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The KU School of Music offers a BA, BM, and BFA in several academic disciplines, including brass and percussion, jazz, music theory and composition, musicology, organ, piano, strings, theatre and voice, voice, woodwinds, and music business, as well as a MM, MME, DMA, and PhD.

School of Music website

 

 

Sample of Related Skills

  • Hear, identify, and work with musical elements: rhythm, pitch, harmony, structure, timbre, texture
  • Read and realize musical notation fluently
  • Recognize and articulate an understanding of compositional process and musical style with reference to artists, technologies, events, and cultural forces through the major periods of music history
  • Use research tools and analysis independently to develop, defend, and write musical judgments
  • Demonstrate technical, musical, and interpretive skill in solo and ensemble performance, in a variety of formal and informal settings
  • Develop familiarity with an appropriately representative body of solo and ensemble music literature, and an awareness of applicable performance practices
  • Perform capably as a soloist and within an ensemble
  • Organize the sounds of music through basic composition

Popular Career Paths

Performance: Involves conducting, playing an instrument, and/or singing.

Business: Includes managing artists, negotiating contracts, and arranging events/performances for musicians.

Education: Could involve private instruction and/or teaching music in a school setting.


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Jobs to Consider

Arts Administrator/Manager

Band Director

Choir Director

Composer/Arranger

Concert Soloist

Conductor

Cruise Director

Disc Jockey/Announcer

Film Music Editor

Instrument Service Specialist

Music Promoter

Music Software Programmer

Music Store Manager

Musician

Organist

Private Music Teacher

Public Relations Specialist

Publicist/Promoter

Recording Sound Engineer/Mixer

Recreation Director

Sales Representative

School Music Teacher

Section Leader/Section Member

Studio Musician

Tour Manager/Coordinator

Voice Coach

 


Places to Seek Employment

Amusement Parks

Armed Forces Bands and Orchestras

Ballet Productions

Church Choirs

Clubs and Restaurants

Community Choral Groups

Cruise Lines

Dancebands

Musical Theaters

Opera Companies

Orchestras

Radio, Television, and Motion Picture Industries

Recording Industries

Rock or Jazz Groups

Self-Employed/Small Business Owner

Small Ensembles

Public/Private Schools

 

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Job and Internship Search Resources

  • Acoustical Society of America - society dedicated to increasing knowledge of acoustics and its applications. Offers a job search function, as well as graduate school information.​
  • American Federation of Musicians Career Corner - association representing professional musicians. Offers a comprehensive career information for emerging musicians, as well as other scholarship information 
  • Chorus America - non-profit organization for choral music. Promotes professional, volunteer, and youth choruses. Provides a listing of choral industry job openings
  • Entertainment Careers.net - search for jobs and internships at studios, networks, production companies, record companies, TV and radio stations, VFX, animation, and broadcasting​
  • League of American Orchestras - search for internships in the music performance field
  • Media Web Source - search for music jobs and other related careers​
  • Musical Chairs - search for performance, teaching, and administration jobs in classical music
  • Music Job - search for music jobs in the United Kingdom, Germany, Brazil, and the United States​
  • Music Resources on the Internet - provides a list of links to music related careers such as classical, commercial, folk, and jazz resources​
  • MusicianWages.com - search for job vacancies such as pianists, guitarists, drummers, bassists, bands, music teacher, horns, and more. Also provides information on musician resumes, business cards, and how to obtain a job on a cruise ship
  • MyMusicJob.com - search for jobs in music across the United States
  • Orchestral Jobs - search for orchestral jobs around the world
  • ShowBizJobs.com - job search function for finding a job in the entertainment business

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