Why Study Music? Related Career Titles
Related Major Skills Jobs in Music Business
Jobs in Music Performance Professional Association Links
Jobs in Music Education UNCW Dept of Music

Why study Music?

Simply stated, music students as a whole enjoy greater college success.  One recent study of 7500 university students revealed that music majors scored the highest reading scores among all majors including English, biology, chemistry, and math.  And according to an article in the Phi Delta Kappan Journal, 1994, physician and biologist Lewis Thomas studied the undergraduate majors of medical school applicants, indicating that music majors were most successful in being admitted to medical school.  He found that 66% of music majors who applied to medical school were admitted, the highest percentage of any group.  By comparison, 44% of biochemistry majors were admitted.

Music is one of the arts which so sharpened our sense of participation in the world that it gave a much greater meaning to life. Anthony Storr says "Although music is not a belief system, I think that its importance and its appeal also depend upon its being a way of ordering human experience.  Music exalts life, enhances life, and gives it meaning.  Great music outlives the individual who created it. It is both personal and beyond the personal.  For those who love it, it remains as a fixed point of reference in an unpredictable world.  Music is a source of reconciliation, exhilaration, and hope which never fails."


Related Career Titles

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

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Related Major Skills

Creativity Ability to read and write music Singing/instrumental talents
Entertaining skills Communication skills Perseverance
Observation skills Self-discipline Basic reading, writing, editing skills
Humbleness Physical stamina Versatility
Good stage presence Poise Teaching abilities
Performance techniques Ability to use various sound equipment Adaptability and flexibility
  Ability to keep audience's interests

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Jobs in Music and Business


Music industry career center- free services for music industry professionals

Various jobs in radio, media, broadcasting                                                          

Music Biz careers in US, UK, Brazil, Germany                                                          

Various careers in music business          

More jobs in the music business                                                     

Jobs in Music Performance

Careers in Performance Vocal/Instrumental Soloist, Session ... Member, Background Vocalist, Floor Show Band Careers in Songwriting Composer, Jingle Writer, ...

Music performance jobs throughout World                                           

Internships in Music Performance    

Performance jobs with Baltimore Orchestra,8

Orchestral jobs throughout the World                                                 

Orchestra Jobs in UK


Jobs in Music Education

Jobs in Music Education                         

Music teaching careers                           

Music education jobs in California   

Children’s Music Workshop jobs         

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Professional Associations Links

Acoustical Society of America

All Star Radio

American Music Therapy Association

Musicologists' WWW Sites

Chorus America - includes job listings and membership details

Music Library Association

Music Educators National Conference (MENC)

MENC: Early Childhood Special Interest Research Group

Music Journals & Magazines

Music Festivals

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