Why Major In Music?

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Part 1: Jobs, and the Degree

Each year, thousands of young people graduate from colleges with bachelor’s degrees. The assumption is that those holding such a degree are now educated enough to qualify for a better job, or to enter further academic training at the master’s level. This is true, even if they majored in art history, philosophy, business, math, or English.

The same parents, who encouraged their children to study music before they entered college, may not see the value of a college degree in music versus another undergraduate program, like business or marketing. Yet the truth is that the music education requires skill development at a consistent, incremental, advanced, and intermediate level that has cross disciplinary applications for any employer. Newspaper employment classified ads hardly ever list a job opening for a philosopher, an art historian, a mathematician, or even a business major. Most employers list a preferred major, some will accept a work experience equivalency, but the majority just require a bachelor’s degree. Your degree is your ticket to an interview – then you sell them on the benefits of your education that will directly enable you to contribute to the success of their company. Read on for an example of these music degree benefits…

Remember: those who have earned any Bachelor’s Degree, regardless of the discipline, are able to apply for any job (music or otherwise) requiring a bachelor’s degree.

Specialization, professionally and educationally, takes place once a student completes graduate studies at the Masters, Doctoral, or professional certification level—whether directly related or unrelated to their undergraduate program.

Your Bachelor of Music degree qualifies you to not only apply for many more jobs than otherwise would be available to you, but also prepares you to apply for entrance to a graduate programs (in
music or in another field).

The difference is this: Those holding music degrees have the best background to work in the field—be it performance, teaching, or anything related to the industry. For a young musician looking to the future, a bachelor of music degree does not close doors—it opens them.

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