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Careers for Music Majors

What is a music major?

At the University of Denver, The Lamont School of music offers Bachelor's degrees in performance, jazz studies and commercial music composition, and master's degrees in music theory and musicology, as well as a variety of certificates and artist diplomas.

Students work with real-world musicians, and have opportunities to play with orchestras, string quartets, jazz groups and other ensembles.

Common job titles held by music majors include:

  • accompanist
  • arranger
  • artistic director
  • artist manager
  • arts administrator
  • arts manager
  • arts philanthropist
  • arts supervisor
  • brand director
  • booking agent
  • broadcast coordinator
  • chamber musician
  • church musician/worship leader
  • conductor
  • copyist
  • copyright expert
  • critic
  • director of music programs
  • film music editor
  • instrumentalist
  • instrument builder
  • instrument designer
  • instrument repair technician
  • instrument salesperson
  • lyricist
  • museum music curator
  • musicologist
  • music blogger
  • music contract lawyer
  • music contractor
  • music distributor
  • music librarian
  • music licensor
  • music marketer
  • music presenter
  • music promoter
  • music publisher
  • music retailer
  • music supervisor
  • music technician
  • music theorist
  • music therapist
  • music writer
  • orchestra contractor
  • orchestra manager
  • orchestral musician
  • orchestrator
  • personal representative
  • piano technician/tuner
  • producer
  • public relations director
  • radio/TV jingle writer
  • recording artist
  • recording engineer
  • recording producer
  • recording studio owner
  • song writer
  • sound designer
  • sound technician
  • studio musician
  • talent agent
  • teacher
  • transcriber
  • travel manager
  • university administrator
  • vocalist
  • vocal coach

Professional skills of music majors

In addition to the careers listed above, music majors are well-suited to fields that require the following skills:

  • auditioning and performance skills
  • attention to detail
  • communication
  • creative thinking
  • focus and concentration
  • improvisation and problem solving
  • knowledge of music history, theory and practical applications
  • leadership
  • memorization
  • discipline
  • collaboration
  • time management and self-motivation
  • vocal/instrumental ability

Is a music major right for you?

Still unsure if you should major in music? Schedule a session with a career counselor, attend our "Choosing a Major" workshop, and attend career events where you can network with employers that hire music majors and alumni who majored in music. Also, schedule a session with the department chair, where you can explore other possible career paths.