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Findings from PLAY music survey Self-efficacy , Plans, Aspirations, Barriers to achieving aspirations . Guildhall School of Music & Drama in partnership with Institute of Education, University of London Co-ordinators: Helena Gaunt (GSMD), Andrea Creech (IOE), Susan Hallam (IOE)
Guildhall School of Music & Drama
in partnership with
Institute of Education, University of London
Helena Gaunt (GSMD), Andrea Creech (IOE), Susan Hallam (IOE)
Research Assistant: Marion Long
The students’ agreed most on these items:
Other statements that generated overall agreement were:
and brass instruments
were statistically more
likely to plan…..
statistically more likely
to plan …..
‘to be an orchestral musician’,
p η2= .45
‘to be a soloist’
p η2 = .44
‘I think it will be difficult to find work. There are so many good musicians out there. ’There is constant worry about not getting work and having to fight your way through. 1st Years
Pretty much just trying to find a job and all that, ... stuff, and also I think it is sort of not knowing what I want to do necessarily, and also I think you have to have really good confidence to get anywhere in music, 2nd Year female student
Work, getting work. It’s the nature of the industry, being quite tough and cutthroat and probably a lot of rejection and falls and stuff. But that’s standard. I guess the main difficulty is just getting work. 2nd Year female
I think that becoming a musician it is always difficult to find opportunities and find a way in. I think that I you don’t have the security of further study, those opportunities can be slightly harder to come by, but hopefully I’ll be prepared for that by the time I leave.3rd Year female
Getting the job will be the hardest thing because they’re in such high demand. For example the BBC job came up and there were over 70 auditions for it. The 4th Year prepares you more for getting jobs in orchestras because the exams are more audition oriented. This makes you more focussed and serious about it all I guess. In the 4th Year you get to work alongside professionals and get a better idea of what orchestral life is all about.. 4th Year Male
I’ve had opportunities to play as principal trumpet in the Barbican with the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra over the year an various high level student orchestras. The job of a fulltime professional musician is a very difficult and competitive one to get into. I’d basically be very happy if I was just earning a living playing the trumpet freelancing, teaching, picking-up whatever I can get at the time and just looking to be building a portfolio of professional experience and to build on that really over time. 4th Year Male.