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A Music Degree: The Beat to Your Own Drum

Updated on January 6, 2018
Having a degree in music is more than having a job as a music after graduation. It's about what you can do inside and/or outside of performing music.
Having a degree in music is more than having a job as a music after graduation. It's about what you can do inside and/or outside of performing music. | Source

The Wonderful Sound of Being Music Major

Obviously, someone with a degree in music would have a performing career and/or teaching music. That's just a couple options this degree has to offer. In fact, a music degree can range from performing to non-performing careers and jobs that you have never knew. As a music major, your practicing hours will be long, you will be learn about international music traditions, perform a senior solo recitals, have rehearsals regularly, and most importantly have the love and appreciation for music. You do not have to know that difference between a clef and a coda to have a job involving music. A passion for music something that you must have for the chosen occupation.

There are three places where you can be a music major: large universities, small, private liberal arts college with great performing arts program and small conservatories. However, these institutions of higher learning do have their differences. Large universities have more of a balance that college life. You would get to enjoy dorms, football games, Greek fraternities and sororities, extracurricular activities, general education courses, etc. Meanwhile, conservatories are small level, arts-focused institutions where everyone in the student body is either music or drama major. You would be take some foreign language course since about most music are in Italian and/or courses about the music business. However, you might have some housing issues and there are no Greek life nor football games. By the way you reach your senior, you might have to put on a recital.

As a music major, there are three degrees that are offered to you. A BA (Bachelor of Arts) could include a concentration in music. BM (Bachelor of Music) is mostly offered in conservatories, more depth into music and has more courses that are in music theory, music history, and performance. A BS (Bachelor of Science) would on depend on what institute of higher learning that you would attend. You might take courses in music technology and/or courses that is not relate to music at all.

The Sound of Careers

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In this music occupation, a musicologist studies music in a scholarly level.This particular clinician uses music  to improve a patient's health emotionally, physically and socially.This type of instructor helps singers care for, develop, and improve their voice.There are types of music attorneys/lawyers: litigators (courtroom lawyers) and transnational (non-courtroom lawyers). While litigators handle contract disputes or copywriter infringement, transnational lawyers tries to avoid disputes.This job is more than just waving  a baton. Conductors set the music's tempo and shape the  ensemble's sound.Not only promoters organize events, and book performers, they got to advertise so their will be profits. A promoter is also responsible for  creating demos, press packages, marketing plans and be in touch with music industry trends. A curator of music's job is putting together, presenting and managing music collections.If a singer or musician needs someone to provide  music to his or her or their performance, that is the job for an accompanist.This type of pubisher works for a music publishing company who's job it is to look after song rights, licensing issues, accounting and royalties.A disc jockey (or deejay DJ for short) these use technology and sometimes.gramophone records to mix music. They also provide music and entertainment for events and night clubs.
In this music occupation, a musicologist studies music in a scholarly level.
In this music occupation, a musicologist studies music in a scholarly level. | Source
This particular clinician uses music  to improve a patient's health emotionally, physically and socially.
This particular clinician uses music to improve a patient's health emotionally, physically and socially. | Source
This type of instructor helps singers care for, develop, and improve their voice.
This type of instructor helps singers care for, develop, and improve their voice. | Source
There are types of music attorneys/lawyers: litigators (courtroom lawyers) and transnational (non-courtroom lawyers). While litigators handle contract disputes or copywriter infringement, transnational lawyers tries to avoid disputes.
There are types of music attorneys/lawyers: litigators (courtroom lawyers) and transnational (non-courtroom lawyers). While litigators handle contract disputes or copywriter infringement, transnational lawyers tries to avoid disputes. | Source
This job is more than just waving  a baton. Conductors set the music's tempo and shape the  ensemble's sound.
This job is more than just waving a baton. Conductors set the music's tempo and shape the ensemble's sound. | Source
Not only promoters organize events, and book performers, they got to advertise so their will be profits. A promoter is also responsible for  creating demos, press packages, marketing plans and be in touch with music industry trends.
Not only promoters organize events, and book performers, they got to advertise so their will be profits. A promoter is also responsible for creating demos, press packages, marketing plans and be in touch with music industry trends. | Source
A curator of music's job is putting together, presenting and managing music collections.
A curator of music's job is putting together, presenting and managing music collections. | Source
If a singer or musician needs someone to provide  music to his or her or their performance, that is the job for an accompanist.
If a singer or musician needs someone to provide music to his or her or their performance, that is the job for an accompanist. | Source
This type of pubisher works for a music publishing company who's job it is to look after song rights, licensing issues, accounting and royalties.
This type of pubisher works for a music publishing company who's job it is to look after song rights, licensing issues, accounting and royalties. | Source
A disc jockey (or deejay DJ for short) these use technology and sometimes.gramophone records to mix music. They also provide music and entertainment for events and night clubs.
A disc jockey (or deejay DJ for short) these use technology and sometimes.gramophone records to mix music. They also provide music and entertainment for events and night clubs. | Source

The Sound of Careers

Behind the Scenes: Arranger, artist, builder, composer, conductor, designer, director, engineer, engraver, producer, orchestrator, owner, piano tuner, publishing, supervisor, technician, transcriber

Business: Administration, assistant, contactor, curator, demonstrator, entrepreneur, event planner, marketing, management, merchandising, sales representative, sponsor

Entertainment: Accompanist, artist, deejay/DJ, ensemble, musician, organist, pianist, performer, singer

Education: Curator, demonstrator, historian, lecturer, librarian, instructor, musicologist, professor, research, teacher, tutor, vocal coach

Law: Attorney, lawyer

Medicine: clinician, therapist

Media: App development, blogger, booking, copywriter, critic fundraiser, journalist, librarian, lyricist, marketer, promoter, publicist, public relations, publishing, radio, strategist, voice over, writer



Music Terms

These terms are in Italian language.

Baritone:

Bass:

Contralto:

Countertenor:

Falsetto:

Mezzo-Soprano

Soprano:

Tenor:


6 (or so) Jobs You Can Get With a Music Degree

Famous Music Majors

  1. Tori Amos-The Peabody Insitute
  2. Stanley Clarke-University of the Arts

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