Musicians write, arrange, orchestrate, conduct and perform musical compositions.


Conceives and writes original music

Tunes instrument and studies and rehearses score

Plays instrument as a soloist or as a member of a group or orchestra

Scores music for different combinations of voices and instruments to produce desired effect

Auditions and selects performers and rehearses and conducts them in the performance of the composition.

Educational Requirements

There are no formal academic entry requirements although many possess a degree and/or diploma. Entry to a degree or graduate diploma course requires A levels/H grades. Entrants to the performers’ diploma course generally possess GCSEs/S grades and Associated Board Graded Examination passes in their chosen instrument(s) and will be required to audition. Apprenticeships at NVQ Levels 2 and 3 are available in some areas.