Career Options

Careers for Music Majors

  • Composer/Arranger
  • Performer
  • Music Educator
  • Conductor
  • Band/Choir Director
  • Music Industry Executive
  • Musical Product Sales Representative
  • Producer
  • Audio Recording Engineer

Starting Salary*

A music major’s typical starting salary is $30,876. The typical salary after 10–19 years is $56,755.

*Note: Salary information is provided for general reference only. APU does not guarantee the accuracy of the figures listed, and cannot predict or promise a specific salary for any graduate. For the most current salary estimates, please visit

Job Titles of People with Music Degrees

  • Conductor, London’s Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra
  • Curator, Keys to the Future concert series, Greenwich House’s Renee Weiler Concert Hall
  • Director of Cathedral Music and Organist, Cathedral Church of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Composer, “The Fiery Furnace”, performed by The San Diego Symphony
  • Music and media licensing for MTV Networks in London, England
  • President, D’Addario and Company (guitar and bowed instrument string manufacturer)
  • Vice President of A&R and Advertising, Warner/Chappell Music
  • Music Business Columnist, The Performing Songwriter
  • Artistic Director, Long Island Baroque Ensemble
  • Coordinator of the Arts, Freeport School District
  • Marketing Services Manager, Korg, USA
  • Director of Bands, Duarte Unified School District
  • Minister of Music, Southern Illinois Worship Center
  • Artistic Director, Amherst Creative Jazz and Modern Music Concert Series
  • Motion Picture Music Supervisor, Sony Pictures
Note: This information is current for the 2016-17 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.