A Solid Foundation, Many Pathways
Music study provides a foundation for many career paths, including music education, music therapy, sound production, and arts administration, to name only a few, in addition to preparation for graduate study in performance, composition, history, or ethnomusicology. We actively encourage internships, fieldwork, local outreach programs, and study abroad as opportunities for students to understand music in/as culture, and to experience music’s unique capacity to build relationships and foster community.
Careers and Graduate School
- Exploring Graduate Study
- Careers in Music (Berklee)
Berklee College of Music provides information for every music career imaginable: music therapy, film scoring, engineering, business, song writing, road work, etc.
- The National Association for Music Education
Go to their Careers in Music page for links and info about career choices, teaching, and the music industry.
- Music Careers
Geared toward popular music/record company job seekers. See the featured article “The Future of Music Careers.”
- Career Opportunities in Music
Hundreds of links for various music specialties: education, performance, management, librarianship, therapy.
- American Federation of Musicians
Use the AFM Career center to search for music schools and get info on scholarships, careers, bookings, etc.
- Buzzfile and Vault Career Insider: are useful tools available through the Career Development Center (CDC)
- Your professors may be a resource for advice on career questions in their field of expertise.
- Define your goals and develop search strategies. Contact the Career Development Center to meet with a career advisor.
- Search the Alumnae Association Career Network to find alumnae who majored in art history or are working in the industry. They can provide valuable guidance when considering career options, including internships, jobs and graduate school.
Where to Study
For a list of where past and present Music majors have studied and a summary of the courses that they took abroad, check this searchable database. Note that this is not a definitive list of what is possible and should serve only as a useful guide and planning resource.
The McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives Study Abroad website is also an excellent resource about programs, application procedures, deadlines, financial aid, and more. Laurel Fellowships (need-based financial aid) are readily available to qualified students.
Please read the credit transfer page on the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives' web site for general information about study abroad credit transfer.
Summer Internships and Research Abroad
A summer internship or research project abroad is a good way for students to apply and develop their skills and explore possible career paths while engaging with cultures and perspectives outside the United States.
Students have the option of developing their own summer internship or research project. Support for unpaid opportunities is available through the Universal Application Form (UAF), which offers students access to funding from a variety of College fellowship sources to cover travel and living expenses for the duration of the project. Students with a family contribution of less than $5000 may also receive a $500 grant to apply towards their summer earnings contribution. Both the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives and the Career Development Center have student evaluations of past international internships on file. For more details about internship opportunities and funding, please contact Kirk Lange, Director of International Experiential learning at the McCulloch Center.
Students interested in exploring possibilities for learning abroad are encouraged to contact the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives. Joanne Picard/her successor is the primary advisor for study abroad, and Kirk Lange can offer guidance on internships or research abroad. Students should also consult with their advisor about how they can best connect and integrate learning abroad with their work in the major.