Thursday 20th May 2021, 5:00pm - 7:30pm



"Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable"

- Leonard Bernstein

Turn your passion for music into a career

Study Music Performance

The most important thing you need to be successful in music is passion.

You need to live and breathe music and understand the power it can have. Music can say things that words can't, and musicians need to have a wide range of skills to make sure they get it right.

From developing your technical skills with your instrument or vocals, to learning how to compose and arrange music, you will be encouraged to find your own voice and your own style, identifying career opportunities along the way.

There are plenty of career options available in the music industry other than the obvious performer that you might not have thought about, such as:

  • Music Therapist
  • Music Producer
  • Sound Technician
  • Session Musician
  • Lyricist
  • Composer

Please note: Due to COVID:19 restrictions, there may be restrictions on the event and performance opportunities available for students studying music in 2021/22.

What are the next steps?

Once you've got your Level 3 qualification, the world is your musical oyster. You could:

  • Head to university or a dedicated music school to further your knowledge in your instrument, or in music technology for example
  • Start your own business teaching your instrument
  • Join the industry in an entry level role through the contacts you've made during your work experience

My experience studying Music Performance at MK College

Meet Daniel, Level 3 Music Performance

“My experience with the course has been great. It has given me both challenges and opportunities, and I’ve met a lot of like-minded people who have since become close friends.

Within two months of being on the course, we had the chance to perform live at the college, We had six weeks to prepare to perform three songs of our choosing. It was a great experience and it taught me a lot about music performance.”

Meet the tutor

Rob Aldridge

"I’ve been gigging since I was about 13, I was in a few different bands throughout school, college and university, and have supported artists such as Kate Nash and Catfish and the Bottlemen. I used to teach guitar lessons whilst at university, and I set up a music provision for local schools in my hometown. One of my favourite career moves was getting to score films.”

“When you work in music, you don’t feel like you’re working at all”

I love creating an environment where students can be creative and express themselves freely. I also like creating a realistic link between college and the industry, showing the different career opportunities available. It’s not all about being a frontman or a lead singer, there are so many transferable skills studying music can offer you.

I'm excited about this year as we're doing lots of live performances throughout the year at a variety of venues. We’re going to write, record, produce and release a single, put on live recording sessions, and lots more."


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Intermediate or Advanced?

You may have seen our courses split up into Intermediate and Advanced. Here's the lowdown on what they mean...


This level of study is equivalent to Level 1 & 2.

This will offer you a dedicated support system to prepare you for progression. You will develop your knowledge, skills and confidence in your chosen specialism, encouraged by your tutors and peers. Your experiences will enable you to decide what you want to do next, whether it’s an apprenticeship or an Advanced (Level 3) study programme at College, you will discover the wide range of options open to you.


This level of study is equivalent to Level 3.

Put your passion for your chosen subject into action with a variety of work experience opportunities. You’ll put your skills and knowledge to the test by taking on work experience in your chosen industry, getting an insight into what life in that career will be like. You’ll develop your learning at College, taking full advantage of our industry-standard facilities. Professionalism is a must for advanced programmes, as you will be making contacts and opening doors for yourself which could lead to something extraordinary.


This level of study is equivalent to Level 4, 5 & 6, and is only for people who have already completed an Advanced (Level 3) qualification (BTEC or A Level or equivalent).

Take your career to the next step with undergraduate qualifications, from HNCs to BA Degrees. Focus on your specialism, developing advanced technical, practical and research skills to prepare you for a fulfilling and successful career. With expert lecturers, small class sizes and access to facilities mirroring industry, get ready to become an expert in your chosen field.