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Music

Thanks for visiting our Music page. Here you'll find all the information you need to know about the music courses we offer.

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Weston College has a long and successful history of delivering music courses that develop our students' skills and talents.

If you choose to study music with us, you'll be able to explore your creativity with the help of lecturers with current and relevant industry experience. Whether you're into music production or performance, at Weston College you'll be given plenty of opportunities to practice your skills and learn hands-on in one of our three recording studios. Because of our lecturers' insider knowledge, you may also get the chance to perform at venues across the North Somerset and Bristol area.

You don't need to be a professional musician. With us you can study from Level 1 right up to degree-level, which means that we can work with you to pick a music course that reflects your interests and abilities. If you choose to study at degree-level at University Centre Weston we can even prioritise your application.

The music business is booming, especially in the South West. Bristol and Bath have been identified as two of the top ten hotspots for the creative industry in the United Kingdom, and the average yearly salary for the music industry is £35,000. Of course, the more specialist your skills or abilities are as a performer or a producer the more you can expect to earn. 

Becoming the next superstar performer or producer isn't easy, but it's possible with the right level of knowledge and ability. Even if the limelight isn't for you, there are hundreds of other roles in the music industry that you can access with the right music qualification. At Weston College our lecturers will support you as you progress and unlock your potential.

Why choose us?

  • Course content. At Weston College you'll receive a good balance of practical and theory-based sessions. Our courses have been created to give you the skills, knowledge and the best chance to succeed in the music industry.
  • Reputation. We’re one of the top colleges in the country, which means you can expect outstanding teaching and support to help you succeed. Many of our music lecturers have come from the music industry and will be able to give you in-depth advice and guidance about your future career.
  • Success rates. A lot of our music students go on to have successful music careers and work with some big names in the industry.
  • Our facilities. As a Weston College music student you'll be studying at our Loxton Campus, with access to instruments, performance and rehearsal spaces, plus three professionally-equipped studios. You can find out more about the College’s state-of-the-art facilities here.
  • Our links within the local music scene. We work with many local venues, artists and events to give you the opportunity to experience working within the industry.

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Career opportunities

Typical jobs

Composer, arranger, lyricist, performer, recording artist, sessions musician, songwriter, conductor, DJ, music publisher, manager, producer, technical and backstage staff, sound engineer, front of house engineer, mix engineer, sound designer, music education officer, music teacher.  

What you can earn

Some suggested annual salary ranges for those working in the industry include:

  • Orchestra musician £22,000-£28,000+
  • Music teacher £21,588-£31,552
  • Music promotions manager £16,000-£20,000
  • Music therapist £25,050-£34,200
  • Radio broadcast assistant £13,000-£25,000  

Local notes

Bristol has produced more musicians relative to population size than any other city, making it the most musical city – according to the Performing Rights Society (PRS for Music) following a survey in 2010.  

Facts

  • UK consumers buy more music per capita than anywhere else in the world
  • The UK’s music sector is dynamic, innovative and fast-moving, and the range of job roles available follows suit
  • The UK is the second largest source of repertoire in the world and represents the third largest music market

Data from Direct.gov.uk, UK Commission for Employment and Skills, Musicians Union and Creative & Cultural Skills, Performing Rights Society

It's easy to apply...

You can apply online for any of our music courses in a matter of minutes by selecting the course you’re interested in from the drop-down menu at the top of this page and clicking ‘apply now’. Alternatively, you can find an application form at the back of our prospectus.

There has never been a better time to apply for one of our music courses - and if you apply now you can secure your place on the course you are interested in. Submitting an application isn’t a binding decision and if you change your mind, you can always withdraw your application at a later date.

 

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