The KU School of Music offers a BA, BM, and BFA in several academic disciplines, including brass and percussion, jazz, music theory and composition, musicology, organ, piano, strings, theatre and voice, voice, woodwinds, and music business.
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Sample Career Paths in Performance
Performance: Involves conducting, playing an instrument, and/or singing.
Business: Includes managing artists, negotiating contracts, and arranging events/performances for musicians.
Education: Could involve private instruction and/or teaching music in a school setting.
Possible Employers in Performance
- Amusement Parks
- Armed Forces Bands and Orchestras
- Ballet Productions
- Church Choirs
- Clubs and Restaurants
- Community Choral Groups
- Cruise Lines
- Musical Theaters
- Opera Companies
- Radio, Television, and Motion Picture Industries
- Recording Industries
- Rock or Jazz Groups
- Self-Employed/Small Business Owner
- Small Ensembles
- Public/Private Schools
Possible Job Titles in Performance
- Arts Administrator/Manager
- Band Director
- Choir Director
- Concert Soloist
- Cruise Director
- Disc Jockey/Announcer
- Film Music Editor
- Instrument Service Specialist
- Music Promoter
- Music Software Programmer
- Music Store Manager
- Private Music Teacher
- Public Relations Specialist
- Recording Sound Engineer/Mixer
- Recreation Director
- Sales Representative
- School Music Teacher
- Section Leader/Section Member
- Studio Musician
- Tour Manager/Coordinator
- Voice Coach
Strategies for Finding Employment in Performance
- Identify the area of music performance that interests you most and pursue courses and experiences that allow you to explore these interests further
- Develop skills and knowledge in composition, harmony, arranging, and theory as well as computer and desktop publishing experience
- Become familiar with the required professional qualifications (i.e., Advanced degrees, licensure and/or certifications) for occupations you are considering
- Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through internships, part-time jobs, student organization involvement, or volunteering
- Set up email alerts through KU Career Connections and join the Internship Listserv to receive automated weekly emails (see sample) with industry specific internship information.
- Join professional associations related to music performance and, if possible, attend local and/or regional music conferences and workshops to make connections with professionals in your field
- Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals.
- Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school.
- Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest, such as: KU Band, Composers Guild at The University of Kansas, Genuine Imitation A Cappella Group, Music Mentors, KU Percussion Club, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, School of Music Ambassador's Club, or Telharmonium
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