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Musician in the UK

Published: 13.04.2015, Updated: 05.03.2017
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Are you thinking of becoming a musician when you are finished at school? Would you consider working abroad in an English-speaking country after your training is completed? If so, the interview below will give you an idea of what it is like to work as a musician in England.

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Before listening, use the dictionary to check that you know the meaning of the following words: music production agency; TV commercial; lack of ego; advertising company; briefs

Listen to the following interview with a musician in the UK and find out:

  • Where he works. (type of company - large/small or self employed).
  • Why he chose this profession.
  • What type of tasks he has to do on a typical day at work.
  • What personal qualities he suggests are needed by a musician.
  • Does he describe any work processes or services that he provides?
  • What he likes best and least about his job.
  • How he thinks this line of work will change in the future.
  • Where he sees himself in 5 - 10 years' time.

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Apprenticeship and Training

  1. Find out about becoming a musician or working with music in the UK. Make a table with 3 columns: What does the job involve, the salary and the qualifications and training required. Below, you will find some useful links.
  2. Now compare a musician's job and education in the UK with a musician's job and education in Norway. Utdanning - Yrkesbeskrivelse




After you have practised, add more dialogue for some of the following situations:

  • Simon calls Angela. He asks her if she can assist him on the soundtrack.
  • The deadline for the soundtrack is the next day. Simon does not make it, and has to call Richard about it.
  • The advertising company rejects Simon's work. Richard has to bring him the bad news.
  • Simon does not quite understand what the director of the commercial wants from him. He has to talk to the director in person to get some more information.