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What Can I Do With This Major?


First Destination Data
Alumni Career Paths
What to do with a degree in Music
Music Web Sites
Graduate School Information


Across all of the arts disciplines taught at Brandeis is the shared belief that art is the great legacy of human accomplishment, essential to interdisciplinary learning.  By uniting musical expression with academic excellence, the Department of Music 
educates students to become accomplished artists and scholars, and engaged citizens prepared to contribute to a multicultural society.  Through rigorous study in composition, cultural studies, history, and performance, students in the Department of Music are afforded a broad view on complex social, political, economic, and cultural questions, an understanding of which is valued in every field of endeavor in the global marketplace.

The department’s web site also contains career-related resources including opportunities to gain important performance experience through an array of music ensembles and to keep up to date on your field through The Score: Music Department News.

First Destination Data 

The Hiatt Center is pleased to provide a list of organizations, titles and fields of alumni who majored in your discipline. Click here to download a sortable spreadsheet listing the first destination graduate programs and employment opportunities that Music alumni from the classes of 2008-2012 secured within six months of graduation.

The diverse list is indicative of the wealth of transferable skills students cultivate as a Music major at Brandeis.

Department of Music Alumni

The Hiatt Center is pleased to provide a list of organizations, titles and fields of alumni who majored in your discipline. The list represents a wide array of professions, which is indicative of the wealth of transferable skills students cultivate as a Music major at Brandeis.

Year Company Title Industry
2014 Tremont School Music and Humanities Teacher Education
2013 New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities III Special Educator (Science and Math) Education
2013 Project STEP Communications and Administrative Coordinator Nonprofit
2012 Hayes Management Consulting Associate Consultant Consulting
2012 Armstrong Ambulance Service EMT Health Care
2011 New Speedway Technology Co-Founder Computer Software
2010 Library of Congress Music Specialist Library
2008 Hebrew Union College Cantorial Student Religious Studies
2008 Congregation Tifereth Israel Family & Congregational Program Coordinator Social Service
2007 Wunderman New York Account Supervisor Advertising, Sales & Marketing


In addition to you coursework, internships can be extremely beneficial as you develop academic and professional skills.  The Brandeis Internship Exchange is an easy and convenient online tool for you to find and share real internship opportunities.  Just log on with your UNET ID and use the advanced search to identify majors' internships.

What to Do with a Degree in Music (.pdf)

Department of Music Web Sites

Graduate School Information and Resources

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Skills, Abilities & Knowledge

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Your program of study at Brandeis University provides both field-specific knowledge and a broad range of transferable skills, abilities and knowledge that are sought after by all employers in all fields and enhance your experience and success in the world of work. To identify additional skills and abilities you have developed through coursework, activities and work, take TypeFocus.


  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.


  • Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to move, grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects effectively.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.


  • Aesthetics, cultural trends, and history of ideas
  • Human behavior, motivation, and psychology
  • Leadership and coordination of people and resources
  • Management principles involved in strategic and project planning and resource allocation
  • Media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods
  • Performance and craft
  • Structure and content of language
  • Theory, techniques, tools, and principles required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, and drama
  • Quantitative reasoning

1 Excerpted from O*Net OnLine, US Department of Labor by the National Center for O*Net Development

Sample of Possible Occupations

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Architectural Acoustic Monitor
Music Software Programmer
Armed Forces Band Member
Music Store Manager
Artist & Repertoire (A&R)
Film Music Editor
Music Stringer
Instrument Service Specialist
Music Teacher
Church Music Director
Music Therapist
Community Development
Manufacturers Representative
Technical Writer
Voice Teacher
Music Attorney
Orchestra Librarian
Music Copyist
Piano Tuner
Copyright Specialist
Music Critic
Public Relations Specialist
Music Promoter
Music Publishing Specialist
Recording Technician
Disc Jockey
Music Reporter
Recreation Director
Royalties Broadcast Monitor
Studio Musician
Tour Manager
Sales Representative
Union Contractor
Synthesizer Specialist

1 Excerpted from O*Net OnLine, US Department of Labor by the National Center for O*Net Development