What Can You Do With A Major In Music?

 

A major in music requires a thorough knowledge of music, the ability to interpret music, and study with an accomplished musician, and training at a university in order to acquire the skills necessary for success. Most people who enter music begin studying an instrument or voice at an early age. Careers in music can be grouped into five categories, including performers/conductors, composers/arrangers, teachers, historians and therapists. High quality performance in this field requires constant study, practice and self-discipline. 

        

 

Tracks

Jazz Studies
Music Education

Music Performance Piano
Piano Pedagogy

Strings

Voice

Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion

 

 

Typical Career Paths

Education
Performance
Conducting
Composing/Arranging
Music Libraries

 

Communications/Broadcasting
Music Industry
Music Therapy

Some Related Career Titles

(To research these titles and more go to: Occupational Outlook Handbook . and see the related print resources in the Career Services Library)

 

Entry Level Jobs 

Art Teacher

Musician

Music Publishing Specialist

Piano Tuner

Recording Technician

Studio Musician


2 Years Minimum Experience Needed Positions and/or Master Degree 

Music Store Manager 

Music Reporter 

Music Publishing Specialist 

Music Software Programmer 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General Career Directions

Armed Forces Band Member
Arts Administrator
Church Music Director
Composer
Conductor
Disc Jockey
Film Music Editor
Music Copyist
Music Promoter
Music Publishing Specialist
Music Reporter
Music Software Programmer
Music Store Manager
Music Stringer
Music Teacher
Music Therapist
Musician
Orchestra Librarian
Piano Tuner
Recording Technician
Singer
Studio Musician
Synthesizer Specialist
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Typical Employers/Work Settings

 
Choral Groups
Churches
Clubs
Concert Halls
Conservatories
Education
Entertainment Law Firms
Free-Lance
Libraries Private Teaching
Magazines
Marching Bands
Motion Picture Industry
Music Related Publications
Music Stores
On the Road Touring
Opera Houses
Orchestras
Production Companies
Public Schools
Radio Stations
Record Companies
Recording Studios
Special Education Centers
Television Stations
The Symphony
Theaters
 

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 Beginning Salary Range: 

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) summer 2011 Salary Survey, beginning salaries for graduates with a Bachelor of Music degree, on an average, start at about $35,000 a year.

For more information on salaries click here-however, salaries will depend on the specific position/job. For more information check out: Music Industry Salaries

Skills Needed For This Career  

 

Creativity

Ability to read and write music

Singing/instrumental talents

Entertaining skills

Communication skills

Perseverance

Observation skills

Self-discipline

Basic reading, writing, editing skills

Humbleness

Physical stamina

Versatility

Good stage presence

Poise

Teaching abilities

Performance techniques

Ability to use various sound equipment

Adaptability and flexibility

 

Ability to keep audience's interests

 

  

 

Links to Professional Associations 

Professional Associations are important to explore because many offer student memberships and can give you access to other professionals and their experiences, research, convention or workshop opportunities, professional development and most importantly job databases.
American Federation of Musicians
American Music Center
American Music Therapy Association
American Society of Composers, Musicians, and Authors
Conductors Guild

National Association for Music Education – Careers in Music
Women in Music
Music Teachers National Association
Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association
American Guild of Musical Artists
Society for Ethnomusicology
League of American Orchestras

 

Job Search Information 

National Organizations or Databases 
http://www.creativejobscentral.com/music-jobs/
http://www.entertainmentcareers.net/jcat.asp?jcat=119
http://www.mediawebsource.com/musicjobs.htm
http://www.musicalchairs.info/index.htm
http://www.musicianscontact.com/
http://www.mymusicjob.com/
http://us.music-jobs.com/
Local Organizations or Databases
http://www.floridaorchestra.org/
http://myfoa.org/ 

 

 

Graduate Schools 

Local Programs - Master of Music and other related programs
Florida Atlantic University
University of Florida
University of Miami
University of South Florida
National Programs - Master of Music and other related programs
Georgia State University 
University of Alabama
University of Georgia
Other resources for graduate program research
http://www.gradschools.com/ 
http://www.petersons.com/ 
http://www.princetonreview.com/  

 

 

Link to UNF Program 

The College of Arts and Sciences  at the University of North Florida offers a Bachelor of Music in  Music.  

 

Holland Codes 

Jazz Studies: Artistic; Enterprising; Social (AES)
Performance: Artistic; Enterprising (AE)

 

Career Action Plan

  • Conduct an informational interview with or shadow a professional in the field to gain more knowledge about this career
  • Do at least one internship related to your career goal/program of study before graduating to gain experience
  • Get involved in volunteer work and community service
  • Develop leadership skills through on-campus activities such as Presidential Envoys, Residence Assistant, Student Government, Peer Advisor, etc.
  • Develop team skills through involvement in student clubs and organizations on campus
  • If you thinking about teaching, consider taking an education minor and getting some teaching experience
  • Join a professional association related to your career choice
  • Develop your musical ability
  • Join bands, choruses, church choirs, and other performing groups to get experience