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Music at Oxford - Career Opportunities

Arts administration, performance and teaching are among the more accepted destinations for Music graduates; however, others include publishing, broadcasting, the civil services and politics. Students who are wishing to undertake further study in performance often win coveted places at conservatoires in the UK as well abroad.

Josephine, one of the Oxford graduates is presently working as an analyst for HSBC Private Bank. The degree in Music helped her to reinforce research skills, which are necessary to fundamental analysis, stage presence that translates into confident public speaking and written communication that is major to concise report writing. Andrew, another Oxford graduate is presently working as assistant director of Music at King Edward VI School in Stratford-upon-Avon.

After graduation, Andrew has been involved in education and professional music-making. Presently, he is working on educational research. The education at Oxford helped him to participate in student societies around the course. He was involved in administrative matters and academic issues, which helped him to gain responsibilities in the fields of school governance and education management in his career. Upon completing the course, students get into different fields. Students with a degree in Music have a wide career prospects.

Application Procedure

Candidates should follow the application procedure properly as mentioned in how to apply page of the university website. The following information provides specific details for students applying for Music course.

Written Work

Candidates must submit a marked sample of harmony and counterpoint and two marked essays on any aspects or areas of music or one of their other A-level or any equivalent subjects if the is more suitable. Candidates also submit a portfolio of compositions. It must be noted that it is not possible to return their copies. The faculty lays emphasis upon quality more than quantity. Therefore, the important thing is that students need to send three good but brief pieces of work. Essays should not be more than about 1500 words and no more than 2000. The work submitted must be assignments, which they have completed at college or school than material written specifically for their Oxford application. Students are advised to refer the university website for more information.

Written Tests

Candidates do not need to take any written test; however, they need to appear for the interview at Oxford. In the interview, students will be asked to show their performance of a prepared piece on their instrument or voice (percussionists, candidates and organists requiring an accompanist must inform the faculty in advance during the interview period).

Candidates who do not possessing keyboard fluency to ABRSM Grade V can be asked to take a standardized keyboard sight-reading test at the interview. Students need to indicate their level of keyboard proficiency on their UCAS application. Some of tutors may ask students to study a short piece of music or text about music in preparation for their interview, if so; this material shall be given to them during their stay at Oxford. Tutors look for students with genuine spirit of enquiry and keenness to think critically about music.


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