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Music Courses at DCG

Careers in music are often very competitive. Enthusiasm and hard work may be just as important as a specific talent. Jobs might include sound technician, music teacher, music therapist, performer or roles in radio, TV, film and theatre.

Is this you?

  • Musical ability and talent
  • Enjoy being creative
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Willing to work long and irregular hours
  • Prepared to spend time practising and rehearsing
  • Confident, motivated and determined

Getting into the Music Industry

  • Full time at CollegeDerby College offers courses in both Music and Music Technology. To gain a place on a Music course, you would need to pass an audition.
  • Higher educationHaving a degree can be an advantage for some jobs in the industry. You can study subjects such as Popular Music and Music Technology at HND, foundation degree and honours degree level. If you are a talented musician, you could consider studying at a conservatoire, for which you will normally need to be at grade 8 level at least.
  • Jobs You might be able to go straight into a music-related job but be aware that competition is fierce. However, you might be able to work your way up within the industry through talent, enthusiasm and determination.

Why choose Derby College?

  • You can specialise in either music performance and composition or music technology, harnessing the latest equipment in our high-specification studios at the Joseph Wright Campus.
  • We’ll help you improve your skills in everything from acoustics to sequencing – and keep you up to date with the rapid changes in digital technology which are revolutionising the music industry.
  • You’ll gain important insights into aspects of the business like concert production, marketing, promotion and the freelance world. We even have our own record label managed entirely by Students.
  • Our teaching team has wide-ranging experience of the industry and we regularly bring in guest lecturers and musical groups for workshops.
  • You can get involved in exciting live events – as performers or behind the scenes – at the College and venues further afield.
  • Large-scale practical projects are a vital element of our Extended Diplomas. You will have the chance to record, compose, mix, master, produce and perform material of your own choosing.
  • Being part of Derby College will introduce you to a new network of contacts and a wider musical community.
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chairman of the creative industries

board at the college in my in my working

life I’m actually the director of

Melbourne Arts Festival and I’m also

director of the 52 weeks vessel which is

going to be a very big exciting festival

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way through Derbyshire I’ve also got

various voluntary roles but as you can

see like many artists I have got sort of

multiple roles lots of things going on

in my life and that’s what’s really

exciting about becoming an artist oh one

of the things about Derby college that I

absolutely love is the fact that you’re

given all these skills and the

confidence to be able to get involved

with all sorts of things being an artist

isn’t just about being able to paint or

being able to draw it’s about being able

to get involved with lots of things and

developing your creativity I hope to see

you at the college sometime soon and

enjoy enjoy your time I

Music – Course Listings

Course Type: Adult and Community
Location: Joseph Wright Centre
Start Date: 02/11/2022

Course Type: School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Course Type: School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Course Type: School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Course Type: School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Key Information

At Derby College we believe the best tutors are usually those who have real world experience of working in the field they’re teaching. So, in most cases, you’ll be taught by someone who has worked in the industry that you wish to enter. As well as being able to share their knowledge and experiences with you, they have crucial industry connections, which is a huge benefit when it comes to helping you to secure a work placement in your chosen field.

As part of your studies at Derby College we offer a full range of assistance to ensure you have a great learning experience.

Discover our campuses and facilities here. Each campus page contains:

  • 360-degree images of our facilities
  • A location map
  • A list of courses that are run at the campus
  • Student Success Stories
To find out more about our Music courses, attend our next course and career event or contact us on 0800 028 0289
Press the Apply Now button, that can be found at the top and bottom of every course information page and follow the instructions for the InTouch applications portal. If you are unable to apply online, contact Student Services who will help you complete your application form and will be able to help and guide you to make a decision on the course of study to meet your needs and ambitions.

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Music – Success Stories

Tom Spray

School Leaver Vocational

Former DCG student and drummer of Marseille, Tom Spray.

Michael Moore

School Leaver Vocational

Michael Moore holding drumsticks.

Harriet McDonnell

School Leaver Vocational

Harriet McDonnell

Jacob Holmes

School Leaver Vocational

Jacob Holmes

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