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What can I do with this degree? - MUSIC
Elementary and secondary schools
Colleges and universities
STRATEGIESAcquire teaching certificate for public school teaching. Gain experience working with children through volunteer or part-time work experiences. Graduate degree required to teach in higher education. Specialize in an area such as music, music theory, composition, music history, etc. Performance skill on one instrument or voice required. Develop business relationships with schools and/or music stores to increase client base.
EMPLOYERSArmed Forces bands and orchestras
Rock or jazz groups
Clubs and restaurants
Community choral groups
Opera chorus or soloist
Radio, television, and motion picture industries
STRATEGIESDevelop musical talent and skill. Obtain formal training to acquire necessary skills, knowledge, and ability to interpret music. Ambition and showmanship are important. Join campus bands and choruses, church choirs, and other performing acts. Seek competitions, apprenticeship programs, and workshops to gain experience and recognition. Opportunities are very limited. Most performers have other careers. Auditions are generally required.
Motion picture and television industries
STRATEGIESKnowledge of composition, harmony, arranging, and theory are important. Learn how to use electronic instruments and synthesizers. Develop computer and desktop publishing expertise. Skill on one or more instruments and voice are necessary. Seek grants and awards through foundations. Very few musicians earn living through composing.
Armed Forces bands and orchestras
STRATEGIESDevelop superior musicianship and leadership. Acquire extensive experience in performing groups. Opportunities extremely limited. Gain acceptance into a conductor-training program or related apprenticeship.
EMPLOYERSHospitals: general and psychiatric
Special education facilities
Mental health centers
STRATEGIESTake courses in psychology, social work, or education. Earn a master's degree in music therapy and seek certification. Volunteer in a rehabilitation setting. Must demonstrate a genuine interest in helping people.
EMPLOYERSColleges and universities
Radio and television stations
STRATEGIESDevelop computer and research skills. Gain thorough knowledge of music and musicology. Earn master's degree in library/information science.
RECORDING INDUSTRYPublishing and Editing
Marketing and Sales
EMPLOYERSProduction recording studios (most located in New York City, Los Angeles, and Nashville)
STRATEGIESComplete an internship at a record company. Take business courses to work in management or administration. Journalism, public relations, and communication classes helpful for work in areas of promotion. Gain sales experience for marketing. Must interact well with people and develop persuasion tools. Knowledge of electronics, audio engineering, and recording knowledge required for production. Work or volunteer at a campus or local radio station. Join organizations involved with bringing events and entertainment to campus. Work at a retail record store to learn about the industry.
COMMUNICATIONSMusic and Program Direction
On Air Performance
Music License Administration
Music Editing, Production, and Composing
EMPLOYERSRadio and television stations
Virtual reality sound environments e.g. Internet sites, software creators
STRATEGIESTake classes in communications, broadcasting, or journalism. Work at on-campus radio station. Complete an internship at a television or radio station.
Develop computer-related skills such as software development and programming.
Magazines and newspapers
Entertainment law firms
Magazines and newspapers
Entertainment law firms
GENERAL INFORMATIONFinding positions in the music industry requires a combination of talent, training, connections and some luck. Perseverance is required!
Develop competencies in business management, computers, marketing, or other areas to broaden range of employment possibilities.
Develop a variety of skills. Become "multitalented."
Confidence, personality, a positive attitude, and a love of music are important to success.
Need basic tools of self-promotion.
Some jobs may require you to join unions or guilds.
Performers often travel frequently and must be flexible regarding their work schedules.
Gain experience working for a music publisher or other businesses in the entertainment industry.
Majoring in music provides students with a sense of aesthetics and an understanding of human expression valuable to many employers.
Prepared by the Career Planning staff of Career Services at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. (2005) UTK is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA /ADEA Employer