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Careers in Music

What should I look for in a University Music Program? Each university varies with an emphasis in different areas of music. Some focus on performance, education, composition, musical theater, sound engineering, music therapy, and music business to name a few. Think about why you love music, and what you want to do with music to help you decide which area is best for you.

A lot of young musicians have the dream of performing on the stage as a solo performer or as an orchestral musician. While these are great goals to pursue, I have to make sure my students understand that these “jobs” are not always the easiest to get. So, if you are serious about this goal, talk to your music teacher or band director and find out if this is truly the best route for you. Most musicians go into education or some other career while trying to land performance jobs or while they compose music, etc. Some examples of teaching careers include elementary music, band, orchestra, choir, college, and private and group instruction. This is a great way to inspire young musicians while make a living at the same time.

Of course, there are dozens of other fields. This is just a short list.

  • Administration (in education, local community arts programs, performing arts centers)
  • Composition/Arranging
  • Education
  • Instrument repair
  • Movies/TV
  • Music Business
  • Music Copyright Law
  • Music Retail and Sales
  • Music Software Development
  • Music Therapy
  • Performance Fields
  • Private Studio
  • Publishing
  • Public Relations
  • Radio (disc jockey)
  • Recording Business
  • Sound Engineering
  • Technology
  • Theater
  • Voice Therapy
  • Worship Ministry in Churches
  • Writing (books, journalistic, etc.)

Regardless of the field you’re interested, you’ll want to spend time researching careers and how to go about getting your education for that field.

A great website to help you get started is: http://www.menc.org/careers

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