Career Opportunities After Graduation

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Musicians enjoy a wide range of career pathways after graduation. With professors who’ve collectively spent many decades in diverse musical fields, you’ll have exposure to a range of options before you walk across the graduation stage.

What are Some of the Career Paths Available to Musicians?

Musicians enjoy a variety of career paths that use a combination of creative, analytical, and entrepreneurial skills. Some of the career paths that may be available to you include the following:

  • Music Educator
  • Music Therapist
  • Musicologist
  • Music Journalist
  • Entertainment Promoter
  • Booking Agent
  • Music Engineer
  • Sound Effects Professional
  • Entertainment Lawyer
  • Community Faith Music Director

What Skills Will I Learn with a Degree in Music?

Music degrees provide students with a vast number of transferable skills that are worth their weight in gold. Some of the skills you’ll learn include the following:

  • Leadership. You’ll find yourself needing to dole out and receive direction as you work with your team.
  • Collaboration. Music requires a give and take as you cooperate with others to achieve your joint musical goals.
  • Entrepreneurship. Whether you’re gigging, vying for critical publication, or trying to find your next big break, all musicians need entrepreneurial skills to practice their craft.
  • Multitasking. All music degrees are multifaceted, requiring you to take classes in different areas of focus each semester. For instance, you might be in a regular classroom, take private lessons, and do field work. This practice allows you to hone your multitasking skills.
  • Flexibility. Most bands don’t need twelve guitar players or thirty-six violins. Being flexible with your skills and how you use them makes you a valuable team player who can jump to the occasion no matter what.

How Do I Find a Job in Music?

Networking is one of the best ways to find a job in any field. Meeting and bonding with as many fellow musicians as you can is a great way to begin to build a network. Universities provide an instant community for any aspiring musician, and many musicians value the connections they began building in college for the rest of their lives.

These days, there are also several digital tools that help aspiring musicians reach for their goals. Useful platforms like music hosting websites, networking websites, and social media are used by musicians in all genres. If you’re interested in music, but don’t want to be in the limelight yourself, these websites can also help you simply get a lay of the land in your intended industry.

The old adage remains true: when you think of job hunting as a job, you’ll hunt until you find the right opportunity. Your career services office can help you sharpen your resume and practice interview skills. Your professors can help you prepare your audition, gather your thoughts, or connect you with the right person. Your peers can rehearse with you, provide moral support, and cheer you on along the way.

Are Internships Available to Music Students?

A rich swatch of internship opportunities are available to music students. Whether you want to be a musicologist, music therapist, music engineer, performer, or something else, members of the Frost School know alumni and other professionals in your field who may be aware of internships. Every semester, the Career Center receives dozens of requests for internships locally, across the country, and around the world. The best internship for you depends on your goals: consulting with your mentors is a great first step in identifying the kinds of opportunities that would be most advantageous for you.

How Can Professors or Peers Help Me Find a Job in Music?

While professors are usually not hiring themselves, they often know of people who are. At a school like Frost where professors know you personally, you can make an impression. Not only may professors know of available positions, but they can provide you with fabulous recommendation letters and serve as references. Many Frost graduates keep in touch with their faculty mentors for decades after they graduate.

As you matriculate, you’ll be working alongside a cohort of devoted peers who have goals much like yours. Once you graduate, you’ll have the opportunity to stay in touch with your cohort through the school’s alumni network. You never know where your current classmates will end up in the future, and you don’t know when they’ll know of an opportunity that will match up perfectly with your career goals and qualifications.

Will I Use Creativity During My Career in Music?

Music is the perfect creative career. Music professionals use creativity in a wide variety of fields. Being able to tap into thinking outside of the job is an increasingly desirable skill for employers globally. Those who are hiring are realizing the value of individuals who can improvise over a regular rhythm, so to speak.

How Can Volunteer Service Aid My Career in Music?

Volunteerism can be a stepping stone to a successful career and an important part of the college experience. Nothing feels better than giving back, and it’s especially easy to participate in college when a host of potential volunteer experiences are available to you. Departments often take on volunteer projects through ongoing partnerships with local organizations. Students often find volunteer work gratifying, with volunteer projects sometimes manifesting in career opportunities after graduation.

What Are the Most Important Credentials to Attain If I Want to Pursue a Career in Music?

The more connections you have, the greater your network will be. That is why pursuing academic degrees in the music field of your choice will greatly impact your range of options for years to come. At the Frost School, you are more than just a number. Your professors will know you by name and be able to keep you in mind as opportunities arise. A degree in music begins with one first step: deciding to apply.