Department of Music

Music work experience

At Nottingham we:

  • are committed to helping you develop professional and personal skills that give you a distinct career advantage
  • offer a variety of opportunities to gain experience and enhance your CV
  • are one of very few UK music departments to offer a credit-bearing Work Placement module as part of the curriculum
  • have a dedicated Arts Careers and Employability Service that provides an extensive programme of events and tailored assistance.

Sofia Nazar-Chadwick talks through the range of events hosted at Lakeside Arts Centre, University Park Campus, where music student traineeships are available.


Undergraduate work placement module


Second-year undergraduate music students can gain experience in a workplace relevant to their studies. This module is an integral, credit-bearing part of your degree.

We offer more than 20 placements at music-related organisations in Nottingham and the East Midlands, including:

Lakeside Arts Centre traineeships


We offer four paid part-time traineeships. Trainees help in the management of the University Philharmonia and University Choir.

Trainees develop invaluable skills and knowledge in orchestral and choir management, concert management, music librarianship, and marketing, working alongside professional arts practitioners and administrators. 

Chloe McAleece smiling and sitting in a boat on Highfields Lake

Chloe McAleece, Music and Music Technology BA

The role taught me that this is a career path that I would love to pursue as it allows me to stay involved in the world of music without performing. The traineeship also highlighted that I have skills in organisation that ended up being very useful for this type of role.

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Student music library assistants


Based in the Denis Arnold Music Library student assistants staff the Music Library in the evenings and at weekends. Training is given by professional librarians at the start of every year.

Working as a Library Assistant is interesting and fulfilling, enabling you to gain work experience without detracting from your study schedule. The role develops communication and teamwork skills as well as requiring responsibility – qualities that every employer wants. You also get to meet students and staff from different departments, which will help your networking.

Wendy Wong, PhD Music Student


I found being introduced to the computer system they use for scanning in and locating books useful as this is a very transferable skill for any job that may deal with music librarianship or copyright in the future. As I am interested in pursuing a career in arts admin, this is likely to come in handy! 

Chloe, Music and Music Technology BA student


Please be aware that study abroad, compulsory year abroad, optional placements/internships and integrated year in industry opportunities may change at any time for a number of reasons, including curriculum developments, changes to arrangements with partner universities or placement/industry hosts, travel restrictions or other circumstances outside of the university's control. Every effort will be made to update this information as quickly as possible should a change occur.


Department of Music

The University of Nottingham
Lakeside Arts Centre
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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