Forgotten Majors Series: What Can I Do with a Music Degree?

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Student, English Education, Purdue University

Apr   2012

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This 10-part series will look at those forgotten majors: the ones that do not seem to have job fairs, the ones that people ask, “What will you do with that?” and the ones that students themselves ask, “I like the subject, but what do I do with my degree now?”

Likes listening to and analyzing music.

Enjoys and appreciates good music.

Has a knowledge of musical genres, artists, and composers.

Longs to spend time learning about music.

If this describes you, a degree in music might be a good fit. Thought it’s a competitive industry, there is a range of options for students looking to major in a music-related field.

Musical producer or recording engineer

Music producers use technology and their advanced skills with mixing and editing sound tracks, creating new mixtures and compositions. Producers use computer skills and advancing technology in order to create new music for song writers and musicians.

Songwriter

Music majors who also have an appreciation for writing and word play might find that song writing is the perfect fit for them. Songwriters can get the same sense of accomplishment of getting something published and having their voices heard. Writing lyrics is seen as a more creative approach because there are freedoms and liberties that can be questioned and expanded in the music industry, more so than the publishing field.

Music therapist

For those who have a love for music, but they also want to work with people and have a job in which they feel they’re making a difference in people’s lives, a career in music therapy might be the ideal choice. Music therapy offers the ability to not only work with music, but also help people overcome emotional and mental disabilities in a new and creative therapy approach that might be the needed treatment for some.

Musical performance

Whether it’s an orchestra or rock band, there’s always a demand for live music. Not everyone will make it big, but musical performance can often lead to other careers too, like teaching.

Skills music majors have:

  • Listening Comprehension
  • Rhythmic appreciation 
  • Knowledge of sound technology

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About Megan Sietsma

Megan Sietsma

Megan Sietsma is a student at Purdue University, pursuing a degree in English education with a minor in Linguistics and Reading, and plans to graduate in May 2012. Megan also currently works as a Technical Writer and Research Assistant with Institute for P-12 Engineering Research and Learning (INSPIRE) at Purdue University. Megan stays active on campus and in the community through her involvement with Purdue University Dance Marathon, Junior Achievement, and the Greater Lafayette Holocaust Remembrance Conference. Outside of school and work, Megan enjoys reading, creative writing, watching movies, and spending time with her family and friends.

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