What can I do with this discipline/major?
For helpful resources on your career opportunities, explore the “What Can I Do with
This Major” guides for music.
Some common career titles for this major include:
- Musicians and Singers
- Postsecondary Teachers
- Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers
- Music Directors or Composers
For additional career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook
for hundreds of occupations, visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Internships and Research Opportunities
Getting applied experience in your field is critical. The following resources will
allow you to learn more about your department’s opportunities and process, as well
introduce you to other major-specific internship posting resources. For more information,
email Michael Decker, music department internship coordinator.
Careers and Jobs
The resources below are a starting point for your job search. In addition to making
use of the Internet to do research, we encourage you to talk to people in the fields
you are interested in (don’t forget to use TU’s Career Mentor Database) to learn more about specific opportunities and organizations.
Sample Resumes and Interview Questions
For major specific resume samples, we encourage you to look at the Sample Music Resume (PDF) in addition to our Sample Resume Database.
Below are sample interview questions for your field. In preparing for the interview,
you’ll also want to review common interview questions (PDF) asked of all majors, thoroughly research the organization, dress professionally,
and visit the interview skills section of the Career Center’s website. You can practice your interview skills online
via Big Interview or schedule a mock interview with a Career Center staff member.
Common industry related questions
- Describe how you would determine the selections you would program for a concert.
- What is the inspiration behind your original pieces?
- What style of music do you like to play? Why?
- What instruments do you know how to play?
- What is the hardest part about being in the music field?
- From where does your love for music stem?
- Would you say that you can efficiently teach a non-music individual how to read notes?
Professional associations offer many benefits to students, often including reduced-price
membership, mentorship programs, “careers in…” information, job and internship listings,
field-related conferences and publications, and much more. Be sure to check out sections
on the associations’ websites related to students, education, careers, etc.
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