30 Careers in MusicThe following professional areas represent a number of career possibilities in the field of music. Georgetown College music graduates are currently engaged in many of these areas. While some professions require additional training, the foundation for each may begin with a Georgetown College music degree.

Performing Arts

  • POPULAR MUSIC: Television, recording/movie industry, theater, commercial music groups of all types.
  • SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: Thousands of U.S. orchestras of all sizes provide a wide range of opportunity for musicians to perform symphonic music, either part-time or full-time. Conducting or orchestra administration is also a possibility.
  • ARMED FORCES: The Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps each maintain various types of musical organizations and offer career opportunities for musicians.
  • COMPOSING AND ARRANGING: American composers and lyricists are enjoying unprecedented success, particularly in the realm of popular music.
  • OPERA COMPANY: Both vocal and instrumental opportunities are available in this field.

Education

  • MUSIC EDUCATION: Teaching positions are possible at a number of levels for both instrumental and vocal specialists: elementary school, middle or junior high school and senior high school. In addition to teaching positions, there are also public school supervisory positions available in music. With graduate training, a career in higher education is also possible.
  • PRIVATE TEACHING: Private instruction is an ideal part-time occupation, but many musicians choose to operate a full-time studio.

Business

  • MUSIC RETAILING: Retail sales and marketing opportunities are available in a number of areas, including instrumental, amplification, MIDI/computer equipment, sheet music and recording sales. Some areas include repair services.
  • MANUFACTURING: Employment opportunities in manufacturing have grown steadily over the years with increased interest in making music at both the amateur and professional levels.
  • MUSIC PUBLISHING: A multifaceted field composed of interdependent operations, each involving a specific career opportunity.
  • PIANO TUNING: A career in piano tuning/technology may include tuning through complete refurbishing. Tuner-technicians often specialize in a particular facet of the profession.
  • COMPUTER INDUSTRY: Many computer application companies prefer music majors. Must be something about the way music people think …

Recording

  • PRODUCER/ARTIST AND REPERTOIRE: Recording industry careers are available not only in performance, but also in the areas of recording production and talent search.
  • ARRANGING/COPYING/CONTRACTING: A number of behind-the-scenes jobs are available that are related to music industry.
  • RECORDING ENGINEER/MIXING: Every recording session requires a skilled technician who is knowledgeable in the areas of current recording technology and the art of music mixing.

Allied Fields

  • CHURCH MUSIC: Careers in church music can be almost as numerous and varied as the churches themselves. Church music opportunities provide a rewarding medium in which to lead others in music-making, as well as helping the church enrich lives through music.
  • MUSIC THERAPY: Music therapy employs music media to maintain, restore and improve mental and physical health. Opportunities are available at institutions which provide health services. Graduate training is normally required.
  • MUSIC CRITICISM: Many newspapers employ a person whose job it is to review music performances. A strong foundation in both music and writing skills is required.
  • MUSIC LIBRARIAN: Most universities, conservatories, and some colleges have separate music libraries with professional music library directors.