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What Can I Do With A Major in Music?

Music is an auditory art form incorporating instrumental or vocal tones as its medium. Common elements of music are pitch, rhythm, dynamics, and the sonic qualities of timbre and texture. Music, as a word, originates from the Greek word, mousike, or “the art of the Muses”. Most often defined as a performing art, music has been created, performed, and defined within numerous cultural and social contexts around the world.

Some students pursue careers closely related to music, such as performers, educators, songwriters, conductors, arrangers, composers and actors. Others choose careers behind the scenes, or in the business area of music in careers such as producers, engineers, managers, agents, and in publishing and sales.

Full- and part-time faculty here at CCSU specialize in bass, bassoon, cello, clarinet, composition, computer technology, euphonium, flute, guitar, harp, horn, oboe, organ, percussion, piano, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, tuba, viola, violin, and voice.

Visit CCSU’s Music Department webpage here.

Sample of Related Occupations

Arts Administrator/Manager

Church Music Director

Disc Jockey

Film Music Editor

Instrument Making and Repair


Music Composer

Music Conductor

Music Critic

Music Librarian

Music Promoter

Music Software Programmer

Music Store Manager

Music Professor

Music Therapist


Recording Technician



Sound Engineering Technician

Tour Manager

Voice Teacher

For additional information on each occupation or any others you may be considering, please visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook, a nationally recognized source of career information, put together by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Professional Associations & Additional Career Information

American Composers Forum

American Federation of Musicians

American Federation of Television and Radio Artists

American Guild of Musical Artists

American Guild of Organists

American Music Therapy Association

American Symphony Orchestra League

Artistshouse Careers in Music

Association of Performing Arts Presenters

Berklee Careers in Music

Broadcast Music, Inc.

Chamber Music America

Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association

Music Library Association

Music Publishers’ Association

Music Teachers National Association

National Association for Music Education

National Association of Schools of Music

National Music Publishers Association

National Piano Foundation

New Music USA

Performing Arts Career Guide

Piano Technicians Guild

Recording Industry Association of America

The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers

The Cantors Assembly

Internships, Co-ops and Employment Opportunities

Music majors may find experiential opportunities or employment in a number of areas depending on your skills, abilities and experience. Career-related internships and co-op placements are a great avenue to establishing yourself as a qualified candidate for full-time, professional-level career opportunities after graduation.

The following list of employers and job titles shows opportunities where the employer was specifically looking for music majors. This list is meant to be a resource for further career-related investigation and DOES NOT REFLECT current openings. To look for current openings, please visit College Central Network, CCSU's online job, internship, and co-op database, on the Career Success Center website here.

ESF, Inc. - Creative and Performing Arts Specialist

Sennheiser Electronics Group - Artist Relations/Marketing Communications Internship

Waterbury Symphiny Orchestra - Performing Arts Management Internship