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Education

 
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Private Lessons
  • K-12 schools, public and private
  • Colleges and universities
  • Conservatories
  • Daycare centers
  • Recreation centers
  • Children's music programs (franchises, local)
  • Studios
  • Self-employed

Performance

 
  • Instrumental
  • Vocal
  • Orchestras:
    • Philharmonic, symphony, and chamber
  • Armed Forces bands and orchestras
  • Small ensembles
  • Rock or jazz groups
  • Dance bands
  • Concert soloist
  • Clubs and restaurants
  • Church choirs
  • Community choral groups
  • Opera companies
  • Musical theaters
  • Ballet productions
  • Recording industry
  • Radio, television, and motion picture industries
  • Cruise lines
  • Amusement parks

Conducting

 
  • Directing
  • Planning
  • Leading
  • Musician Selection
  • Orchestras:
    • Philharmonic, symphony, and chamber
  • Armed Forces bands and orchestras
  • Various bands
  • Choirs
  • Choral groups
  • Opera companies
  • Musical theater companies

Composing/Arranging

 
  • Composing
  • Arranging
  • Self-employed
  • Record companies
  • Publishers
  • Muzak
  • Motion picture and television industries
  • Production companies
  • Orchestras:
    • Philharmonic, symphony, and chamber
  • Opera companies
  • Musical theater groups
  • Ballet troupes
  • Broadway

Music Libraries

 
  • Colleges and universities
  • Conservatories
  • Public libraries
  • Radio and television stations
  • Motion picture studies

Communications (Broadcasting)

 
  • Music and Program Direction
  • On Air Performance
  • Promotion
  • Voice Overs
  • Copyright/Clearance Administration
  • Music License Administration
  • Music Editing, Production, and Composing
  • Sound Mixing
  • Post Production
  • Research
  • Radio and television stations
  • Virtual reality sound environments
    • e.g. Internet sites, software creators

Music Therapy

 
  • Hospitals: general and psychiatric
  • Special education facilities
  • Mental health centers
  • Nursing homes and senior centers
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Correctional facilities
  • Private practice
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Schools

Behind The Scenes

 
  • Audio Technician
  • Boom Operator
  • General Director
  • Music Video Producer
  • Recording Engineer
  • Set Up
  • Recordist
  • Rerecording Mixer
  • Sound Engineer
  • Sound Technician
  • Sound/Production Mixer
  • Stage Manager
  • Local bands
  • Regional bands
  • Production companies
  • Theater groups
  • Orchestras
  • Armed Forces
  • Radio, television, and motion picture industries

Music Industry/Business

 
  • Publishing and Editing
  • Producing
  • Recording
  • Engineering
  • Manufacturing
  • Talent Acquisition
  • Artist/Talent Representation
  • Promotion/Media Relations
  • Publicity
  • Administration
  • Marketing
  • Booking
  • Product Management
  • Business Management
  • Retail Sales
  • Production recording studios (most located in New York City, Los Angeles, and Nashville)
  • Music management groups
  • Agencies
  • Music and record stores
  • Instrument manufacturers

Miscellaneous

 
  • Music Journalism
  • Law
  • Music Analysis
  • Music-related publications
  • Magazines and newspapers
  • Entertainment or music focused Internet sites
  • Entertainment law firms
  • Production companies

General Information and Strategies

  • Majoring in music provides students with a sense of aesthetics and an understanding of human expression valuable to many employers.
  • Develop competencies in business management, computers, marketing, or other areas to broaden range of employment possibilities.
  • Finding positions in the music industry requires a combination of talent, training, connections and some luck. Perserverance is required!
  • Develop a variety of skills. Become "multitalented."
  • As an undergraduate, gain as much experience as possible, paid or unpaid, through college and local organizations. Seek internships or volunteer positions with relevant organizations.
  • Confidence, personality, a positive attitude, and a love of music are important to success in many arenas of music. Learn basic tools of self-promotion.
  • Some jobs may require you to join unions or guilds. Research the industry to learn which ones are appropriate.
  • Performers often travel frequently and must be flexible regarding their work schedules.
  • Move to a larger city such as Los Angeles, New York, Nashville, or Chicago to find more job opportunities.

 
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