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Learn more about the music major. All liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies, and music majors develop specific skills that are applicable to lots of different careers. These skills include the ability to work independently and collaboratively, creative problem-solving skills and critical thinking.

Students who take the SuperStrong Interest Inventory receive a three-letter interest code, which identifies their top three areas of interest, work activities, potential skills, and personal values. The interest code "ASI" is often associated with this major, however, the SuperStrong assessment can help you understand how your interests connect to a variety of majors and career options. You can learn more about common employer types and occupations associated with this major. You can also see CLA specific examples of alumni careers below.

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Alumni Career Examples

Below is a small sampling of what alumni with this major have pursued, organized by the most common career fields they go into (although keep in mind that there are alumni in all eight of the career fields). You can also utilize the LinkedIn's Alumni Tool and the Maroon and Gold Network to further explore alumni career pathways and connect directly with professionals.

Click to expand each gray box below for opportunities pursued by alumni in this major! 

Arts

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Internships

  • Intern - Guthrie Theatre
  • Intern, 113 Composers
  • Intern, West Music
  • Liquid Music Social Media Intern, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
  • Marketing Student Ambassador, Minnesota Orchestra
  • Administrative Assistant, Bach Society of Minnesota
  • Piano Intern, Eastern US Music Camp

Entry-Level

  • Owner/Designer - Baked Goods
  • Flute Instructor - HERO
  • Wind Conducting Associate
  • Concert Pianist - John Gingrich Management
  • Guitar/Ukulele Instructor
  • Music Therapist - Topeka VAMC
  • Interim Activities Director - The Claridge House
  • Music Director - Speak the Word Church
  • Technical Support/Notation Product Specialist - MakeMusic

Experienced

  • Owner - Film Agency
  • Flute Player - Die Zauberflöte
  • Flute Professor - Rutgers University
  • Composer, Guitarist - Orchestra for Ants
  • Harpist - O'Meara Music
  • Neurologic Music Therapy Consultant - Creative Leaps

Graduate Programs

  • Instrumental Conducting - Rutgers University
  • DMA - Rice University
  • MM, Studio/Jazz Guitar Studies - University of South California
  • MM, Music Therapy
Healthcare & Science

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Internships

  • Music Therapy Intern - Allina Health

Experienced

  • Crisis Counselor*
  • Director of Healthy Living - YMCA Midway
  • Music Therapist - Guardian Angels Elim Hospice*
  • Mental Health Practitioner - Beechwood Inc.
  • Psychotherapist - Spirit of Hope Counseling*

Graduate Programs

  • MA, Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling - Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Education

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Internships

  • Music Therapy Intern, Fraser Academy
  • Student Teaching Assistant, ComMusication

Entry-Level

  • Assessment Supervisor - Bethel University
  • String Educator - Eden Prairie School District
  • Teacher - Fair School Crystal
  • Director of Admission for the School of Music - University of Louisville

Experienced

  • Executive Director and Principal - Kids 'R' Kids International Inc.*
  • Fire and Life Safety Educator - St. Paul Fire Department*
  • VP of Enrollment Management - Chatham University*
  • Director, MSc in Relational Leading - Taos Institute

Graduate Programs

  • Counseling Psychology - Bethel University
  • MA, K-12 Education
  • PhD, Educational Leadership
  • MS, Organizational Leadership and Administration
  • PhD, Social and Behavioral Science
Business

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Internships

  • Special Events Intern - Basilica of Saint Mary

Entry-Level

  • Web/WordPress Developer - Long Run Marketing
  • Program Manager - American Protective Services
  • Event Coordinator - RedBrick Health
  • Outside Sales - Schweber Electronics
  • Property Management Bookkeeper - The Gavzy Group
  • Financial Advisor - Wealth Management Solutions
  • Accounts Receivable Supervisor - ABRA Auto Body & Glass

Experienced

  • Director, Front-end Engineering & Operations - Ameriprise Financial Services
  • President, Aerospace/Defense - Securitas Critical Infrastructure Services*
  • Lead Planner - Startup Event Solutions
  • Regional Business Coordinator - Digi-Key Corporation
  • Accounting Manager - Sharper Management
  • Associate Director, Human Resources - MECLABS Institute *

Graduate Programs

  • MBA - University of Phoenix

 

The College of Liberal Arts Career Services and the University of Minnesota has no control or responsibility for the: (a) quality or safety of any experiential learning opportunity/position descriptions or (b) the application, hiring practices, or EEO/AA status of any of the organizations listed here. We encourage students to use precaution when applying to, interviewing at, or participating in volunteer, internship, job, or research programs outside of the University. These opportunities are not affiliated with the University of Minnesota and have not been fully vetted.