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  1. Arts and Social Sciences
  2. Music
  3. Graduate Destinations
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Graduate Destinations

As a result of the employability skills gained throughout their degree, City, University of London Music graduates have an outstanding record.

Our Music degree structure enables you to explore and prepare for a range of music-related careers, with optional modules in sound recording, music business, music education and more. Students can also choose to take the work placement module in the second year or the sandwich year option between years two and three.

City's central London location provides a wealth of employment, volunteering and networking opportunities. The University Careers Service offers information and advice on careers, runs workshops on topics such as writing CVs and interview skills and advertises employment and internship opportunities. The Music Department also holds an annual ‘Careers with a Music Degree’ evening in conjunction with the Careers Service, with speakers from a wide range of employment areas.

You will develop your writing, presentation and IT skills throughout the course, equipping you for a range of graduate-level careers in areas from performing and composing to sound design and recording.

City’s BMus degree provides professional skills that are transferrable to a wide range of professions beyond music, as many employers recognise. Some of our alumni have gone into careers in finance, marketing, management, media production (television, radio, theatre), digital industry and events organisation among other areas. Many pursue further study at postgraduate level.

City Music alumni work for a wide range of organisations including the BBC, Royal Opera House and Sony. Take a look our graduate destinations and occupations on the Music Department page.

Alumni from our Music courses at City, University of London work in professions including:

  • Performance
  • Composition
  • Education
  • Music management and administration
  • Music technology
  • The music industry

Preparing you for the job market

Music students at the University will develop interrelated skills that are valued in a range of careers. At the Department of Music you will develop skills to pursue virtually any career inside or outside the Music industry:

  • By studying performance, students develop the discipline of regular, focused practice and the ability to engage an audience.
  • Work in ensembles develops skills as a team player. In undertaking independent and group research, students demonstrate motivation, project planning skills, and the determination to achieve their goals.
  • Through coursework assignments students refine the ability to express their ideas, find original perspectives, and critically evaluate information and materials.

Employers respect the unique combination of practical and theoretical knowledge, social and 'soft' skills, and the intellectual rigour that marks out City, University of London Music graduates.

Alumni Destinations

  • Javier Alvarez, Composer
  • Sue Bickley, Opera Singer
  • Misty Brunton, Primary Teacher at Stoke Newington Primary School
  • William Byers, Head of Music at Camden School for Girls
  • Tony Castro, Musical Teatre Director and Musical Director
  • Laura Chiplin,V&A Museum, Head of Visitor Operations
  • Vicky Corley-Smith, VCS Management, Manages trumpeter Alison Balsom
  • Celeste Cronje-Richardson, ForeSound School of Music & Performing Arts, Freelance Performer
  • Fiona Emsden, Head of music at Jewish Free School
  • Richard Evans, House Engineer/Composer/Arranger at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios
  • Justine Fancy, PR Manager at MAMA & Company
  • Peter Fender, Conductor and Composer
  • Harriet Hale, Singer/songwriter, Director and Founder of Chocolate Box Music
  • Clare Hammond, Concert pianist
  • Rachel Hayward Steel, Pan soloist and Arranger
  • Jacob Harewood, Music Therapist
  • Maurice Horhut, Boogie-Woogie Pianist
  • Dmitros Karydis and Petros Moschos, Piano Duo Anthithesis
  • Dave O'Higgins, Jazz saxophonist
  • Bill (Belinda) Jones Folk, singer/musician; BBC Folk Musician of the Year
  • Gabrielle Messeder, Co-ordinator, Music Harvest, Ramallah,
  • M.J. Cole, DJ and record producer
  • Mark Lockett, Composer, performer
  • Michael Morris, Software Developer, Soundmagic audio plugins
  • Hannah Norbury, Production Assistant BBC Radio 3
  • Hilda Paredes, Composer
  • Nye Parry, Composer
  • Alex Poots, Culture Shed, CEO & Artistic Director
  • Ross Purves, De Montfort University, Lecturer in Education Studies
  • Sophie Ransby, Southbank Centre, Education Manager (Orchestras)
  • Helen Reid, Concert Pianist
  • Lloyd Russell, Chief Examiner for GCE Music Technology A Level.
  • Matthew Scott, National Theatre, Music Consultant
  • Meliz Serman, Head of Music at Davenant Foundation School
  • Luke Shrewsbury, BBC, Sound for CBBC
  • Martin Stig Anderson, BAFTA nominated videogame composer and winner at the Interactive Achievement Awards of the Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design
  • Rachel Swindells, Hallé Gamelan and Community Projects Officer
  • Jo Thomas Composer, winner of the Golden Nica at the Prix Ars Electronica
  • Paul Tkachenko, Multi-instrumentalist and tuba player
  • James Welburn, Senior International Operations Executive at the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

Alumni Occupations

  • Academy of St Martin in the Fields
  • Apple
  • Barbican Centre
  • BBC
  • Boosey and Hawkes music publishers
  • Brains and Hutch
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Courtauld Institute Gallery
  • Edition Peters
  • EMI Classics
  • Mazars (accountancy)
  • Milton Keynes Community NHS Trust
  • National Theatre
  • National Youth Music Theatre
  • Performing Rights Society
  • Philharmonia Orchestra
  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • Real World Music
  • Royal Opera House
  • Sony
  • South Bank Centre
  • The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music
  • Universal Music Group.

The value of a music degree and the wide range of employability skills that music students develop is widely recognised by employers, and this is evidenced by our outstanding employment statistics. Through their studies, music students develop a wide range of transferrable skills, including in the key areas of communication and interpersonal skills; organisation and discipline; teamwork; leadership and showing initiative; planning and time-management; problem-solving; self-awareness; creative thinking and taking responsibility.