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What is Music?

"Life without music would be a mistake."

- Friedrich Nietzsche 

"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music."

- Aldous Huxley 

"I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to."

- Elvis Presley 

"I'll play it first and tell you what it is later."

- Miles Davis 

Many occupations today require a college educated individual who can write and speak well, solve problems, learn new information quickly and work well with others on a team. This means that college graduates use their education in a wide variety of fields, and your future career may relate more to your personal career interests, work values and transferable skills than any specific academic major. However, the following list contains a representative sample of job titles of former graduates with an Music major. Use this as an idea list, and remember that it represents some, but certainly not all, of the careers you might consider. 

Students obtaining employment immediately upon graduation are usually those with the best college records and a willingness to relocate to find a job. Some of these jobs also require education beyond a bachelors' degree. 


CWU Department of Music

Related Career Titles
Architectural Acoustic MonitorArmed Forces Band MemberArtist & Repertoire (A&R) Person
Arts Administrator/ManagerChurch Music DirectorCommunity Development Specialist
Composer/ArrangerConductorCopyright Specialist
CopywriterCruise DirectorDisc Jockey
Royalties Broadcast MonitorSales RepresentativeSinger
EditorEngineer/MixerFilm Music Editor
Instrument Service & Repair SpecialistJournalistManufacturers Representative
Music AttorneyMusic CopyistMusic Critic
Music PromoterMusic Publishing SpecialistMusic Reporter
Studio MusicianSynthesizer SpecialistTechnical Writer
Music Software ProgrammerMusic Store ManagerMusic Stringer
Music TeacherMusic TherapistMusician
Orchestra LibrarianPiano TunerPublic Relations Specialist
PublicistRecording TechnicianRecreation Director
Tour ManagerUnion ContractorVoice Teacher
Related Major Skills
CreativityEntertaining skills
Observation skillsHumbleness
Good stage presencePerformance techniques
PoiseAbility to read and write music
Ability to keep audience's interestsCommunication skills
Self-disciplinePhysical stamina
Ability to use various sound equipmentSinging/instrumental talents
PerseveranceBasic reading, writing, editing skills
VersatilityTeaching abilities
Adaptability and flexibility 

Job & Internship Search Links

Career Resources for Musicians, http://www.musiccareernetwork.org 

ClassicWeb Music Jobs, http://www.classicweb.com/Jobs.htm 

IE3 Global Internships , http://ie3global.ous.edu/ 

Entertainment Careers.net, http://www.entertainmentcareers.net/ 

US Navy Music Program, http://www.npc.navy.mil/CommandSupport/NavyMusic/ 

Music Professions from Thinkquest, http://www.thinkquest.org/library/ 

American Federation of Musicians, http://www.afm.org/ 

Women in Music National Network, http://www.womeninmusic.com/careers.htm

Applause Careers in Music, http://www.cnvi.com/applause/ 

Solo Performer Music Careers, http://www.soloperformer.com 

Musicians, Singers, and Related Workers - Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH),http://stats.bls.gov/oco/ocos095.htm 

Teacher-Postsecondary from the OOH, http://stats.bls.gov/oco/ocos066.htm 

American Guild of Music, http://www.americanguild.org 

International Business Music Association, http://www.ibma.net 

American College of Musicians, http://pianoguild.com/ 

Association of Concert Bands, http://www.acbands.org/ 

Chamber Music America, http://www.chamber-music.org/ 

Music Critics Association of North America, http://mcana.org 

Society of Composers and Lyricists, http://www.thescl.com 

Society of Professional Audio Recording Services, http://www.spars.com/ 

Guitar and Accessories Marketing Association, http://www.discoverguitar.com/home.html 

Careers in Music, http://www.berklee.edu/careers/ 

Washington State Arts Commission, http://www.arts.wa.gov/ 

Music Library Association, http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/ 

MyMusicJob.com, http://www.mymusicjob.com