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Academic Information: -  top


What is Music?  top

Simply stated, music students as a whole enjoy greater college success. One recent study of 7500 university students revealed that music majors scored the highest reading scores among all majors including English, biology, chemistry, and math. And according to an article in the Phi Delta Kappan Journal, 1994, physician and biologist Lewis Thomas studied the undergraduate majors of medical school applicants, indicating that music majors were most successful in being admitted to medical school. He found that 66% of music majors who applied to medical school were admitted, the highest percentage of any group. By comparison, 44% of biochemistry majors were admitted.

Music is one of the arts which so sharpened our sense of participation in the world that it gave a much greater meaning to life. Anthony Storr says "Although music is not a belief system, I think that its importance and its appeal also depend upon its being a way of ordering human experience. Music exalts life, enhances life, and gives it meaning. Great music outlives the individual who created it. It is both personal and beyond the personal. For those who love it, it remains as a fixed point of reference in an unpredictable world. Music is a source of reconciliation, exhilaration, and hope which never fails."


Career Information  -  top


Possible/Typical Job Titles -  top

Music Technology

  • Audio Producer
  • Audio Engineer
    -Studio
    -Film
    -Television
    -Video
    -Internet
    -Radio
  • Mastering Engineer
  • Audio Technician
  • Recording Studio Technology Specialist
  • Live Sound Engineer
  • Sound Designer
  • Sound Editor
  • Synthesizer Programmer
  • Multimedia Producer
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Film/Media Composer
  • Music Technology Sales
  • Music Technology Marketing
  • Educational Music Technology specialist
  • Music Lab Manager
  • Music Lab Technician
  • Production Assistant

Performance

  • Studio musician
  • Recording technician
  • Church music director
  • Military musician
  • Conductor*
  • Composer
  • Artist-in-residence
  • Arranger

Business/Industry

  • Music/equipment salesperson
  • Media director
  • Uniform salesperson
  • Music store manager
  • Instrument technician
  • Booking Agent
  • Electronics technician
  • Background music designer
  • Instrument manufacturer
  • Copyright attorney*
  • Publicist
  • Music editor/publisher

Education/Communication

  • Teacher -Secondary or elementary
  • Professor*
  • Music critic
  • Arts columnist
  • Museum staff member
  • Musicologist*
  • Music librarian*
  • Curriculum designer*
  • Media consultant
  • Audio technician*
  • Private Studio

Other:

  • Composer/Arranger   
  •  Music Attorney     
  • Orchestra Librarian
  • Music Copyist
  • Piano Tuner
  • Copyright Specialist     
  • Music Critic     
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Copywriter     
  • Music Promoter   
  • Publicist
  • Cruise Director   
  • Music Publishing Specialist     
  • Recording Technician
  • Disc Jockey     
  • Music Reporter     
  • Recreation Director
  • Royalties Broadcast Monitor     

Human Services/Management

  • Music therapist*
  • City cultural events planner
  • Orchestra manager*
  • Group travel planner/tour manager*
  • Camp manager*
  • Community arts center director
  • Talent recruiter
  • Disc/video jockey
  • Performance center manager
  • Audiologist

Other

  • Performer/Entertainer
  • Music technician
  • Disc jockey
  • Concert soloist
  • Conductor/Director
  • Recording artist
  • Music librarian
  • Studio Arranger
  • Music/dance teacher
  • Arranger/orchestration
  • Jingle writer, advertising
  • Piano technician
  • Music arranger-manager
  • Copyrights
  • Lyricist
  • Music reporter, newspaper
  • Music video producer
  • Music critic
  • Musical instrument builder
  • Music historian
  • Musical creator
  • Music copyist
  • Orchestra
  • Musical theater
  • Composer
  • Music group road manager
  • Songwriter
  • Music recording engineer
  • Music manager
  • Music teacher
  • Salesperson/musical instrument
  • Accompanist
  • Actor/Actress
  • Advertising Executive
  • Announcer
  • Arts Management
  • Chamber Musician
  • Composer/Arranger
  • Computer Programmer
  • Conductor
  • Consultant
  • Counselor
  • Fundraiser
  • Jazz/Pop Musician
  • Journalist
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Sales Manager
  • Studio Musician
  • Symphonic Musician

Other:

  • Architectural Acoustic Monitor     
  • Editor     
  • Music Software Programmer
  • Armed Forces Band Member     
  • Engineer/Mixer     
  • Music Store Manager
  • Artist & Repertoire (A&R)     
  • Film Music Editor     
  • Music Stringer
  • Arts Administrator/Manager     
  • Instrument Service Specialist     
  • Music Teacher
  • Church Music Director     
  • Journalist     
  • *Music Therapist
  • Community Development
  • Manufacturers Representative
  • Studio Musician     
  • Tour Manager

Typical Places of Employment -  top

  • Colleges and schools
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Educational institutions
  • Symphony/orchestra
  • Film companies
  • Public service organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Television/radio
  • Libraries
  • Churches
  • Historical societies
  • Musical theaters
  • Motion picture companies
  • Record companies
  • Magazines
  • Retail (music-related business)
  • Advertising
  • Music publishers


Required Skills and Abilities  - top

  • Composing, writing
  • Playing musical instruments
  • Working independently
  • Performing
  • Humbleness     
  • Physical stamina
  • Versatility
  • Good stage presence     
  • Poise     
  • Teaching abilities
  • Performance techniques     
  • Ability to use various sound equipment  
  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • Ability to keep audience's interests
  • Networking & self-promotion
  • Teaching singing/music
  • Rehearsing
  • Improvising
  • Creativity
  • Ability to read and write music
  • Singing/instrumental talents
  • Entertaining skills     
  • Communication skills     
  • Perseverance
  • Observation skills     
  • Self-discipline    
  • Basic reading, writing, editing skills



Alumni Resources  - top

(Listed below are examples of SU Alumni and their Jobs in this major-For more alumni resources, go to Mentor Network)

-Stacey Hiltner- Frederick MD 21702- Frederick County Public Schools -Assistant Principal
-Michael Tabb- Salisbury MD 21811 -Mid-South Audio -Sound Tech



Related Links: Further Explore this Career Field - top

Professional Associations:

Acoustical Society of America

American Music Therapy Association

Choosing a Music Career 101

Chorus America - includes job listings and membership details

Musicologists' WWW Sites

Music Library Association

National Association for Music Education (NAfME)

MENC: Early Childhood Special Interest Research Group

Music Journals & Magazines

Music Festivals

What Can You Do With a Music Degree?

Other Career-Relevant Links:

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