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Department of Music

Career Paths

While many graduates have made successful careers as professional music performers or composers, the majority have pursued careers as music teachers in elementary and secondary schools. Those who complete master's degrees have either advanced in public school careers or have gone on to further study and careers as teachers in higher education.

Music majors and minors have also found satisfying careers in the music industry as sales representatives, instrument technicians, recording technicians, artist representatives, and artist managers. Churches employ organists and choir directors, many on a full-time basis. Early childhood teachers and those in recreation related careers also benefit from expertise in music.

What You Can Earn

Public School Teacher
$64,800 (in our region)

Source: HR Reported data from as of November 2023

Music Directors and Composers
$51,800 (mean annual wage)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of november 2023

Full-Time Church Music Director
$46,730 (mean annual wage)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics,

Associate Professor - Music
$85,211 (in our region)

Source: HR Reported Data from as of June 2010

What You Can Do

  • Music Performer or Composer
  • Music Sales Representative
  • Instrument Technician
  • Recording Technician
  • Artist Representative
  • Artist Manager
  • Music Teacher
  • Church Music Director