Department of Music

With 93% of our students in work or further study within six months of graduating from the Music department*, preparing you for your future career is a fundamental part of a Music degree at Sussex.

How can we help you fast track your career?

At Sussex, we prepare you for your future career, by helping you:

  • develop key skills in time management, performance and practice, teamwork and communication 
  • learn how to use industry-standard software and equipment, including how to use music and video editing software  
  • forge links with potential employers through our connections with creative industries in Brighton and London. This gives you the chance to go on work placements and boost your employment prospects. 

Career destinations of our Music graduates*

A degree in Music from Sussex prepares you for a range of careers. Our graduates have gone into radio, publishing, teaching, writing music for computer games, and arts administration.

Career destinations include:

• Royal National Theatre 
• MTV UK 
• BBC 
• London Film Commission 
• RCA record company 
• Orchestra of St John’s, Smith Square 
• National Association of Youth Orchestras 
• Handel House Museum 
• Mercury 
• Time Out magazine.

Lauren's career perspective

Graduate Career profile

'As Regional Concerts and Projects Assistant with the Philharmonia Orchestra, one day is never the same as the next. Our department alone programmes over 70 concerts a year and all of them require a lot of preparation. On top of standard venue concerts, I am also involved with summer festivals and have recorded the music for a number of Marvel Studios films including Thor: The Dark World (dir. Alan Taylor, USA, 2013). Studying at Sussex enabled me to think creatively. Due to the class sizes and the close contact with tutors, I felt thoroughly supported throughout my studies and really enjoyed the amount of free reign we were given with our projects.'

Lauren Sadler
Regional Concerts and Projects Assistant, Philharmonia Orchestra
 
Music with Italian BA

Anouska's career perspective

Graduate Career profile

'I work as a freelance Music Therapist in special education. I provide individual and group sessions for children and young people with learning disabilities and sensory and emotional needs. I deeply value my time at Sussex which offered me the chance to explore my own music, grow creatively and share in music-making with like-minded musicians. I spent my third year of my BA studies in Granada, where I immersed myself in the very different life of a Spanish musicology student. The Music Department at Sussex is a place where I felt welcomed, valued and inspired to learn.'

Anouska Henderson
Music Therapist
 
Music with Spanish BA

Richard's career perspective

Alumni profile photo

'My three years at Sussex were over far too quickly and I'll always be thankful for the knowledge, fun and friends that I made there. Parts of my course required me to learn how to use music and video editing software. I'd never used these before but the lecturers were kind and patient. Before I knew it, I was composing pieces for film scores and orchestrating Chopin Nocturnes. These skills, combined with an in-depth look into the history of Music, allowed me to pursue a career in an industry I always thought was impossible to get into: television. I am now a TV producer working for a Brighton-based Freeview television channel. I have the ability to edit all of my own footage and write the music for my programmes too. I feel that I have a multifaceted set of skills giving me a real advantage in this competitive industry. Without the encouragement, teachings and belief the Sussex Music Department gave me, I don't believe I would be where I am today.'

Richard Shayler
TV Producer

Music BA

*Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016