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Hi I am currently doing my Gcse courses. Music is what I want to pursuit in my future but Music wasn't a option for Gcse at my school. I go to piano lessons and i am starting singing lessons as well. I am im a bubble because I don't know the industry very well and what is expected. If anyone here could tell me information about music that would be great.
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from what I know, your ABRSM/ graded exams will be fine. Music theory is also a good thing to start, as at some unis you'll need that.
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My daughter is thinking about doing a music degree. For the majority you need an A/B in A level music, or grade 7+ practical and grade 5 theory. But you could probably get into a lower ranked uni with lower grades.
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(Original post by Nikola 123)
Hi I am currently doing my Gcse courses. Music is what I want to pursuit in my future but Music wasn't a option for Gcse at my school. I go to piano lessons and i am starting singing lessons as well. I am im a bubble because I don't know the industry very well and what is expected. If anyone here could tell me information about music that would be great.
Hi @Nikola 123,

Unfortunately, you're not alone in your school not providing Music as an option for GCSE study, but this doesn't mean you can't pursue music in the future!

As a private institution created by musicians for musicians, for example, Echo Factory specialises in providing music industry-focused degrees in BMus(Hons) Contemporary Music Performance (UCAS CODE: W315) and BA (Hons) Music Business (UCAS CODE: W375).

Whilst you don't necessarily have to have formally studied music, we do expect our applicants to demonstrate their expertise and interest when applying to study with us - both through their UCAS application, personal statement and (for performance applicants) via our audition process (Grade 6 or equivalent).

To tell you a bit more about us:
We pride ourselves on keeping our classes sizes deliberately small so that we can empower each student to develop their unique talents and passion for music in whatever direction they choose. Because every one of our academic staff are active music industry professionals, we also make sure to provide our students with dedicated weekly 1-to-1 sessions and collaborative training to develop their technical musicianship, expand their creativity, and progress their professional skillset across multiple genres.

We believe that the entrepreneurial skills that you gain from being a musician are equally important to building a successful, sustainable career though, so we don't just look at music in isolation. Alongside rigorously developing you as a well-rounded professional musician, we are also committed to building your commercial awareness, practical skills, and entrepreneurial mindset so that you are fully equipped, connected and ready to launch your career in music during your degree - whether that's performing on-stage or working in any one of the many jobs behind the scenes!

If you have any questions about studying at Echo Factory or about getting into the music industry, please feel free to get in touch with our team for unbiased, practical support. You can reach us either by calling 0116 253 5657 or by emailing us at: [email protected]

All the best,
Ashley
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If you want to do music at university make sure you're a grade 8 in the instrument you want to study by the time you apply.
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I’d say music A level is the most important thing. Can you move to a college/different school for sixth form that offers it?
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If you want to do music at university make sure you're a grade 8 in the instrument you want to study by the time you apply.
Whilst studying Music at A Level will give students a solid grounding in how to write and think about music at an advanced level (particularly with regards to Music theory); it's a common misconception that to study at degree-level, music applicants must have reached Grades 7+. We can't speak for other institutions of course, but it's much more common (in our experience) for students to join at Grade 5/6 in their primary discipline and - through our intensive programme of study - progress to higher grades and develop themselves as well-rounded musicians over the course of their degree.

We also take a unique genre-based approach to our teaching to help our students develop their abilities. This allows them to not only understand the history, influences and wider context of how each genre has developed, but be able to play with authenticity, musical maturity, and flair so that they have the confidence and skills to develop their own unique sound and stand out from the crowd!
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I know some people who have got into Guildhall without A-Level Music, as long as you have a grade 8 and do well in the audition you might be able to get in.
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Hi I am currently doing my Gcse courses. Music is what I want to pursuit in my future but Music wasn't a option for Gcse at my school. I go to piano lessons and i am starting singing lessons as well. I am im a bubble because I don't know the industry very well and what is expected. If anyone here could tell me information about music that would be great.
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