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Music

Major Information

While special knowledge of specific subject matter is necessary for certain occupational settings, not all employment settings require specialization. Some employers prefer liberal arts graduates who possess broad liberal skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, management and administration, and communication. These functional transferable skills combined with specific content knowledge are most usable and marketable in a broad span of occupational settings.  **AUDITION REQUIRED

General Information

Degree(s) Offered:

  • Bachelor of Music in Music Education (Choral or Instrumental Track)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music
  • Bachelor of Music (Concentrations in Composition and Performance)
  • Master of Music (Concentrations in Composition, Conducting, Music Education, Music Technology, and Performance) 

Sample Occupations

  • Accompanist
  • Arranger/Composer
  • Artistic Director
  • Arts Administrator
  • Booking Agent
  • Broadcast/Theater Technical Director
  • Cabaret Entertainer
  • Choral Director
  • Church Musician
  • Commercial Music Producer
  • Concert Promoter
  • Contractor
  • Copyright Lawyer
  • Disk Jockey (DJ)
  • Ethno-Musicologist
  • Event Music Consultant
  • House/Stage Manager
  • Instrument Maker/ Repairer
  • Instrument Tuner/ Technician
  • Instrumentalist
  • Interpreter/ Translator
  • Lyricist/Poet/ Creative Writer
  • Mastering Engineer
  • Media Production Specialist
  • Multimedia Consultant
  • Music Administrator
  • Music Critic
  • Music Director
  • Music Engineer
  • Music Historian
  • Music Librarian
  • Music Professor/ Teacher
  • Music Publisher
  • Music Therapist
  • Musicologist
  • Orchestra Conductor
  • Orchestrator
  • Percussionist
  • Performer
  • Private Teacher
  • Production Coordinator
  • Publicity Director
  • Radio/Television Manager
  • Television Music Director
  • Record Producer
  • Researcher
  • Road Manager
  • Studio Owner
  • Sound Effects Technician
  • Sound Engineer
  • Staff Publicist
  • Stage Director
  • Stage Technician
  • Talent Agent
  • Theater Manager
  • Theater Producer
  • Tour Coordinator
  • Video Director

Sample Work Settings

  • Armed Forces
  • Churches/ Synagogues
  • Conservatories
  • Colleges/ Universities
  • Concert Halls
  • Cruise Ships
  • Entertainment Centers
  • Film Production Companies
  • Home Studios
  • Instrument Repair Shops
  • Instrument Stores
  • Law Practice
  • Video Game Companies
  • Music Libraries
  • Music Publishing Companies
  • Newspapers/ Magazines
  • Private Parties/ Events
  • Public School Systems
  • Publishers
  • Recording Studios
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Theatre Companies
  • Theme Parks
  • TV Studios

Sample Employers

  • Savannah-Chatham County Public School System
  • Louisiana State University
  • Comcast Cable
  • BE Music & Entertainment
  • State Farm
  • Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts
  • Edgewater Fullscope
  • DeKalb County Board of Health

Connecting Majors, Skills, and Occupations

  • View learning outcomes associated with your major in the Georgia Southern Academic Catalog:

Georgia Southern Academic Catalog

  • Explore the connection between occupations and skills in O*Net:

www.onetonline.org

  • Use Handshake to upload your résumé and explore internships and jobs. For more information:

www.georgiasouthern.edu/ocpd

Internet Resources

To explore values, interests, and skills:

FOCUS 2 bit.ly/focuscareer

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) – $15

Self Directed Search – $15

https://students.georgiasouthern.edu/career/s tudents/assessments/

To explore occupational outlooks and salaries:

National Compensation Survey

www.bls.gov/ncs/

National Association of College and Employers  (NACE) 

http://www.naceweb.org/salary resources/index.aspx 

Professional Organizations

National Association of Schools of Music

nasm.arts-accredit.org/

American Federation of Musicians

www.afm.org

American Guild of Musical Artists

www.musicalartists.org

American Music Therapy Association

www.musictherapy.org/

Musicians Foundation 

www.musiciansfoundation.org/

International Computer Music Association

www.computermusic.org/

Georgia Southern Student Organizations

  • National Association for Music Education Collegiate
  • GSU Chapter of American Choral Directors Association
  • Society of Composers, Inc.
  • Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
  • Sigma Alpha Iota
  • Tau Beta Sigma
  • Kappa Kappa Psi

Last updated: 7/26/2022