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“If you've got musical talent and you enjoy performing in front of an audience, being a musician might be ideal for you.”

As a musician, you would earn money from playing music of any style from rock, pop or indie to jazz or folk or electronic genres. You could perform as part of a band, as a solo artist, or as a session or backing musician.

As a musician you would need to be creative. You would need the confidence to create an individual style. You would also need motivation and determination.

You will need a good level of musical ability as a singer or on your chosen instrument. Many musicians take music lessons, in colleges or through private music teachers.

Business and marketing knowledge will be required to get yourself noticed and to move projects forward.

Skills you'll learn at South Devon College

  • practising and rehearsing
  • playing in front of an audience
  • composing songs and music to perform (or learning 'covers' of other artists' music)
  • taking part in recording sessions (as an individual performer, with your own band or by providing backing or vocals at recording sessions)
  • promoting your act in various ways, such as contacting agents and record companies, setting up a website and making 'demos'
  • arranging performances

Your future

  • over 80% of culture, media and sports occupations will require qualifications at level 3 or above by 2020
  • arts and entertainment jobs are expected to expand by 37% across the South West by 2020
  • 199,000 new jobs will be created nationally by 2020 in the arts and entertainment sector - a 23% increase on 2010 job totals. 1,055,000 in total
  • 99% of Performing Arts and Music students moved forward into a positive destination, including employment, apprenticeships and further study
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