Music Department Opportunities

Career Opportunities available to Music Majors:

One of the realities of the music profession is that people tend to wear several hats at once, and the musicians that genuinely make a go of this field are ones that can integrate working in several related fields. Following is a list of many of the related fields and job descriptions in the profession. Making a career often requires having one's professional network encompass more than one of these fields.

Career Options for Composition Majors

Schools, Colleges, and Universities

  • Composition/Theory Professor
  • Classroom Professor
  • Adjunct instructor in composition or applied music
  • Contemporary music ensemble director
  • Composer-in-residence
  • Department chair
  • Music Librarian
  • Secondary school music teacher
  • After-school music program instructor
  • Workshop or master-class presenter
  • Academic journal writer or editor (print or online)

Religious Institution, Missions

  • Church music minister
  • Worship leader
  • Church-music songwriter/composer/arranger
  • Music missions

Religious Institution, Missions

  • Staff songwriter or arranger
  • Music copyist/engraver
  • Music publisher
  • Studio engineer
  • Studio producer
  • Film composer or orchestrator
  • Video game composer
  • Music consultant
  • Band member or leader
  • Music reviewer/critic
  • Music retailer

Musical Production Organizations: Orchestra, Opera, and Musical Theatre

  • Musical director or producer
  • Staff composer or arranger
  • Creative design consultant, impresario, administrator

Dance

  • Collaborative work with choreographer
  • Musical director, producer or consultant
  • Dance rehearsal accompanist (improvisation)

Freelance

  • Composer on commission
  • Songwriter
  • Private teacher of theory, composition, songwriting, or arranging
  • Workshop or master-class presenter
  • Contemporary music ensemble leader
  • Solo composer-performer
  • Copyist or engraver

Media

  • Music Reviewer/Critic
  • Broadcaster, podcaster
  • Journalist
  • Writer
  • Multimedia artist or collaborator
  • Musical consultant or director for TV, film, video

Career Options for Strings Majors

Performance Opportunities

  • Solo Performer
  • Chamber Ensembles
  • Orchestras

Teaching Opportunities

  • Private String Instructor
  • University String Instructor
  • University Music Class Instructor
  • Church ministry/community schools

Administration

  • Music Office Administration
  • Media Works

Career Opportunities for Music Education Majors

Freelance

  • Solo/Collaborative Performer
  • Composer
  • Arranger
  • Music Clinician

Music Industry

  • Music agent
  • Audio production/editing
  • Copyist/transcriber
  • Cruise ship entertainer
  • Event production/management/planning
  • Film scoring
  • Music store owner
  • Lyricist
  • Music curator
  • Music magazine editor
  • Music publishing
  • Piano tuner

Teaching Opportunities

  • Band director
  • Choral director
  • Community Music School Director
  • Conductor
  • Music Educator/Lecturer
  • Summer Camp Music Director

Career Opportunities for Vocal/Choral Majors

Freelance

  • Solo/Collaborative Performer
  • Choral Conductor
  • Private Vocal Teacher/Coach

Music Industry

  • Opera Theatre Performer
  • Musical Theatre Performer
  • Professional Chorus Member
  • Popular Singer/Recording Artist
  • Vocal Jazz Performer
  • Cruise Ship Entertainer

Teaching Opportunities

  • Choral Music Educator
  • Choir Director
  • Band Director
  • University Vocal Professor

Career Options for Organ Majors

Missions/Church Ministry

  • Church Organist
  • Church Choir/Music Director
  • Music Missions

Freelance

  • Organ Builder/Technician
  • Composer
  • Private Organ/Piano Instructor
  • Accompanist/Collaborator

Music Industry

  • Organ Salesperson
  • Music Publisher/Editor
  • Music Magazine/Periodical Publisher/Editor

Teaching Opportunities

  • University Organ Professor
  • Adjunct Organ Instructor

Career Opportunities for Piano Performance Majors

Schools, Colleges, and Universities

  • University Piano Instructor
  • Staff Accompanist
  • Music Class Instructor
  • Artist-in-Residence
  • Music Department Chair/Dean
  • High School Music Teacher
  • Elementary School Music Teacher
  • Choral Accompanist
  • Choral Administrator

Opera Company/Musical Theatre

  • Audition/Rehearsal Accompanist
  • Orchestra/Show Pianist/Keyboardist
  • Music Librarian
  • Program Coordinator
  • Administrator
  • Musical Director
  • Conductor

Dance

  • Ballet Class Accompanist
  • Modern/Comtemporary Dance Class Accompanist
  • Gymnastics Accompanist
  • Dance Performance Pianist

Missions/Church Ministry

  • Choral/Music Director
  • Choral Singer
  • Choral Accompanist
  • Music Missions

Music Industry

  • TV Show Pianist
  • Multimedia Artist
  • Piano Technician
  • Large Ensemble Pianist

Freelance

  • Solo Pianist
  • Clinic/Master Class Teacher
  • Music Ensemble Pianist
  • Private Piano Teacher
  • Arranger
  • Composer
  • Restaurant Pianist
  • Accompanist for Soloist
  • Pianist for Vocal/Instrumental Studio
  • Conductor