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Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660.543.4985
Fax: 660.543.4668


"What Can I Do With a Major in...Music?"

Why Major in Music?

Bachelor of Arts Degree
Bachelor of Music Degree
Bachelor of Music Education

The graduate with a Bachelor 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.
  • Perform at the highest possible level in his/her primary performance medium.
  • Articulate essential elements of music and music performance.
  • Demonstrate functional piano performance skills.

US Dept. of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook

Related Career Titles

Area 1: Jazz-Commercial Music

Band MemberPerformer
Choir DirectorProfessional Accompanist
ConductorRecording Group Member
Music and Education DirectorSection Leader
Music LibrarianSession Musician
Music SalesmanSongwriter
MusicianTalent Agent

Area 2: Music Technology

Acoustic Installation EngineerProduction Coordinator
Audio EngineerProfessor/Educator
Audio TechnicianRecording Engineer
Boom OperatorRerecording Mixer
Digital Remastering EditorSound Editor
Live-Sound EngineerSound Engineer
Multimedia PublisherSound Technician
Music EditorSound/Production Mixer
Music Video ProducerStudio Designer
Post Production EngineerStudio Manager
ProducerTalent Agent

Area 3: Performance

Band MemberOrganist
Choir DirectorPerformer
ClinicianPiano Tuner
Concert PianistProfessional Accompanist
Concert SoloistProfessor/Educator
ConcertmasterRecording Group Member
ConductorSection Leader
Jingle SingerSession Musician
LyricistSmall Ensemble Musician
Music and Education DirectorStudio Musician
Orchestra MusicianTalent Agent

Area 4: Piano Pedagogy

Choir Director Professional Accompanist
Music and Education DirectorProfessor/Educator
Musician Songwriter
Piano TeacherTalent 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: B.A. Degree   
Music: B.M. Degree 
Music B.M.E.  Degree (Vocal)
Music: B.M.E. Degree (Instrumental)


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