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What Can I Do With This Major for Majors in Music



Rutgers offers two distinct programs of study in music. Students can pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) in music through the School of Arts and Sciences. This is a generalist liberal arts major. A Bachelor of Music degree (B.M.), offered through the Mason Gross School of the Arts, is more specialized and is oriented towards professional careers in performance, jazz, or music education. Both degree programs provide a thorough study of music theory and music history. While some performance is also included in the B.A. program, the B.M. program offers much more intensive training in this area.

Some students pursue careers closely related to music, such as performers, educators, songwriters, conductors, arrangers, composers and actors. Others choose careers behind the scenes, or in the business area of music in careers such as producers, engineers, managers, agents, and in publishing and sales. Many careers do not require a specific major but rather a wide range of demonstrated skills and accomplishments. Thus, some graduates pursue careers in fields quite unrelated to music. Regardless of your career choices, increasing your marketability to employers through internships, responsible work experience, good grades and involvement in college activities is important. A bachelor's degree is sufficient for many entry-level positions, but for advancement in an area of specialization, an advanced degree may be required.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

Advertising Specialist Instrument Design/Restoration Public Relations Specialist
Art Director Lawyer - Music Industry Publicist
Artist & Repertoire (A&R) Person Lobbyist Sales/Marketing Representative
Band Leader Manager Singer/Performer
Composer/Arranger Music Attorney Special Events Coordinator
Concert Promoter Music Critic Studio Musician
Copy Writer Music Publisher Talent Agent
Copyright Specialist Music Software Programmer Teacher/Professor
Critic Music Teacher Technical Writer
Disc Jockey Music Therapist Tour Manager
Editor/Writer Musician Writer/Music Journalist
Engineer/Mixer Orchestra Librarian .
Film Music Director/Editor Promoter .

Types of Employers


Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Booking and Talent Agencies Magazines/Newspapers Orchestras and Bands
Colleges/Universities Media Firms Performing Arts Centers
Elementary and Secondary Schools Music Companies Production Companies
Environmental Companies Music Industry Associations Public Relations Firms
Industry Trade Papers Music and Film Studios Publishing companies
Law Firms Music and Video Stores Religious organizations


Government Agencies
Commission of Fine Arts National Archives & Records Administration Peace Corps/AmeriCorps
Cultural Affairs Agencies National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs Smithsonian Institution
Department of Education National Endowment for the Arts Travel and Tourism Dept.
Institute of Museum Services National Endowment for the Humanities Voice of America
NJ Department of Education Office of Int'l. Education .

Internships Obtained by Rutgers Students


Organization Job Title
Warner Music Group Human Resources-Recruiting

EPS Corporation Business Development and Marketing

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates


First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Music
Organization Job Title


Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Music
Allstate Insurance Companies Account Agent

The Mather Foundation (BA) Administrative Specialist

Omnipoint Communications (BA) Asset Project Coordinator

U.S. Attorney's Office (JD) Assistant U.S. Attorney

Rockhurst College (PhD) Assoc. Professor of Music

Office of the Public Defender (JD) Attorney

Lenape Valley High School Band Director

Dallas Opera (BA) Bass Player

Jersey City State College (M.Ed.) Career Counselor

Catholic Charities Case Manager/Social Worker

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Graduate Schools Attended


Institution Degree Field
Boston University M.Ed. Education

Emory University JD Law

New York University M.Ed. Education

Rutgers University M.M. Music

Syracuse University MA Music

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