Students applying for any of the Resonance undergraduate degrees who show great potential in terms of musical skills and personal attitude, but do not have the required formal entry qualifications, can add a Foundation Year to make it a four-year degree programme. The Foundation Year gives you the opportunity to explore popular contemporary music performance and production at university level in preparation for the undergraduate programme.
Developing your employability is more than just having a good degree. During our research phase, employers told us that what they look for when recruiting staff or freelance contractors is a combination of ‘hard’ skills (music and product specific skills, knowledge and understanding) and ‘soft’ skills.
Students will also be encouraged to participate in our Quals Plus option (at additional cost and subject to availability). This involves further study (mostly at Cable Plaza if numbers allow) to gain additional qualifications awarded by external organisations such as RSL (London), PLASA, the Musicians’ Union and others.
Throughout the year, Resonance will be promoting a range of charitable and commercial courses, aimed at non-students and held mainly at weekends.
YOUR CAREER STARTS HERE
The UK’s music industry is one of the most dynamic, innovative and fast-moving in the world. According to Music by Numbers 2019, from research by campaigning and lobbying group UK Music, in 2018 the industry:
- contributed £5.2 billion to the UK economy
- increased exports to £2.7 billion
- generated a £4.5 billion spend to the UK economy from music tourism – up 12% from the previous year
- saw a 10% surge in overseas visitors to UK festivals and shows
- sustained over 190,000 jobs – over 37,500 of them in the live music sector.
The creative industries overall account for almost 12% of all UK businesses, and is the fastest-growing sector of the economy, according to DCMS.
That’s without considering the wider contribution made by music retail, music education, manufacturing, community music, music therapy, journalism and an array of other music-related occupations.
Taking all these into account, it could be argued that the true value of music to the economy is much higher.
This is a thriving industry serving an insatiable global demand
Employment opportunities in music vary enormously from performers, producers, composers, managers, teachers, therapists and more. Those who can make money from music often have the skills to morph from one line of work to another.
For example, you may start as a session player, but along the way include some teaching and community work, producing and editing, developing and launching new music products and being an examiner.
Everybody’s journey is different depending on skills, interests, personal contacts and, let’s face it, some luck. But what everyone has in common is a passion for music, diversity, flexibility and a willingness to explore new opportunities.
The majority of people working in the music sector are freelancers and entrepreneurs managing complex portfolio careers. At Resonance, we provide an educational experience which reflects and supports this reality.
We will stretch your musical skills and introduce you to new challenges and opportunities. You’ll broaden your horizons and acquire those essential ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ skills needed for success in this dynamic, fast-moving world.
You’ll learn how to manage multiple tasks, work as a team, and build your inner resilience.
At times you will fail. That’s OK. As Albert Einstein once said, “Failure is success in progress.”
Your journey at Resonance
Treating you as an individual is central to our ethos.
Even before you audition, we will be talking to you about your career and how, together, we work to turn it into reality. You will complete a Personal Career Plan, setting out your ambitions, your ideas, your needs and your concerns. This will influence your Personalised Learning Plan which gives greater focus and purpose to your time at Resonance.
Throughout the year, you will be able to hear and interview guest speakers from the music, media and entertainment industries and other sectors. Their stories will be invaluable in helping you determine your future.