Career Development

Music:
Composition/Studio Composition/Studio Production

Discover more about the Mus.B in Composition,  Mus.B Studio Composition and Mus.B in Studio Production and find out about program requirements, courses, and the program faculty.

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 identify cords by sight and ear
  • Ability to read musical traditions worldwide
  • Ability to be flexible/adaptable
  • Ability to accept criticism
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Self-motivation
  • Creativity
  • Patience
  • Problem-solving skills

CAREER TITLES

  • Arranger
  • Artist & Repertoire Person
  • Audio Technician
  • Booking Agent/Manager
  • Composer
  • Conductor
  • Disc Jockey
  • Editor
  • Engineer/Mixer
  • Film Music Director/Editor
  • Foley Artist
  • Live Sound Design/Engineering
  • Lyricist
  • Manager
  • Music Attorney
  • Music Librarian
  • Musical Performer
  • Music Publisher
  • Music Software Programmer
  • Music Shop Manager
  • Music Teacher
  • Promoter
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Publicist
  • Recording Engineer
  • Recording Mixer
  • Recording Director
  • Recording Studio Manager
  • Recording Technician
  • Songwriter
  • Sound Editor
  • Sound Engineer
  • Sound System Design/Engineering
  • Sound Technician
  • Synthesizer Specialist
  • Writer/Music Journalist

TYPES OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT HIRE

  • Television/radio/film
  • Media/entertainment companies
  • Music publishers
  • Performing arts venues
  • Production companies
  • Recording studios
  • Record labels
  • Theaters
  • Colleges/universities/schools  
  • Computer hardware/software companies

CAREER INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION LINKS

www.ascap.com - The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
www.afm.org -American Federation of Musicians of the U.S. and Canada
www.grammy365.com - National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences
www.aes.org - Audio Engineering Society
www.spars.com - Society of Professional Audio Recording Studios
www.composers.com - American Composers Alliance
www.songwritersguild.com - Songwriters Guild of America
www.dramatistsguild.com - Professional association for playwrights, composers & lyricists
www.amc.net - American Music Center
www.americanorchestras.org - League of American Orchestras
www.bmi.com - Broadcast Music Inc.
www.amc-music.com - American Music Conference
www.musicalamerica.com - Subscriber-based and free information industry news and resources
www.filmmusicsociety.org - The Film Music Society
www.ampnow.com - Association of Music Producers
www.ams-net.org - American Musicological Society
www.computermusic.org - International Computer Music Association
www.recordproduction.com - Free site to help and promote new and established talent.
www.careersinmusic.com - Information on music careers
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/music-jobs -  Internships and jobs

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Updated 9/15



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