Career Outcomes

Joanne Lipman, New York Times, October 12, 2013

After completing a degree in music, students are opened up to an array of career paths and opportunities. Students can continue with higher education after completing an undergraduate degree and pursue graduate studies.

Lucas Hernandes

“Where else would you find professors who encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone because they know you will do great and achieve success?!  Everything is going so well here, I cannot imagine having these opportunities anywhere else.”

Lucas Hernandes
BA, Music
– Cast as Jesus in the Musical Comedy Guild’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar
– Cast as Marius in the Musical Comedy Guild’s production of Les Misérables

Colin Zorzit

“Algoma University houses some of the greatest performers and teachers I have ever met. Each professor at Algoma University is highly skilled in not only their subjects, but all areas of music, including a wide range of styles and genres. I believe that no other school gives such a solid mix of practical and theoretical knowledge that Algoma University gives with such world class instructors. Choosing Algoma University as my University has been the greatest decision I have ever made.”

Colin Zorzit
BA, Music
– Pit band member for Algoma District School Board Productions of Oliver (2013) and Pippin (2014)
– Performance at Carnegie Hall; April, 2014, as part of “Chord Convergence Celebration Concert”

For those who choose to enter the workforce upon graduation, below is a list of some of the career paths our graduates have chosen or can choose with a music degree:

  • Accompanist (public and private schools, music schools and performing arts camps; religious centers and schools; dance rehearsals and performances; other venues. Also see “Collaborative pianist.”)
  • Acoustician (acoustics engineer)
  • Adjudicator
  • Alexander Technique (Certified instructor)
  • Arranger
  • Artist-in-Residence
  • Artistic Advisory Board Member
  • Artist manager
  • Arts Council Administration
  • Arts administrator/arts management (includes grant writing and fundraising, managing events, arts advocacy, programming, house manager)
  • Audio production (editing, audio engineering, audio development)
  • Ballet Orchestra Musician
  • Band director (K-12, college, military, sports)
  • Blues Musician
  • Broadcasting
  • Carilloneur
  • Chamber Musician
  • Church: Musician, Organist, Music Director
  • Clinician
  • Collaborative artist / pianist
  • College Faculty Member
  • Community Center Entertainment Director
  • Community music school director
  • Composer (professional and school band/orchestra; film/TV/gaming; educational publishing; children’s music; religious music; musical theatre; commercials)
  • Concert Pianist
  • Concert Organizer / Promoter
  • Conductor (professional, college, and youth orchestras; community orchestras; international opportunities)
  • Conservatory of Music faculty Member / Instructor
  • Copyist, transcriber
  • Copyright consultant
  • Cruise ship entertainer
  • Digital and Gaming Music Specialist
  • Educator (K-12, college-level, community music schools, religious organizations, private studio, international)
  • Electronic production and design (including audio engineering, mastering, mixing, music directing, producing, program directing, programming, recording engineer, studio manager, MIDI technician)
  • Entrepreneur (self-employed businesses. Musicians often work as entrepreneurs within other career fields on this list.)
  • Entertainment lawyer; music business lawyer
  • Environmental Music Designer
  • Ethnomusicologist
  • Event production, management, planning, technology (also see “Arts Management.”)
  • Feldenkreis Instructor
  • Film music director
  • Film , TV, video game scoring (composing, editing, supervising, arranging/adapting, conducting, orchestrating, synthesis specialist, theme specialist. Also see “Composing.”)
  • Foley Artist
  • Folk Musician
  • Freelancing
  • Fundraiser, grant writer
  • Historian (studios, museums, universities)
  • Instrument builder, designer
  • Instrument company or music store (owner, manager, sales associate)
  • Instrument distributor
  • Instrument repair and restoration
  • Jazz Musician
  • Lecturer (schools, media, cruise ships, community)
  • Luthier
  • Lyricist
  • Marketing
  • Master classes
  • Media development
  • Medical Doctor Specializing in Musician’s Injuries
  • Merchandising (management, sales, advertising)
  • Military bands (performing, conducting, arranging, administration)
  • Music agent / Artist Management
  • Music aggregator
  • Music app developer
  • Music business (several of the careers on this list fit under this category)
  • Music critic, reviewer, blogger
  • Music Conference Staff and/or Administration
  • Music Contractor
  • Music curator
  • Music Festival Staff / Administration
  • Music Foundation Staff and/or Administration
  • Music industry (several of the careers on this list fit under this category)
  • Music Instructional Method Book Author / Publisher
  • Music librarian
  • Music licensing
  • Music Non-Profit Organization Staff and/or Administration
  • Music production
  • Music programmer (for events, clubs, restaurants)
  • Music publishing (online and print writing, copywriting, editing, managing, proofreading, publishing, researching)
  • Music supervisor
  • Music Theorist
  • Music therapist
  • Music Store Owner
  • Music web producer
  • Musical theatre (directing, performing, coaching)
  • Musician-in-Residence
  • Musicians unions and associations (administrative jobs)
  • Musicologist
  • Navy Band or Chorus Member
  • Opera coach
  • Opera Orchestra Musician
  • Orchestrator
  • Orchestral Music Librarian
  • Performer (Vocal and instrumental soloist, session musician, orchestra/band/group member, house band member, backup vocalist, live instrumentalists for ballet/musical theatre/opera; instrumentalists and vocalists for film, tv, and touring show soundtracks. Venues may include traditional auditoriums and music halls as well as business meetings, conferences, cruise ships, weddings, hotels, restaurants, clubs, art museums & studios, religious events, military music events.)
  • Performing Arts Center Staff / Administration
  • Personnel Manager (orchestras, arts organizations, shows, events)
  • Piano and organ tuner, mover, salesperson, maker
  • Piano Tuner / Technician
  • Pit orchestra musician
  • Private Home Studio Music Teacher
  • Producer
  • Product demonstrator (at conferences, shows, schools)
  • Promoter
  • Public relations agent or coordinator
  • Radio (announcing, librarian, manager, programming, research, station broker)
  • Recording (producer, engineer)
  • Recruiter for talent agencies, universities, etc.
  • Religious music – sacred music
  • Royalty analyst, royalty accountant
  • Session musician
  • Software developer
  • Songwriter (including composer, lyricist, producer; jingle writing for television, radio and internet; freelance work; librettist)
  • Sound design
  • Sound engineer or technician
  • String Quartet-in-Residence
  • Summer camp music director/staff
  • Suzuki Piano Instructor
  • Suzuki Strings Instructor
  • Talent representation (booking, management)
  • Talent scout
  • Theatre, concert hall (booking agent, manager, promoter, technician)
  • Therapeutic music (performer at hospices and in hospitals and nursing homes)
  • Tours/road work (road manager, merchandise manager, merchandise sales, sound engineer, technician, tour director, tour promoter, tour publicist)
  • Vocal Coach
  • Wedding Musician
  • Wellness (injury prevention and intervention)


If you have any questions about what you can do with your Music Degree, please contact:

Dr. Edward Turgeon
Associate Professor, Music
705-949-2301, ext. 4382