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Career Opportunities With a Major in Music Education

The Music Education degree prepares students for careers teaching instrumental, choral and general music at K-12 levels. It provides a foundation for developing careers in music business, arts administration and other arts-related specialties. Music students also find employment with music technology and the mental disciplines learned in music theory.

MSU Denver Music Education Department


Skills Related to Music Education

  • An interest in teaching or training

  • Good communication skills

  • Able to analyze, interpret, and appropriately convey musical background / theories to others

  • Knowledge of scales / music / composition

  • Ability to practice and concentrate for long periods of time

  • Ability to accept constructive criticism

  • Vocal / instrumental ability

  • Ability to relate well to people

Potential Careers Related to Music Education

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The following list is a representative sample of job titles for individuals with a Music Education major. The list represents some, but certainly not all, careers which Music Education majors may consider.

Some of these jobs also require education beyond a bachelor's degree.

Accompanist Advertising Worker Announcer
Arranger Arts Administrator Vocalist
Audiologist Audio-Visual Librarian Band Director
Booking Agent Broadcast Technician Church Musician
Commentator Composer Concert Manager
Critic Cue Selector Editor
Entertainment Manager Film/Music Editor Instrument Designer
Lecturer Lyricist Media Specialist
Museum Music Curator Music Therapist Musicologist
Orchestra Manager Performer Piano Tuner
Producer Public Relations Specialist Reporter
Salesperson Songwriter Sound Equipment Technician
Teacher Technical Writer Television Director
Video Technician    


Employer in Music Education

  • Educational institutions

  • Churches/Religious institutions

  • Theaters

  • Music libraries

  • Music stores

  • Private clubs

  • Newspapers

  • Auditoriums

  • Museums

  • Recording studios

  • Community symphonies

  • Film industry

  • Radio/TV industry

  • Magazines/Journals

  • Music publishing companies

  • Community agencies

  • Orchestras

Professional Organizations in This Field

Websites Related to Music Education


The above information is collected from alumni surveys of numerous colleges, professional associations, and multiple print and online resources.

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