Studying Music (BMus) at Uni, worth it or not?

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    Hi Student Room
    I'm currently about to enter my final year of secondary school and will soon be applying to different uni courses.
    So far I have been considering music, in particular a BMus course and wanted to know from anyone if its a worthwhile consideration?
    I always hear how the career prospects on courses like this are poor and stuff like that.

    Sorry if this kind of question has already been addressed.
    Thanks.
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    If that is what interests you then you should do it. The vast majority of graduate jobs are open to graduates of any subject.
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    If music is your passion, I see no hindrance why you should not pursue it.
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    Thanks guys! Music does interest me but because i also am doing Maths and ICT at A levels im stuck at a crossroads of which i should do. The other two I am led to believe l have better or maybe easier career paths if i were to study them.

    Truth is im scared to do any in case they dont suit me! i have no gut feeling on it
    But Music has probably been what ive spent the most time out of school occupying myself with out of the 3 subjects.

    So maybe i should aim for it?
    What are your thoughts?
    Thanks again
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    The others are right that most jobs would still be open to you. Even more specialist careers like law or becoming a doctor would be achievable, taking the appropriate graduate degrees in these areas after a first degree in music. (I know people who have done the GDL or Graduate Entry Medicine following a music degree with a good classification.)

    Ultimately only you can say whether it's worthwhile for you. Degrees these days come with a lot of debt and it's up to you to decide whether or not a music degree is a endeavour worthy of such a lot of debt.

    At the end of the day, the most important thing is to study something you enjoy and are good at, and to get a good degree classification (First or 2.1) from that course. University music degrees lend themselves reasonably well to the general job market. So don't let people scaremonger on that front :nah: Like I say though, only you can decide whether the debt is worth it :yes:
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    (Original post by Blackstar152)
    Hi Student Room
    I'm currently about to enter my final year of secondary school and will soon be applying to different uni courses.
    So far I have been considering music, in particular a BMus course and wanted to know from anyone if its a worthwhile consideration?
    I always hear how the career prospects on courses like this are poor and stuff like that.

    Sorry if this kind of question has already been addressed.
    Thanks.
    Hi Blackstar152,

    In response to your question about a good place to study music, I would like to introduce you to Echo Factory.

    Echo Factory is a music university situated in the heart of Leicester's Cultural Quarter. We offer degrees in BMus(Hons) Contemporary Music Performance (COURSE CODE: W315) and BA (Hons) Music Business (COURSE CODE: W375).

    The Contemporary Music Performance degree develops you as a musician, building technique, repertoire, and your unique style while ensuring you gain collaborative and ensemble skills to ensure that your opportunities expand musically and professionally. You will also gain studio/production skills to further empower you, as well as developing your knowledge of how the music industry really works.

    Our courses are very flexible and enable each student to carve the path they need to take. Therefore your songwriting skills will be developed through modules such as Instrument & Technique, and Collaborative Music, if songwriting is the focus you decided to take.

    Find more info on our website here: http://ow.ly/CjXJ302lmGn

    What makes our courses so unique is that it focuses on giving students real life experience to prepare them for entering the music industry. We have our own record label headed by the former manager of RCA Hollywood.

    You may also be teamed up with Music Business students who will manage you. You will also have access to our live venue to hold gigs whenever you want.

    Therefore, by the time you graduate with us,you will have become a music student with more experience outside of just writing music essays.

    If you have any more information, please don't hesitate to email me at [email protected]

    Speak soon!

    Taylor,

    (Head of Marketing)

    Our twitter: http://ow.ly/LRg6302lnso
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    (Original post by Echo Factory)
    Echo Factory is a music university situated in the heart of Leicester's Cultural Quarter. We offer degrees in BMus(Hons) Contemporary Music Performance (COURSE CODE: W315) and BA (Hons) Music Business (COURSE CODE: W375).
    No, Echo Factory is not a university - it is a business.
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    (Original post by Snufkin)
    No, Echo Factory is not a university - it is a business.
    Hi Snufkin,

    We are a higher education provider. Our courses are validated by University of Wolverhampton, therefore our courses are university level courses, however you study at our facilities.

    I hope this clears things up.

    All the best,

    Echo Factory
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    (Original post by Echo Factory)
    Hi Snufkin,

    We are a higher education provider. Our courses are validated by University of Wolverhampton, therefore our courses are university level courses, however you study at our facilities.

    I hope this clears things up.

    All the best,

    Echo Factory
    I didn't say otherwise. I only pointed out that you are not a music university (perhaps you should remove that claim from your post?) and that you are a business. Do you disagree?
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    It depends what you are looking to get into. If it is music teaching at schools/colleges/unis, then definitely. If you are looking to become a performing musician then personally I would spend the money on private instrument specific lessons and rent a nice little practice space.
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    I'm currently studying music (BA Hons)... I personally chose to do this (after studying to be an Accountant and working for a few years) because I decided that I needed some time to work on my own music without getting a full time job. If this is also you then studying Music at University would be worth it... You will get loan, free time and cheaper accommodation which will give you some time to develop.

    However if you are going because you are looking for work in music, perhaps don't bother. The prospects are pretty similar with/without degree unless you want to be a teacher in which case you will need a degree. While the course will probably be interesting, at 9k per year it is not worth doing unless you are SERIOUSLY passionate about music and willing to self-study and grind to try and make your own career in the industry.

    Alternatively there are college courses (for example access to music) that are much cheaper (or sometimes free if you're under a certain age) which would probably teach you more about music and offer you the same job prospects (pretty much). I regret not doing this to an extent.

    Ultimately, don't do a degree in anything you're not passionate about because you won't enjoy it!
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    [QUOTE=Shashasheesh;67784510

    Alternatively there are college courses (for example access to music) that are much cheaper (or sometimes free if you're under a certain age) which would probably teach you more about music and offer you the same job prospects (pretty much). I regret not doing this to an extent.

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    I would say that college courses aren't all that they are chalked up to be. Don't get me wrong, studying at ATM is great (in my second year of Level 3 Music Performance), but I'd rather have thought about music a couple of years before now and gone of to uni. I'm 19, going on 20, all my friends are at uni, stuck in a dead end town spending half of my wages on train fares a week. I'd say that going to uni introduces you to a whole lot more people, because the big music scenes out there in cities like London and Leeds mean all types go.

    Having said that, I don't go to uni, and the Access to Music college I go to is one of the smaller ones (Lincoln), so feel free to take a college course, but I would make sure you go to a big city. There's pretty much zero chance of me networking outside my college, so I plan on making a break for uni next year.
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    Music degrees are BMus? Always thought they were BA.
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    (Original post by Blackstar152)
    Hi Student Room
    I'm currently about to enter my final year of secondary school and will soon be applying to different uni courses.
    So far I have been considering music, in particular a BMus course and wanted to know from anyone if its a worthwhile consideration?
    I always hear how the career prospects on courses like this are poor and stuff like that.

    Sorry if this kind of question has already been addressed.
    Thanks.

    Hello! It’s great to hear you’ve been looking into Music courses! Maybe you could tell us a bit more about yourself and your musical background –for example, what instrument(s) do you play, what kind of music are you interested in, any performing experiences you’ve enjoyed in the past? It’ll help me to suggest particular courses and universities that may interest you.


    With regards to your thoughts on career prospects in music, I agree with you. We can’t pretend that a music degree will naturally progress to a successful career. However, I think there are so many steps that you can take as a person to make sure that you get the most out of a degree, whether that's in Music, Maths or ICT.

    At Trinity Laban, we don’t think music is only about spending time in a practice room 9-to-5 – we think that the entrepreneurial skills that you gain from being a musician is equally important to building your career, and that applies to any working sector and environment. Whether that’s building strong networks with fellow students and staff, or organising and managing a creative project, every university and every course will have so many opportunities to develop your professional skills. However, the onus is on you. If you’re enthusiastic and passionate about building a better career prospect, you can achieve more than just a certificate with a grade!

    Hopefully this gives you a better idea when looking into university options. Looking forward to hearing from you! :yy:

    Isaku
 
 
 
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