Career Exploration

For more information on what you can do with a major in music, please visit CLA

Career Services
 or explore Handshake, the U of M's exclusive online career database.

Career development is a lifelong process of self-discovery, career exploration, gaining meaningful experiences, intentional reflection, and career decision-making and planning. Utilize CLA Career Services staff and resources to help you navigate your career exploration and post-graduation planning process.


Students in the School of Music go on to a number of different professional fields, as performers, teachers, directors, composers, critics, talent agents, and more. The coursework you will pursue provides a great foundation for many areas of interest upon graduation. The skills you will gain in technique, communication, problem-solving, performance, and individual and collaborative work will be immediately applicable as you enter your field.


In addition, what you do outside of the classroom can improve your confidence, enhance your skills, and build your resume. Therefore, we encourage you to seek out real-world experience through research opportunities, community engagement, and internships to help you feel confident in your decision upon graduation. Students may also gain valuable and relevant skills in music by studying abroad or joining a student organization.

In the School of Music, you will also have the opportunity to join one of our many ensembles, which are a wonderful way to gain a strong sense of community among faculty and fellow students while building relationships and learning from each other.


Prioritize your next steps by building an effective strategy for applying to graduate programs, jobs, and/or service opportunities. You are encouraged to schedule an individual appointment with a CLA Career Counselor and attend upcoming employer and career events and workshops to start building a network. You can also connect with us online via Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.