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What is Music? Related Careers
Related Skills Job & Internship Search Links
Career Planning Links Professional Association Links
Miscellaneous Links OSU Department of Music

What is Music?

According to Google, Music is "the art or sicence of combining vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion."

From the Department of Music, "Four percent of the OSU student body is enrolled in a music program. Of those enrolled, 80 percent are in a performance ensemble and 86% of those enrolled in performance ensembles are not music majors. Music programs filter into all majors across campus and enhance the college experience for so many students.

Corvallis is quickly becoming one of Oregon’s most vibrant centers for the performing arts. OSU music ensembles are an active and visible part of the local arts scene. The beautiful main campus is located within walking distance to Corvallis’ quaint and growing downtown district and most of the city’s performance venues.

At OSU you'll find a dynamic community of people passionate about music. Priding itself as a leader in music education, OSU offers rigorous degree programs in music taught by expert faculty. And all OSU students have the opportunity to select music as a minor. Through small class sizes, students have the advantage of working closely with their music professors while studying within the larger context of a major research university."

Music - What Can I Do with This Degree? pdf - lists the industry areas, employers, and strategies for using your degree.

Related Careers

Architectural Acoustic Monitor Instrument Service Specialist Orchestra Librarian
Armed Forces Band Member Journalist Piano Tuner
Artist & Repertoire (A&R) Manufacturers Representative Public Relations Specialist
Arts Administrator/Manager Music Attorney Publicist
Church Music director Music Copyist Recording Technician
Community Development Music Critic Recreation Director
Composer/Arranger Music Promoter Royalties Broadcast Monitor
Conductor Music Publishing Specialist Sales Representative
Copyright Specialist Music Reporter Singer
Copywriter Music Software Programmer Studio Musician
Cruise Director Music Store Manager Synthesizer Specialist
Disc Jockey Music Stringer Technical Writer
Editor Music Teacher Tour Manager
Engineer/Mixer Music Therapist Union Contractor
Film Music Editor Musician Voice Teacher

Related Skills

Ability to Keep Audiance's Interest Entertaining Skills Physical Stamina
Ability to Read & Write Music Good Stage Presence Poise
Ability to Use Various Sound Equipment Humbleness Self-Discipline
Adaptability & Flexibility Observation Skills Singing/Instrumental Talents
Basic Reading, Writing, & Editing Skills Organization Teaching Abilities
Communication Skills Performance Techniques Versitility
Creativity Perseverance  

Job & Internship Search Links

Music Jobs - An online job resource for finding music careers across the US.

EntertainmentCareers.net - lists positions in entertainment industry.

MusiciansContact.com - lists jobs for musicians and singers, with links to professional organizations and the music industry.

Playbill - provides resources, news, and information for persons interested in theatre arts, with jobs for actors and actresses nationwide and London.

Showbizjobs - lists positions in the film, television, recording, multimedia, and attraction job markets.

Entertainment Careers

Music Industry Career Center



Entertainment Jobs

Classical Music Jobs

American Orchestra Internships

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Employment Opportunities

Orchestral Jobs

Music Jobs Board

Music Education Job Opportunities

Music Teacher Jobs

Career Planning Links

Occupational Outlook Handbook - the following links also provide a summary of the career, what they do, the work environment, how to become one, the job outlook, similar occupations and contacts for more information.

What Can I do with a Major in Music? - CareerThoughts.com has a similar page to this one, which includes career options, expected salary, and job outlook information.

Women in Music - provides information for women in music and music career listings.

Music Professions - learn about music careers that you could enjoy.

Performing Arts and Career Guide - explore careers in the performing arts with job descriptions and information on the job market.

Careers in Music

Music Careers

Careers in Music |Music Jobs |Music Schools & Colleges

Professional Association links

National Association for Music Education - This site will help you decide if you want a career in music, then help guide you on your career search with a glossary of careers, career resources, and available jobs.

American Federation of Musicians - This site will help you "Protect yor music career, Get paid for Recording, Industy Networking." and give you helpful advice. Just know that this site requires a paid membership, but you can still view a variety of information without one. The AFM has quite a few famous musicians as members.

American Music Therapy Association - Music therapy might be the path for your music career. Learn about careers in music therapy, educational options, job listins and scholarship opportunities.

Acoustal Society of America

American Musicological Society

Chorus America

Music Library Association

Miscellaneous Links

Music Journals and Magazines

Music Festivals


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