Uses for Music Degrees

From performance to business, music degrees provide several career opportunities

Music degrees can provide you with a secure future in careers both directly and indirectly related to music. It is important to remember that a Bachelor of Music degree comes with the benefits of an advanced education. Music students will still study the required core subject areas of the university and will be prepared to enter into several occupations.


Becoming a performer is a very real and practical option for someone with a music degree. Musicians who have stage presence, an ability to maintain professional connections, and discipline can succeed as performers in orchestras, small ensembles and even solo careers.


Musicians with music degrees can work in private and public schools; they must obtain the appropriate certification to teach in public schools. Advanced degrees in music also make it possible to pursue professional music positions in universities and colleges.


Musicians have to regularly interact with other musicians, work as a team and pay close attention to what is going on around them. This is excellent training for any business as music teaches students to adapt quickly to change and react appropriately to decisions and group meetings. According to the Live Science website, "Learning to play a musical instrument changes the brain, leading to a slew of potential benefits, including improved learning and understanding of language." These are essential skills for many professional business people; some with music degrees move into administrative positions with orchestras and other arts organizations.

Graduate and Specialized Schools 

According to the Peabody Institute "There are doctors, lawyers, and psychologists out there who did their undergraduate work in music." Musicians are commonly accepted into medical school, law school and graduate programs in non-musical fields. The skills and discipline required to learn an instrument are applicable to any professional field of study. Musicians are accustomed to practicing long hours and studying abstract theoretical concepts. This sort of training is invaluable in many careers.

References Peabody Institute: What Can You Do With a Music Degree [] Live Science: Music "Tones the Brain" []


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