What can I do with a degree in Music?
Through their Music degree, graduates develop a valuable set of skills that are transferrable to a range of careers, including:
- Technical skills needed to write, produce, perform and record music
- Analysing complex textual and cultural phenomenon
- Thinking critically, creatively and challenging ideas
- Working effectively in groups of differently talented people
- Problem solving skills adaptable to differing contexts
- Time management, planning and organisation.
Opportunities to apply your learning outside the classroom through work and other experiences also exist and can deepen your skills set and employability. Work and other experiences can also support and inform learning and skill development in the classroom.
Music graduates are found in a wide range of occupations including positions in orchestras, opera houses, conservatories, universities, schools and other education contexts. They are prominent in areas of musical leadership (music teaching, conducting and directing) and performance with community groups, choirs, orchestras and bands.
Graduates also work in fields such as journalism, television and radio (planning as well as production) and in digital technology, including recording. Working in arts organisations and at various festivals are also other options graduates have pursued.
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Graduates with this degree are employed in a range of jobs including music performer, teacher and sales manager.
Some of the jobs listed may require further study at postgraduate level. Postgraduate study can contribute to your employability. It enables you to extend your knowledge and skills, indicates your motivation and ability to persevere at a high level academically and can make you more competitive in the job market. Postgraduate study may be a prerequisite for certain jobs.
- Musician (chamber, community, session)
- Creates and practices musical pieces
- Learns and performs new music
- Provides background support to lead performers
- Music teacher (school and private studio)
- Plans and teaches music lessons
- Communicates student progress to parents
- Arranges public performances and recitals
- Production Assistant
- Works with a producer to ensure the production runs smoothly
- Completes administrative tasks, organizes meetings and makes bookings
- Assists with publicity and research work
- Researches or gathers information about events or issues
- Interviews people relevant to particular stories
- Write reports and stories
- Events coordinator
- Develops and plans concepts for events
- Creates and maintains an event budget
- Promotes and implements an event
- English conversation instructor
- Assists students become better language learners
- Prepares and presents lessons
- Monitors and gives feedback on students’ progress
- Advisory Officer
- Advices people
- Provides appropriate support, information and resources
- Completes administrative tasks
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As they progress in their studies and into a career, our students and graduates often join professional bodies specific to their area of interest. These organisations offer graduates the opportunity to network and collaborate with others within the same community. Other relevant organisations are also listed.
- SOUNZ - Centre for New Zealand Music
- Australasian Performing Rights Association
- Composers Association of New Zealand
- Institute of Registered Music Teachers of NZ
- Recorded Music NZ
Social media networks, such as LinkedIn (including LinkedIn groups), Facebook and Twitter can provide avenues for students and graduates to keep up-to-date with current industry knowledge and ‘best practice’, networking opportunities, industry-related events and job vacancies.
It is possible to study at postgraduate and graduate level in subjects both directly and indirectly related to your degree. For a list of postgraduate and graduate study options, go to Courses, Subjects and Qualifications
Related courses of study include the honours degree, and studies at masters and PhD level. This additional study can impact on the entry level of employment in industry. Many Arts graduates do additional training in design, teaching, museum studies, library, journalism or management.
Postgraduate study can also lead to an academic career pathway in teaching and research.
Carefully consider your motivation for study, how it fits in with your long-term career plans and whether it is likely to enhance your employment prospects.