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Enhance your music skills

Enhance your music skills

Career opportunities for music majors

If there is one question that career counselors & faculty advisors are asked more frequently than all others by students seeking assistance with career planning, it's this: "What can I do with this major" Usually, an undergraduate student in sciences and liberal arts is really developing an in-depth expertise in just one area.

Consequently, a better question to present would be able to be: "What skill am I developing in my major, and how might I explore careers that would require these skills?".

Study in the field of music offers a general creative education as well as analysis and skills in communication that are necessary in most careers. Usually, a major in music prepares a student for work in public relations, advertising, communications, business, performing arts, publishing and education.

Skills needed

  • Administration/management
  • Awareness of music history
  • Awareness of other cultures
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to recognize raw musical talent
  • Ability to describe ideas clearly
  • Ability to help others develop skills
  • Analytical ability
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work with people under tight deadlines & pressure
  • Creativity
  • Confidence
  • Determining quality
  • Fluency in sight reading, transposing or improvising
  • Knowledge of instrumental literature
  • Knowledge of genres and styles
  • Logical reasoning
  • Organization
  • Patience
  • Perfected performance skill on at least one instrument or voice
  • Problem Solving
  • Research/information gathering
  • Verbal and written ability
  • Vocal and instrumental knowledge

Suggestions to Enhance your music skills

  • Learn how to use composing software.
  • Learn to play a variety of instruments.
  • DJ at the dances and activities at Brandy's.
  • Volunteer at local elementary or high schools to help students learn music.
  • Develop business relationships with schools and/or music stores to increase client base/network.
  • Join the Entertainment Committee.
  • Take advantage of the opportunities with UWRF campus choir.
  • Work as a band camp counselor.
  • Gain internship experience at local radio stations.
  • Join the UWRF orchestra or band.
  • DJ at WRFW.
  • Become involved in competitions, apprenticeship programs & workshops to gain experience & recognition.
  • Become involved in campus event planning.
  • Participate in campus theater productions and musicals.
  • Learn how to use electronic instruments & synthesizers.