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.



Impact of the coronavirus on work placements, field trips and volunteering

We work with a range of organisations to provide work placements, field trips and volunteer opportunities. As you'll appreciate they are all disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

We expect opportunities to run as usual from the academic year 2021/22 but this cannot be guaranteed. We will do our best to arrange suitable activities as previous students always tell us how valuable these opportunities are.

Our Careers and Employment Service have arranged online work experience opportunities that you can do from home including internships, placements, insights and vacation schemes. 

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



Department of Music

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

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