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Our guide to orchestration courses

Considering taking a Orchestration course to kick start your career? Training courses often differ massively in terms of course content, cost and time they take to complete, as well as the level of qualification they are worth. There will be training programmes that offer nothing other than a certificate of completion, while other Orchestration courses will work towards passing NVQ/SVQ and industry recognised qualifications. A limited number of training courses are free to enrol on, while some students will be entitled to get their Orchestration course funded or subsidised. For more information, our careers guide and course articles will show you the benefits completing a Orchestration course can have on your job prospects.

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Song writing and music composition

Ever wondered how you get a job penning the latest chart songs? Or maybe you can see yourself writing a musical for the West End? Learning all about song writing and music composition is a must and taking a course in it could be the beginning of a career full of number one more

Awarding organisations for orchestration courses

  • Trinity College of Music
  • Trinity College of Music (TCM) offers various music exams to valuate performance and technical skills. TCM has its own ‘Rock and Pop’ exams for musicians of the two genres to provide an indication of the standards of their performance. The Rock and Pop exams assess the playing of drums, guitar, and also vocals over nine levels from beginner through to advanced levels. Trinity College of Music offers certificates from foundation through to advanced levels.  It also offers diplomas at three levels, namely, associate, licentiate, and fellowship.

Related careers: Music Teacher

Music teachers may work in schools and colleges or as private or freelance teachers. Both types of work require both musical and teaching ability. Private teachers teach on a one-to-one or small group basis, usually either from home or in the pupil's home. Their work may range from teaching beginners to giving refresher lessons to top performers, and involves planning lessons to suit the individual needs of each pupil. They often help pupils prepare for music examinations, competitions and performances. Many musicians combine musical performance with some kind of...more

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