Careers in Music


A conductor has musical talent, leadership qualities, and the ability to work with people. Conductors demonstrate superior musicianship and an extensive knowledge of music history, literature, and orchestration. A career as a conductor can consist of a variety of tasks ranging from fundraising, rehearsing, scheduling, and performing to programming, supervising personnel, and working in educational programs.


The Performing Arts, which includes working as an actor, singer or director, doesn't have one particular routes for employment. There are many careers that fall into the category of the Performing Arts. Occupations within the Performing Arts include acting, directing, producing, dancing, choreographing, composing, performing music and many others. Exact duties vary by career, but most jobs in the Performing Arts draw on a talent or skill and involve an entertainment, performance or show component.

Education-Elementary/Secondary Level

Being a music teacher at the elementary/secondary level is considered a rewarding and enjoyable profession where satisfaction comes purely from helping students learn and understand the beauty and power that music has behind it. Music teachers at the elementary/secondary level are required to be flexible where as teaching musical instruction for both instruments and vocals is part of the job description.

Other Careers

The music industry is very broad and offers careers that come in a variety of different titles, such as a community arts manager, community development specialist, composer, music critic, music editor, instrument designer, instrument sales representative, instrumentalist, music librarian, performing arts administrator, music publisher, recording engineer, synthesis, music supervisor/administrator, studio/private teacher, music therapist, etc.

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