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Music Performance Careers

Related Skills

  • Creativity and Expression
  • Collaboration
  • Strong work ethic
  • Good time management
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to self-promote
  • Self-motivated

Related Fields

  • Music education
  • Private lesson teaching
  • Freelance gigging
  • Composing and arranging


  • Self-employed
  • Freelance gigging
  • Colleges and universities
  • Public and private schools
  • Private teaching
  • Places of worship
  • Musical theater productions
  • Professional orchestras and choirs
  • Military bands
  • Recording industry
  • Radio, television, and motion picture industries
  • Music librarian and orchestra librarian
  • Music instrument repair technician
  • Music or instrument store manager/owner/sales representative


  • Seek performance opportunities on and off campus
  • Participate in large ensembles and chamber music
  • Consider summer festival study
  • Attend professional conferences
  • Participate in solo competitions and mock auditions
  • Attend concerts and listen to a broad range of musical styles

Career Industry Liaison

Name Office Email Phone
Kristy DeWall  223 Bone Student Center  (309) 438-2200