Careers

What will a Keele degree in Music or Music Technology mean for your future?

Music

Your Music degree from Keele will prepare you for a wide range of rewarding career paths. Many music graduates apply their transferable creative and intellectual skills to careers including media production, finance and banking, the law, publishing, broadcasting, marketing and consultancy.

Keele Music graduates often continue their studies at PGCE, Masters and PhD level. You could also go on to work as a performer, composer, teacher (at all levels of education), music therapist, community musician, private tutor or sound technician, or in arts administration, orchestras, bands, a recording company, publishing, game design, film, radio and television.

Music Technology

A combination of individual and group projects prepares you for the collaborative environments of contemporary music, sound, software and media production. You’ll also have the skills you need to pursue a wide range of careers involving creative technologies, and to undertake further training in a range of related professions. These include broadcasting, recording, production, sound design, soundtrack creation, software design, song writing and performance, as well as original audio and audiovisual composition, studio work, and teaching.

You might choose to work as a freelance sound designer for games and video, a sound technician, a community musician or a radio broadcast assistant. Graduates in music technology also develop careers as broadcast engineers, theatre stage managers, radio producers and multimedia specialists.

Our graduates

Music and Music Technology at Keele are proud of all of our graduates. Our students go on to develop diverse and exciting careers in the music industry, education, academia - and far beyond. They'll tell you how their studies in Music and Music Technology at Keele prepared them for their career paths, and what they thought about the university, their degrees, and their lecturers. To find out more, below are some testimonials from some of our recent graduates.

Graduate case study tab Jacob Cook is a second year Music Technology student and singer/songwriter and guitarist who loves to cover songs in an acoustic fashion. Artists like Ben Howard, Bon iver and Henry Jamison inspire Jacob to write his own original music. Jacob is also interested in more experimental pieces and has recently worked on a few pieces for upcoming independent video games.

Radio play

After attending an interesting and energetic lesson on musical semiotics lecture by visiting speaker, Dr Mike Brocken, as part of the Record Production module, I was intrigued to discover his show on BBC Merseyside called 'folkscene'. Since my primary genre is indiefolk and Mike’s discussion of artists that had inspired my music, I decided to show him some of my tracks. I was surprised when he got back to me a few days later saying he would like to feature me on his show. It was an amazing feeling to hear my song being played on the radio for the first time, and it was being played for an audience that appreciates folk which was even better!

Graduate case study tab Third year Music student, Emily Parfitt was successful in her application and interview for one of the highly competitive TeachFirst Programme places to start this year in September 2020. The TeachFirst programme allows you earn the Postgraduate Diploma in Education and Leadership (PGDE) (which is worth double the credits of the PGCE) as well as getting the Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), whilst earning a competitive salary and not just observing lessons but teaching them (80% school based in first year, and 100% in second year). For applicants in Music, there is usually only around 8-10 places available per academic year, all based in London.

Emily states, “the application process from my experience is long and challenging but very worthwhile, with many steps and application forms and trips to London. I recently was offered my place and confirmed my offer! They provide relocation services to help you with the big move down to London, with my summer institute starting in June to prepare me for teaching in September 2020. As long as I get my 2:1, and all my references are confirmed, I’ll move down soon after Uni!”

The programme offers a unique experience since throughout the programme the new teacher is supported, trained and assessed by a Teach First expert, a mentor at the school and a university tutor. As well as earning, in the summer holidays you can choose from many work placements which improve leadership skills such as ‘Accenture, The Bright Ideas Challenge and The Lord Mayor’s Appeal. This programme aims to fight inequality within the education system, and those within the programme are often placed in low income areas to improve results. ‘Our challenge is to build an education system in which all young people thrive, regardless of the background’.

You can find out more about the Teach First programme here: https://www.teachfirst.org.uk/training-programme

Graduate case study tab Nicolas Maraziotis was born in Patras in 1988. In 2012 he received his BA (Dual Hons) degree in Music and Music Technology at Keele University. During 2012/13, Nicolas was a member of the Opera Studio of the Municipal & Regional Theatre of Patras where he appeared for the first time on stage in the role of Pamikos in Th. Sakellaridis’ Satanerie, staged at the Roman Odeon of Patras.

In 2016, Nicolas graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and completes his Masters of Music degree in Vocal Performance under the tutelage of Amand Hekkers.

You can visit his website here: https://nicolasmaraziotis.com