Career Options

Careers for Music Majors (B.M.)

  • Orchestra Performer
  • Band Performer
  • Opera Singer
  • Solo/Freelance Musician
  • Studio Musician
  • Pedagogue/Private Music Teacher
  • Musical Theater Performer
  • Director/Conductor

Starting Salary*

The typical starting salary for a music performance major (B.M.) is $24,417. The typical salary after 10–19 years is $51,403.

*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 payscale.com.

Job Titles of People with Music (B.M.) Degrees

  • Principal Viola, Greenville Symphony Orchestra
  • Mufasa, Broadway’s The Lion King
  • Percussionist, Mic Firth’s Blast!
  • Principal Cellist, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland
  • Principal Bass, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony
  • Violinist, Los Angeles Philharmonic
  • French Hornist, Ceremonial Brass, The United States Air Force Band, Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C.
Note: This information is current for the 2014-15 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.