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Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660.543.4985
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"What Can I Do With a Major in...Music?"

Why Major in Music?

The graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the program to:

  • Understand the basic elements and structures of music history, theory and performance literature.
  • Understand music's relationship to the other arts and how the arts relate to mankind.
  • Use technology in appropriate music applications.
  • Communicate the intellectual (thinking), emotional, and aesthetic (valuing) qualities of music to a diverse society.
  • Perform with appropriate tone, technique and musicality in his/her primary performance medium.

Related Career Titles

Area 1: Jazz-Commercial Music

Band Member Performer
Choir Director Professional Accompanist
Concertmaster Professor/Educator
Conductor Recording Group Member
Music and Education Director Section Leader
Music Librarian Session Musician
Music Salesman Songwriter
Musician Talent Agent

Area 2: Music Technology

Acoustic Installation Engineer Production Coordinator
Audio Engineer Professor/Educator
Audio Technician Recording Engineer
Boom Operator Rerecording Mixer
Digital Remastering Editor Sound Editor
Live-Sound Engineer Sound Engineer
Multimedia Publisher Sound Technician
Music Editor Sound/Production Mixer
Music Video Producer Studio Designer
Post Production Engineer Studio Manager
Producer Talent Agent

Area 3: Performance

Band Member Organist
Choir Director Performer
Clinician Piano Tuner
Concert Pianist Professional Accompanist
Concert Soloist Professor/Educator
Concertmaster Recording Group Member
Conductor Section Leader
Jingle Singer Session Musician
Lyricist Small Ensemble Musician
Music and Education Director Studio Musician
Musician Songwriter
Orchestra Musician Talent Agent

Area 4: Piano Pedagogy

Choir Director Professional Accompanist
Music and Education Director Professor/Educator
Musician Songwriter
Piano Teacher Talent Agent

Related Job Listings/Job Search Website

Acoustical Society of America
Allied Artists
American Composers Alliance
American Guild of Musical Artists
American Music Therapy Association
American Federation of Musicians
American Society of Composers, Authors, Publishers
Americans for the Arts Jobs Banks
Backstage World
Classic Web
Entertainment Careers
Entertainment Jobs
Musical America
Musical Chairs
Music Dish
Music Industry Career Center
Music Jobs USA
Musician Connection
Musicians About Inc.
Recording Industry Association of America
Women in Music

Affiliated Organizations

International Association of Jazz Educators (UCM)
International Tuba and Euphonium Association (UCM)
Music Industry & Recording Association (UCM)
National Association for Music Education (UCM)
Percussive Arts Society
Sigma Alpha Iota (UCM)

Four-Year Academic Plan

Music Major, B.A. Degree
Music Major (Area 1: Instrumental - even year start), B.M. Degree
Music Major (Area 2: Jazz-Commercial Music - even year start), B.M. Degree
Music Major (Area 3: Music Technology), B.M. Degree
Music Major (Area 4: Piano - even year start), B.M. Degree
Music Major (Area 5: Piano Pedagogy - even year start), B.M. Degree
Music Major (Area 6: Vocal - even year start), B.M. Degree


The career paths listed are those which are commonly associated with this area of study and in no way does this site attempt to suggest that these are all of the career paths possible. Some of the career paths listed may require additional education, training, development, licenses and/or certifications. Listings of resources such as job listings, web links, professional organizations, library publications, and other information found on this page are believed to be accurate and true at the time published. The "What Can I Do With A Major In..." database is reviewed and updated every year in July. While no list is truly exhaustive, if you feel something should be added, deleted, changed or updated on this page, please contact the Career Services Center by e-mail at and an out-of-cycle change will be completed.

Who Can Help Me?

Jessica Johnson
Career Development Coordinator