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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. 


Jazz Studies
Music Education  

Music Performance Piano
Piano Pedagogy  



Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion   


Typical Career Paths 


Music Libraries

Music Industry
Music Therapy

Typical Job Titles

Note: Some of these occupations might require advanced degrees


Architectural Acoustic Monitor   Editor
Music Software Programmer   Armed Forces Band Member
Engineer/Mixer   Music Store Manager
Artist and Repertoire   Film Music Editor
Music Stringer   Arts Administrator/Manager
Instrument Service Specialist   Music Teacher
Church Music Director   Journalist
Music Therapist   Musician
Composer/Arranger   Music Attorney
Orchestra Librarian   Conductor
Music Copyist   Piano Tuner
Copyright Specialist   Music Critic
Public Relations Specialist   Copywriter
Music Promoter   Publicist
Cruise Director   Music Publishing Specialist
Recording Technician   Disc Jockey
Music Reporter   Recreation Director
Royalties Broadcast Monitor   Studio Musician
Tour Manager   Sales Representative
Synthesizer Specialist   Union Contractor
Singer   Technical Writer
Voice Teacher   Music Therapist

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


Match This Major To Careers


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Beginning Salary Ranges Salaries
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.

Salary Resources-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
Adaptability and flexibility   Ability to keep audience's interests
Ability to use various sound equipment    

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 

Graduate School

Applying To Graduate and Professional Schools

Link To UNF Academic Program

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

Holland Interest 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