Music future careers


Goldsmiths’ Department of Music is hugely varied, and former students have equally diverse lives – from classical musicians and Mercury Prize-winning pop stars, to lawyers, academics and administrators.

What skills will I gain from a Music degree?

You'll develop a wide range of key skills through both the practical and academic content of their degree, including:

  • communication (including public speaking, developing and presenting an argument, note taking, report writing)
  • analytical thinking
  • awareness of social, political and cultural processes
  • awareness of social and cultural difference
  • ability to take creative approaches
  • attention to detail
  • team work and collaborative practice
  • the ability to undertake detailed research

Graduates also develop specific musical skills including:

  • performance
  • composition
  • use of music technology
  • knowledge of a range of historical, contemporary, popular and world styles of music, and the debates and practices surrounding them
  • critical listening and score analysis

Where do music students work?

The choice of areas of work for Music graduates is vast – performing (in orchestras, bands, and as session musicians), composing (for ensembles, film, TV, radio or as songwriters), producing, engineering and teaching. Many also go on to work in supporting roles in arts administration, event organisation, music marketing, management and PR; and with further qualifications can go into music therapy, music law and music librarianship and archiving.

Our students enter the music industry or any field requiring imagination and communication including teaching, sales, management, journalism, publishing, public relations and work in the IT sector.

Music graduate stories:

Katy B

Photo of Katy B
Dubstep, R&B, funky, house and UK garage singer Katy released her first single with the label Rinse in 2010, the same year she completed her Popular Music degree at Goldsmiths. 

Dubstep, R&B, funky, house and UK garage singer Katy released her first single with the label Rinse in 2010, the same year she completed her degree at Goldsmiths. 

The Peckham born singer has always taken influence from her South-East London roots, and in particular its strong rave and pirate radio scenes, which she was able to remain close to as she studied in New Cross

After finishing her studies, she was nominated for the 2011 Mercury Prize for her debut album 'On A Mission' and has continually won critical and commercial acclaim throughout her career. Her 2014 follow up 'Little Red' went to number one on the week of its release and was reviewed by Clash magazine as "the album that should rightly see Katy B cement her ascent to the stratosphere, joining the rest of dance music's glitterati."

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