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
We offer second-year undergraduate music students the opportunity to 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.
Being part of the Lakeside team has been great fun and really rewarding. In addition to learning about ensemble administration and concert logistics, this role has given me the opportunity to meet and work with some great people and has encouraged me to look into a possible future career in arts administration.
Suzy Johnson, year 3 Music student
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
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.