What Can I Do With a Major In Music?

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Major Information

You can do a lot with this major! Music majors go on to successful careers in music, performance, education, the arts, music therapy, and much more.

The U of M's School of Music offers many music-related degrees. Undergraduate degrees include the Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor in Music Education (various instruments and voice), Bachelor in Music Therapy, and Performance (various instruments and voice).

Music majors can continue studies at the Master or Doctoral level in areas such as composition, conducting, music education, music therapy, ethnomusicology, performance, and theory. See the School of Music site for information.

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:

  • Ability to read and write music
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Performance skills
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work well with diverse groups

Interest Code: ASI

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Internship & Job Search Websites

Student Groups

Professional Organizations

Career Options

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 Music alumni in all eight of the career fields).  For more career information for music majors, utilize these additional resources:

  • What Can I Do With This Major - Find information about common career paths, employers, and strategies for how to build experience in different career fields
  • LinkedIn's Alumni Tool - Explore thousands of alumni career pathways
  • GoldPASS - Explore different job, internship, and volunteer opportunities as well as career events on campus

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

Arts & Culture

Internships

  • Intern - Guthrie Theatre
  • Intern, 113 Composers
  • Intern, West Music

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

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

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, Consulting, Marketing & Sales

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