Career Development

Music:  Performance

Discover more about the performance programs in the Conservatory of Music that lead to a  Bachelor of Music (Mus.B.) degree and find out about program requirements, courses and the program faculty.

Performance–Instrumental:
Areas of concentration:
- Strings (includes harp)
- Piano (includes organ and harpsichord)
- Brass
- Percussion
- Woodwinds
- Classical Guitar
Performance:
Jazz Studies
Performance: Voice and Opera Studies

Career Possibilities

The following is a list of some career possibilities that students in this major might find rewarding. Remember, that your major does not necessarily determine your career. Graduates use their academic majors in a variety of professional fields. The options below can be used as a starting point to explore potential career paths, however, you may also want to investigate more using recommended resources to gain a more comprehensive list of careers. Keep in mind that additional education, training, and experiential education beyond your major may be needed to pursue these possibilities.

ACQUIRED SKILLS

  • Musical expression
  • Ability to analyze musical works
  • Ability to concentrate intensely
  • Ability to listen introspectively
  • Time management skills
  • Ability to perform solo/group recitals
  • Ability to identify cords by sight and ear
  • Ability to read musical traditions worldwide
  • Ability to be flexible/adaptable
  • Ability to accept criticism
  • Ability to attract the attention of others
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Self-motivation
  • Creativity
  • Patience
  • Problem-solving skills

CAREER TITLES

  • Arranger
  • Arts Administrator/Manager
  • Artist & Repertoire Person
  • Booking Agent/Manager
  • Choir Director
  • Choral Director
  • Disc Jockey
  • Composer
  • Concert Promoter  
  • Conductor
  • Instrument Design/Restoration
  • Instrumentalist 
  • Music Attorney
  • Music Publisher
  • Music Shop Manager  
  • Music Teacher
  • Music Therapist
  • Musician
  • Opera Singer
  • Recording Studio Manager
  • Religious Service Musician
  • Section Member/Leader
  • Session Musician
  • Singer/Performer
  • Studio Musician
  • Talent Agent
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Writer/Music Journalist
  • Voice Teacher
  • Voice Over Artist

TYPES OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT HIRE 

  • Entertainment venues
  • Performing arts organizations
  • Production companies
  • Record companies
  • Recording Studios
  • Television/radio/film
  • Media/Entertainment companies
  • Colleges/universities/schools
  • Entertainment law firms
  • Magazines and newspapers
  • Music publishers
  • Music stores (retail)  
  • Theaters
  • Computer Hardware/Software Companies

CAREER INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION LINKS

www.afm.org -American Federation of Musicians of the U.S. and Canada
www.americanorchestras.org - League of American Orchestras
www.bmi.com - Broadcast Music Inc.
www.soloperformer.com – Solo Performers
www.amc-music.com - American Music Conference
www.musicalartists.org - American Guild of Musical Artists
www.musictherapy.org - American Music Therapy Association
www.musicalamerica.com - Subscriber-based and free information industry news and resources
www.classicalsinger.com - Listings of auditions & competitions, news and more
www.bakitone.com - Music Competitions by Bakitone International
www.filmmusicsociety.org - The Film Music Society
www.artswestchester.org – A guide to arts in Westchester - events, grants, links to local artists, internships, etc. 
www.bls.gov/oco - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job descriptions, growth forecasts & salary

JOB SEARCH LINKS

www.purchase.edu/careerdevelopment - Click on Purchase JobScore to access jobs posted for Purchase students and alumni 
www.Getthatgig.com - internships and job searches; interviews and career advice from working musicians
www.mymusicjob.com - Music jobs
www.mbsolutions.com – Music business solutions
www.entertainmentcareers.net –Internships and jobs
www.music-jobs.com - Job search
www.myauditions.com - Performing arts career resources/job search. Subscriber-based and free services
www.musicstaff.com - Advertise yourself as a music teacher.  Subscriber-based and free services
www.musicalchairs.info - Orchestral job vacancies world wide
jobs.musicalamerica.com - Jobs in music/performing arts

Additional Resources Available at the CDC

Updated 8/15


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