Careers in Music

There are many careers and job options available to musicians with the talent, skill, and imagination that we help you develop through your academic program.

Most Musicians do a Combination of Jobs and Professional Activities


  • Performer
  • Composer
  • Contractor
  • Teacher
  • Arts administrator
  • Music technologist


Composers work as:

  • Arrangers
  • Orchestrators
  • Film Composers
  • Copyists


Performers find employment as:

  • Conductors
  • Solo and chamber musicians
  • Commercial or studio musicians
  • Ensemble players
  • Freelancers
  • Military ensemble performers

Music Educators

Music educators teach in:

  • Private studios
  • Public schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Community music schools
  • Early childhood music programs (Suzuki, Kindermusik, etc.)

There are many other positions in arts administration; artist management, media music, music retailing, instrument repair, manufacturing, and design, and the recording industry.