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Music

Learn the technical skills needed to thrive in a career in music production or music performance.

Study music and prepare for a career in this exciting, creative industry.

Our music programmes can develop your performance and production skills, with opportunities to develop skills in music technology.

You will be offered the opportunity to study a diverse range of music and music technology topics, including: performance, DJ technology, the music industry, computer-based music and media software skills and recording.

Music students benefit from recording studios and performance spaces, with opportunities to gain performance experiences across the year. These programmes will hone your skills in teamwork, communication and creativity, as well as your technical ability. 

The creative industries sector is growing, with nearly 2 million people in the UK currently working in it. Around a third of them are freelancers or self-employed. In the last two years, the industry has grown by an extra 90,000 jobs.

Subjects available

Choose a creative arts pathway and develop your creativity through our multi-disciplinary approach:

  • Music – Enjoy a programme that includes music technology and production, music composition and performance, acting and dance.

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Qualifications

We offer a range of qualifications, from Level 1 diploma (equivalent to GCSEs grades D-F or 3-1) to university level. 

Facilities

You will learn in specialist workshops and facilities, with access to recording studios and performance spaces.

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Student success

Last summer saw the launch of Festival60, a free festival hosted by art and design students at Reading College. The festival showcased students’ work in visual arts disciplines, music, dance and fashion. Further opportunities to celebrate work are available at the end of the year shows for furniture, photography, fashion and art and design.

Industry partnerships

We work closely with organisations to provide industry standard teaching, learning and progression opportunities for our students, including: Arts at the Old Fire Station, Reading Rep, CultureMix, William Hands, The Furniture Makers, Benchmark and Ercol.

You will have the opportunity to develop your employability skills by taking part in exhibitions, festivals and events, organising community workshops and pop-up shops. You will also gain new skills by taking part in competitions, attending masterclasses and career talks, and responding to live briefs set by employers.