Studying music can mean more than just performing – it also covers areas like music technology, acoustics, sound engineering and a huge range of other technical aspects of music, some of which involve little to no performance at all. Performance-based courses can often be combined with these more technical areas to give you a good understanding of the work that goes on behind-the-scenes while developing your musical skill.
Technical theatre refers to everything that goes on backstage to make a production work. Courses and careers in this area can focus on a number of technical areas, ranging from stage management to sound design and lighting operation to costume design. Studying one or more of these areas gives you the chance to gain a specialised skillset and lots of first-hand experience, helping you to branch out into a variety of roles working on live events. Many qualified professionals go down a freelance route while others go on to work for theatres, hire companies or start their own businesses.
Drama and theatre studies courses cover a large subject area including performance, writing for performance, elements of technical theatre (backstage processes), directing, design and acting. The range of courses available is vast – some are performance-focused, training their students for a career on stage or screen, whilst others combine performance with theoretical modules. Where you choose to study will depend on what sort of course you want to study – a university is more likely to offer a course with theoretical modules, whereas a drama school would typically offer a more practical course.