Performance


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

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  

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

Employment Strategies

  1. Identify areas of interest related to your major so you can focus your academics and experiences towards these fields. 
     
  2. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent studies, internshipspart-time jobsstudent organization involvement, or volunteering
     
  3. Register for Hire Jayhawks and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information. 
     
  4. 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. 
     
  5. Practice interviewing on your own or by conducting a mock interview at the University Career Center. 
     
  6. Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest.
     
  7. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals. 
     
  8. Complete an independent study to gain advanced research skills. 
     
  9. Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school. 
     
  10. Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest.