Last Updated: Apr 13, 2012
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.
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.
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.
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