Careers in Music

Information for those considering career opportunties following a programme of studies within the Faculty of Music. Follow the links at the bottom of the page for specific information about opportunties in music education and music performance.

All programmes of study at Trinity Laban are vocational and allow you to develop the necessary skills and knowledge for a successful artistic career, including the ability to generate your own creative work and sustain a freelance, portfolio career.

A portfolio career differs from the more conventional linear career structure in that, instead of a traditional full-time job, it is usual for conservatoire graduates to have various primary and secondary occupations, often on a self-employed basis that, when combined, are the equivalent of a full-time position.

Careers opportunities following an undergraduate or postgraduate performance programme within the Music Faculty can include:

  • Solo and ensemble performance
  • Composition and arranging
  • Creative project work (improvisation, collaborations with dance, music technology)
  • Instrumental/vocal teaching/project leadership
  • Community project work
  • Collaborative projects with other media/art forms


Other career options related specifically to music include:

  • Arts administration and management
  • Copyright administration in composition and recordings
  • Librarianship
  • Management, representation and promotion
  • Music publishing
  • Music therapy
  • Production, retailing and distribution of music instruments
  • Production, distribution and retailing of sound recordings

For details of publications and websites with information about careers options in music and the arts, click here.

If you thinking more generally about opportunities with graduate employers, it is worth being aware that many graduate careers do not require specific degree subjects; in fact approximately 40% of all graduate vacancies are open to graduates of ANY discipline. Click here for information about finding jobs and internships with graduate employers.

Through your music studies you will have developed a broad range of skills that are necessary for future employment.  To help you identify the skills gained through your studies that you can take with you and apply in future employment - what can be described as 'employability skills' - click here.

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