A music degree is more applicable than you'd think

When musical and performing artist go to college, it's usually easy for them to declare a major - their passion easily drives their decision. However, they will often hear critics asking this question: "well, what are you going to do with as degree in MUSIC?" Well, cynical people, here's the blog post for you - a list of things that a music major is handy or necessary for. And it turns out the list is quite long!

 

• Accompanist (public and private schools, music schools and performing arts camps; religious centers and schools; dance rehearsals and performances; other venues. Also see “Collaborative pianist.”)

• Acoustician (acoustics engineer)

• Adjudicator

• Arranger

• Artist manager

• Arts administrator/arts management  (includes grant writing and fundraising, managing events, arts advocacy, programming, house manager)

• Audio production (editing, audio engineering, audio development)

• Band director (K-12, college, military, sports)

• Clinician

• Collaborative pianist

• Community music school director

• Composer  (professional and school band/orchestra; film/TV/gaming; educational publishing; children’s music; religious music; musical theatre; commercials)

• Conductor (professional, college, and youth orchestras; community orchestras; international opportunities)

• Copyist, transcriber

• Copyright consultant

• Cruise ship entertainer

• Educator  (K-12, college-level, community music schools, religious organizations, private studio, international)

• Electronic production and design (including audio engineering, mastering, mixing, music directing, producing, program directing, programming, recording engineer, studio manager, MIDI technician)

• Entrepreneur  (self-employed businesses. Musicians often work as entrepreneurs within other career fields on this list.)

• Entertainment lawyer; music business lawyer

• Event production, management, planning, technology (also see “Arts Management.”)

• Film music director

• Film , TV, video game scoring (composing, editing, supervising, arranging/adapting, conducting, orchestrating, synthesis specialist, theme specialist. Also see “Composing.”)

• Foley Artist

• Freelancing

• Fundraiser, grant writer

• Historian (studios, museums, universities)

• Instrument builder, designer

• Instrument company or music store (owner, manager, sales associate)

• Instrument distributor

• Instrument repair and restoration

• Lecturer (schools, media, cruise ships, community)

• Lyricist

• Marketing

• Master classes

• Media development

• Merchandising (management, sales, advertising)

• Military bands (performing, conducting, arranging, administration)

• Music agent

• Music aggregator

• Music app developer

• Music business (several of the careers on this list fit under this category)

• Music critic, reviewer, blogger

• Music curator

• Music industry (several of the careers on this list fit under this category)

• Music librarian

• Music licensing

• Music production

• Music programmer  (for events, clubs, restaurants)

• Music publishing (online and print writing, copywriting, editing, managing, proofreading, publishing, researching)

• Music supervisor

• Music therapist

• Music web producer

• Musical theatre  (performing, coaching)

• Musicians unions and associations (administrative jobs)

• Musicologist

• Opera coach

• Orchestrator

• Performer (Vocal and instrumental soloist, session musician, orchestra/band/group member, house band member, backup vocalist, live instrumentalists for ballet/musical theatre/opera; instrumentalists and vocalists for film, tv, and touring show soundtracks. Venues may include traditional auditoriums and music halls as well as business meetings, conferences, cruise ships, weddings, hotels, restaurants, clubs, art museums & studios, religious events, military music events.)

• Personnel Manager (orchestras, arts organizations, shows, events)

• Piano and organ tuner, mover

• Pit orchestra musician

• Producer

• Product demonstrator (at conferences, shows, schools)

• Promoter

• Public relations agent or coordinator

• Radio (announcing, librarian, manager, programming, research, station broker)

• Recording (producer, engineer)

• Recruiter for talent agencies, universities, etc.

• Religious music – sacred music

• Royalty analyst, royalty accountant

• Session musician

• Software developer

• Songwriter (including composer, lyricist, producer; jingle writing for television, radio and internet; freelance work; librettist)

• Sound design

• Sound engineer or technician

• Summer camp music director/staff

• Talent representation (booking, management)

• Talent scout

• Theatre, concert hall (booking agent, manager, promoter, technician)

• Therapeutic music (performer at hospices and in hospitals and nursing homes)

• Tours/road work (road manager, merchandise manager, merchandise sales, sound engineer, technician, tour director, tour promoter, tour publicist)

• Wellness (injury prevention and intervention)