Many music production graduates will want to use their degree subject in their work. However, due to the very limited number of openings, jobs in the creative industries can be difficult to obtain without determination and persistence. You need to get lots of (probably unpaid) work experience and to promote yourself. You have to be very single-minded. Major recording companies include EMI, Universal, Sony BMG and Sanctuary. See our page on the Creative Career Search for help on how to break into the industry. A creative CV would also help here. Twitter is invaluable for students to make links with record labels and music industry professionals.

Skills developed studying music production

Music production graduates develop a wide range of key skills through both the practical and academic content of their degree. These include:

Music and music technology links

Playing calming music can help motivate students and improve concentration and study skills. Research at the London Institute of Education found that children doing memory tests whilst listening to classical music performed better than children performing the tests in silence or listening to jazz.

They also found that playing calming music such as Bach and Pachelbel's Cannon to disturbed children helped them achieve higher scores in maths tests.

Also see The Musical Brain


Professional Bodies

Information Sources

Opera is where a guy gets stabbed in the back, and instead of dying, he sings.

Robert Burns

I used to think anyone doing anything weird was weird. Now I know that it is the people that call others weird that are weird.

Paul McCartney


Music Technology

A study by researchers at McGill University found that dopamine (a neurotransmitter in the brain responsible for good moods) is released when you listen to music you enjoy. Even when you have listened to it many times, it can still arouse feelings of euphoria and craving.


Multimedia companies which incorporate music technology into their product range include:

Related courses

Also see:

Specialist careers information

You may find it useful to consult the specialist careers and industry publications in the University of Kent Careers and Employability Service. These include:

  • He has Van Gogh's ear for music - Billy Wilder
  • Wagner's music is better than it sounds.



Last fully updated 2017