Studying music at university is both intellectually and musically demanding. It requires you to engage in a broad range of practical and intellectual activities including performance, composition, improvisation, analysis, research and critical intellectual enquiry. We foster teamwork and initiative through participation in music ensembles, and communication skills through performance, presentations and written work. Flexibility, self-discipline and good time management are all required to attain high technical standards and to balance the demands of study, practice and performance.
Graduates who want to use their music degree in their work often progress to become self-employed musicians, performers, composers, teachers, academics, music therapists, studio managers or sound engineers. Other opportunities include arts administration, music production, specialist magazine journalism, music librarianship or music publishing. The wide range of transferable skills music graduates develop, however, means that they can easily move into the career or training pathways that are open to graduates of any discipline, for example, management, marketing, accountancy, law, events management, journalism and IT. The University's award-winning Careers Service can offer help with planning for your future career from the day you arrive - and keep helping you even after you graduate from Newcastle.
You can find out more what a music degree is like, how it prepares you for the world of work, and read case studies of our graduates who have pursued various roles in our Careers with a degree in Music publication.