Working in the music industry is something that would rank pretty high up on many people’s list of ideal jobs. For many years your career options would have been fairly limited, but in the last decade the industry has changed beyond all recognition.
The key factor in this has been the development of music technology and the power it puts at people’s fingertips to create, produce and market their own work and ideas and to produce work for clients. It’s no longer a choice of engineer or A&R scout, there are now a wide range of careers in and around the music industry, and more call than ever before for original music and people to make it.
Conventional degree courses often focus on the academic side of music, yet this is not nearly as useful to those wanting to find work in the industry as practical, hands-on experience.
Nescot’s Music Production HND is taught by recent and current practitioners in the field who are experienced not only in the use of the latest technology but also in the self-promotion, entrepreneurship and business skills that the self-employed music producer needs.
You are taught the skills to work both as an individual and within a team, as flexibility is key to a successful career.
As well as being less expensive than a conventional degree course, students of the HND find that it offers much more practical help and training. The music professionals who teach on the course all work actively in the industry and are able to bring their invaluable experience to proceedings, as well as being clued up on how this fast-moving industry is evolving and where the many career opportunities lie.
Music is a catch-all term but jobs in the industry are many and varied. The course teaches skills from recording and production, post production and engineering through to artist and label management and music publishing – a vital source of income for musicians and composers.
The most successful graduates tend to be the ones who are able to turn their hand to more than one area of the business, be it composing for TV or devising a marketing strategy for an artist.
Music is one of those industries where employers or clients rarely ask to see certificates, and are far more interested in your last couple of projects and familiarity with the latest technologies and techniques. The ability to network and promote yourself will also definitely stand you in good stead. All of these skills are taught on the course, and it’s perhaps not surprising to learn that Nescot’s rich musical heritage includes early performances by Queen and Genesis. Nowadays computers play a bigger role than guitars and spandex.
As well as being an excellent route into this complex and fast-moving industry for newcomers, the course is equally useful for those already working in the industry and who want to branch out, go freelance or perhaps just improve their technical skills. Specialising is good but it never hurts to have a few more strings to your bow. The skills you learn will help you choose your path in the music industry, whatever it may be.
By Hollin Jones
Freelance Music Journalist
Our enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff are industry qualified as experienced Composers, DJ’s, Producers, Filmmakers and Theatre, Television, and stadium professionals and they like to keep up to date by staying involved in our relevant industries. Our music lecturers are working recording artists and producers. This means that we can bring real and relevant industry insights to our teaching.
The department has a fully equipped Music Studio suite, industry standard software and equipment.