• Consider the following types of employers:
    • Music departments in schools
    • Music shops (private lessons, selling instruments, etc)
    • Look for local studios.
    • Small theaters (opportunities range from theatrical performances to small ensembles, to rock or jazz groups)
    • Radio, TV and the film industry (local broadcast groups, etc)
    • Cruise lines and amusement parks
    • Local publishers, music libraries, etc.
    • Audio engineering opportunities may occur in many TV companies such as ESPN.
    • Law firms and production companies
  • If you like directing, think about becoming a conductor for theater, bands, orchestras, operas, etc.
  • Think about music therapy in hospitals, schools, mental health centers, etc. (This requires a master’s degree)
  • Pursue a Master’s degree in Education for teaching in school

  • If you’re a performer, include a performance experience section
  • Include recordings and broadcasts as well as compositions and arrangements
  • Include competitions
  • Include professional leadership
  • Include compositions/arrangements
  • Keep a main list of experiences and switch them in and out of your resume to keep it as related to the position as possible. They don’t need to know everything you’ve done but they do need to know what your related experience is.
  • It’s recommended that you have a different version of your resume for performance, teaching, arts administration, etc.
  • Typical categories for performance experience on resumes include:
    • Classical Vocalists: Full Roles, Partial Roles, Choral experience, solo recitals, musical theater.
    • Jazz Musicians: Clubs, Venues, Jazz Festivals, Preformed with:, recordings, ensembles.
    • Classical Instruments: Orchestral experience, Chamber experience, Solo performances, Community performances.
    • Composers: Original works, Premiers, Current projects, commissioned work.

  • What instrument do you play?
  • When did you start playing/singing?
  • What musicians do you admire?
  • Who are your musical influences?
  • How do you handle mistakes during a performance?
  • Why do you want to be in the music field?
  • Describe the selections you would choose for a concert.
  • What first got you interested in music?
  • Why are you passionate about music?

Career Resources for Music Majors:

Music Degree Types:

Master of Music (MM)

Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A)

Music Education MA

Music Therapy MS

Career Paths:

  • Master’s Degree:
    •  Accompanist
    • Adjudicator
    • Arranger
    • Artist Management
    • Audio Production/editing
    • Band Director
    • Clinician
    • Composer
    • Conductor
    • Copyright Consultant
    • Music Curator
    • Music School Administrator
  • PhD:
    • Professor

Producers and Directors

Median Salary:$71,350

Outlook: +3% (slower than average)

Musicians and Singers

Median Salary:$23.50/hour

Outlook: +5% (slower than average)

Music Directors and Composers

Median Salary:$47,350

Outlook: +5% (slower than average)

Career and Technical Education Teachers (Music Teacher)

Median Salary:$51,910

Outlook: +9% (average)

Post-secondary Teachers (Music Professor)

Median Salary:$51,910

Outlook: +19% (faster than average)