Music majors most often teach and/or perform. However, there are a number of music-related
fields that you may want to consider such as broadcasting, publishing and the movie
Representative Job Titles and Areas of Specialization
Nature of the Work
Many professional musicians work for major symphony orchestras and regional orchestras.
Some also work in opera, musical comedy, ballet and movie recording.
A large number of Music majors teach in colleges, universities, music conservatories,
elementary and secondary schools, or are self-employed. Many teach music and perform.
Music librarians work for large performing groups. They assist conductors in making
adjustments to musical scores, order new music, keep the music library in order, and
correspond with future guest conductors.
Large public libraries and special music libraries hire librarians with specialized
musical knowledge. Music librarians typically acquire and catalog books, musical scores,
periodicals, and recordings. Some combine their library duties with scholarly research.
Places of Employment
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Competition for jobs as a professional musician is fierce no matter what level of
degree you have.
If you are interested in being a music librarian, you would need a bachelor's degree
in music and a master's in library science.
Arts organizations prefer to hire individuals with a broad knowledge of the arts and
previous experience with an arts organization. You can gain experience as a college
student by pursuing an internship or volunteering for an arts organization in your
If you want to teach at a college or university, you will need a master of arts or
a master of fine arts degree. Many faculty members possess a Ph.D. or a D.M.A. (a
doctorate in musical performance).
For further information and/or career counseling contact the UCR Career Center, (951)
The following documents may provide further ideas for exploration.