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
Church Music Director
Film Music Editor
Instrument Making and Repair
Music Software Programmer
Music Store Manager
Sound Engineering Technician
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 Conference
American Music Therapy Association
American String Teachers Association
American Symphony Orchestra League
Artistshouse Careers in Music
Association of Performing Arts Presenters
Berklee Careers in Music
Broadcast Music, Inc.
Chamber Music America
Meet the Composer
Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association
Music Business Solutions
Music Critics Association of North America
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
Performing Arts Career Guide
Piano Technicians Guild
Recording Industry Association of America
The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers
The Cantors Assembly
Women in Music National Network
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 opportunitites 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 Central Connections, CCSU's online job, internship, and co-op database, on the CACE website here.
Bilkent University Preparatory School - Band Internship
Carl Fischer, LLC - Music Publishing and Marketing Internship
ESF, Inc. - Creative and Performing Arts Specialist
Sennheiser Electronics Group - Artist Relations/Marketing Communications Internship
Waterbury Symphiny Orchestra - Performing Arts Management Internship