer or music producer. The most desirable thing is there is an opportunity to go on a one-year work placement with this course. In this day and age employers now prefer experience over qualifications. A placement gives you the opportunity to gain more knowledge in your chosen subject while gaining that experience. In addition to this degree, you also become a certified engineer so if you wanted to change your carer you’d be qualified in multiple areas.
Music in Education
A sector of music that a lot of people forget is using it in education. Whether that’s teaching it in a school or starting your own music tutoring gig. There are specific degrees you can study which will combine music and teaching so you don’t have to do a separate teaching degree. For example, the University of Aberdeen offers a music and education course which not only teaches you about the fundamentals of music but you also learn great teaching techniques which can be applied in any subject.
Joint Honour Degrees with Music
In a sense, you can combine music with just about any subject. Whether that’s math, English, computer science, French or anything else, there are so many different combinations it would be impossible to list them all. These joint courses give you the opportunity to experience and gain a deeper knowledge of music while still keeping your options open. You also gain all the skills you would have on a normal music degree as well as the ones from your chosen subject.
In conclusion, what to study at University is probably the hardest choice in your life and if you are considering music we hope this has taken some of the stress off that decision. You don’t even have to be a dropout to make it music.