Careers in Music Education
Below are some of the many careers a music education major can pursue.
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Adaptive Teacher, Teacher for Students with Special Needs
Adaptive arts teachers provide arts instruction to students with a variety of abilities and a broad range of communication and learning styles.
Early Childhood Music Specialist, Early Childhood Drama Specialist
Early childhood arts educators introduce young children to music, dance, and theater through a variety of play-based experiences and activities, in the process laying the foundation for more advanced learning, nurturing a lifelong love of the arts, and providing myriad cognitive and developmental benefits.
Academic Administrator, College/University/Conservatory Staff, Dean
Higher-education administrators help keep colleges and universities running by designing, implementing, and overseeing the school's approach to subjects including academics, student life, and more.
Movement coaches work with dancers, actors, musicians, and other performers and creators to impart tools for connecting physical movement to emotional, musical, and theatrical expression.
Choral Director, Choir Director, Choir Leader, Minister of Music
Music directors lead the church’s music department, with an emphasis on the traditional religious choir.
Music librarians organize, acquire, preserve, and reference materials related to music, including sheet music and recordings.
Music Instructor, Music Lecturer, College/Conservatory/University Professor
A college, conservatory, or university music professor educates students in a variety of topics, from music history and composition to modern entrepreneurship and music business.
Music Instructor, Music Educator
Music educators teach students how to sing and play instruments, instruct them in fundamentals such as scales and chords, impart knowledge about music history and theory, and lead school bands, orchestras, choirs, and ensembles.
Academic Researcher, Music Historian, Ethnomusicologist, Music Theorist
A musicologist is an expert in music as a subject of scholarly research.
Nonprofit artists are professional musicians, dancers, writers, and theater artists who work with nonprofit organizations in the fields of performance, education, healthcare, and cultural preservation.
Private Lesson Teacher, Studio Teacher
Private music instructors teach students in a one-on-one setting, providing instruction in technique, performance, music notation, and more. Most specialize in one or two specific instruments.
Artistic Director, Department Head, Department Coordinator, Music Director, Director of Music, District Supervisor of Music, Music Administrator, Head of Performing Arts
From the development of a curriculum and pedagogical method to the selection of equipment and materials, program directors operate as the unifying vision behind the performing arts education programs they oversee.
Vocal Health Specialist, Singing Teacher, Voice Instructor
Using a mix of practical experience and technical knowledge, vocal coaches nurture and instruct developing singers and advise and support experienced ones.