What our former students say

A degree in music can lead to a variety of careers both in the musical world and beyond. Our undergraduate programme is strongly focussed on practical skills as well as academic study, and with personal dedication and hard work represents the perfect preparation for a successful career as a professional musician.

Our students go on to work in all fields of professional music, not only as performers, composers, and musicologists, but also in arts administration, journalism, community music, and teaching.

If you decide a career in music is not for you, the combination of individual focus and team work fostered by our unique 'Project' system, along with the creativity, dedication and logicality required whilst studying music, will prepare you for a wide variety of other professions.

Alumni case studies

Simon Roth

Simon Roth

Improvising drummer and composer Simon Roth writes about how his time studying at York set him up for a diverse career in composition, performance, and as founder of innovative contemporary arts group, Pop-Up Circus.

Kerry Andrew

Having completed a BA, MA and PhD in the department, Kerry Andrew maintains an eclectic career featuring composition, performance and community music projects.

Adrian Rhodes

After graduating from York with a BA in Music, Adrian Rhodes obtained a place at the National Film & Television School. He is now a sound designer for Goldcrest Films, having worked at De Lane Lea studios in Soho.