What Can You Do with a Music Degree?

What can you do with a music degree? Teaching and performing are just the tip of the iceberg. The following is a list of some of the many jobs and career areas that music majors can pursue after graduation.

Tips for Success as a Freelance Musician

Have you thought about what it takes to find success as a freelance musician? If you’re fortunate to have gone to school in an area with a strong arts scene, you may be able to launch this aspect of your career right where you are.

Music Industry Internships: Best Tips

Current music industry students and recent grads have been learning that internships are essential for success in their field. Music industry Internships offer the connections and on-the-job training that can't be found in the classroom.

Music Education: A Balancing Act

Being a teacher can easily seem incompatible with being an artist. If you're considering music education as a career, here are some thoughts and tips to help you live more abundantly in both worlds.

A Career in Choral Conducting

Choral conducting is an exciting and deeply rewarding field. As a career, it offers the chance to serve others, a respectable salary range, and an opportunity for lifelong involvement and learning.

Musicology: A World of Possibilities

Musicology is so broad that it's difficult to define without restricting it. Although many musicologists are also trained in performance, it isn't a performance-oriented field. Instead, musicology focuses on the history and cultural contexts of music.

Music Cognition as a Career Path

Music Cognition is an interdisciplinary field of research that encompasses several areas of study including music, psychology, neuroscience, music therapy, music theory, musicology, computer science and linguistics.

Career Paths in Arts Management

Arts management blends the artistic and business elements of a career in the arts. Depending on where your interests lie, arts management offers many paths.

Career Paths in Sacred Music

Sacred music programs at various colleges and universities offer many opportunities for students interested in pursuing a career in the field.

Scoring for Film and TV or Video Games – 5 Ground Rules

Like most careers in modern music, there isn’t one straight path to scoring for film and TV or video games. While it would be great to follow in the footsteps of a John Williams or a Hans Zimmer and learn the craft of orchestration and classical underscore, the reality is that there are very few jobs that ask for those specific skill sets.

On the Road with “Family Guy” Orchestrator

Glenn Morrissette is an orchestrator for Seth MacFarlane's animated TV sitcom, "Family Guy." He talked with MajoringInMusic.com about his role as an orchestrator and the joys of working from his home on wheels.

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Are you a candidate for hearing loss? Do you have earbuds dangling from your ears most of your waking hours? Noise-induced hearing loss, also known as "NIHL," results from damage to hair cells in the ears.

Face Planting into Music Entrepreneurship

I never would have guessed that music entrepreneurship would be my calling. I can remember walking around various college fairs when I was still in high school, waiting for a certain major or university to excite me.

Benefits of Joining a National Music Association

Joining a national music association offers several benefits to music majors: • Direct access to mentors and role models in the field you plan to enter; • Networking opportunities with peers and professors at your own school as well as at music schools across the country; • Opportunities to attend professional conferences at a reduced rate (possibly free) to gain insight into your career field; • Connections to job banks and job vacancy lists; • Professional experiences that prepare you for interviewing and other career-related concerns; • Access to professional journals and other members-only educational resources.