Graduates are prepared to work in various professional capacities, including:
- music criticism and research, ethnomusicology and musicology
- music entrepreneurship, concert management and promotion
- music publishing
- performing in community and professional ensembles in a variety of styles and traditions
- teaching in a private studio or community program
- earning a bachelor’s degree in music education will also provide opportunities to teach public school.
Many graduates pursue a bachelor’s, master's degree or a doctorate in music or another professional field.
Career examples include but are not limited to those shown in the following list. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.
Representative job titles:
- Music Therapy **
- Music Education **
- Private Studio
- Higher Education
** May require additional degrees, certifications and/or education.
Many musicians have multiple income streams. Income streams may include teaching full time in a school setting, teaching private lessons, playing professionally, arranging, composing.
Many performing musicians must have a diverse portfolio of skills related to music in order to obtain many different part-time gigs that will equal a full-time wage. This is true for many seasoned and professional musicians, not just people new in the field.