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.
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.
Explore More Career Paths
- American Musicological Society - professional organization that provides music related career information
Jobs to Consider
- Arts Administrator/Manager
- Band Director
- Choir Director
- Concert Soloist
- Cruise Director
- Disc Jockey/Announcer
- Film Music Editor
- Instrument Service Specialist
- Music Promoter
- Music Software Programmer
- Music Store Manager
- Private Music Teacher
- Public Relations Specialist
- 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
- Musical Theaters
- Opera Companies
- Radio, Television, and Motion Picture Industries
- Recording Industries
- Rock or Jazz Groups
- Self-Employed/Small Business Owner
- Small Ensembles
- Public/Private Schools
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
- Musical Chairs - search for international 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
- My Music Job - search for jobs in music across the United States
- Orchestral Jobs - search for orchestral jobs around the world
- Show Biz Jobs - job search function for finding a job in the entertainment business
Career Exploration Hub
- Identify areas of interest related to your major so you can focus your academics and experiences towards these fields.
- Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent studies, internships, part-time jobsstudent organization involvement, or volunteering
- Register for Hire Jayhawks and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
- Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field.
- Practice interviewing on your own or by conducting a mock interview at the University Career Center.
- Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest.
- Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals.
- Complete an independent study to gain advanced research skills.
- Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school.
- Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest.