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Phone: 785-628-4533
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Careers in Music and Theatre

The Department of Music and Theatre prepares students for a variety of fulfilling careers all over the globe. Our graduates work as professional musicians, conductors, composers, teachers, and sound engineers. They work in the music industry, for non-profits organizations, and in schools at every level.

Here are some careers you can consider with one of our music degrees:

Music teacher
Performing artist
Disk Jockey
Cantor/Soloist/Choir Member
Choral Director
Church Musician
Coach/Accompanist

Composer/Arranger
Concert Musician
Concert Promoter
Conductor
Music Therapist
Musical Booking Agent
Musical Instrument Repairer

And the list goes on. Check out this list of careers from the National Association for Music Education.

Music and Theatre Skills Travel Well

Not every music major or theatre student pursues a career in their field. But that’s no problem; music and theater students acquire skills that are “transferable”—that means they learn skills that they can use in dozens of careers. Skills like—

  • Time management
  • Diligence and persistence
  • Pattern recognition
  • Technological proficiency
  • Performance skills like calmness under pressure
  • Creative thinking
  • Teamwork

—are the very skills that today’s employers are seeking.

Career Exploration Resources
FHSU Academic Advising & Career Exploration Center
Musicianwages.com
Careers in Music (Berklee College of Music)

FHSU Music graduates - out in the world

Ben Markley (2005)
Freelance Musician
Adjunct Instructor
FHSU & University of Wyoming
Longmont, CO

I work as a free-lance musician in Denver. Recent awards and recognition include 2008 and 2009 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award, 2009 Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Residency Program selection, October, 2008 feature in Jazziz Magazine. I also am in the final semester of doctoral coursework (Jazz Studies) at the University of Colorado. At FHSU I was very fortunate to study with faculty who performed and taught at a high level. From this, I learned much about practice and professionalism. One of the greatest benefits I received from FHSU was performing with faculty members. There is another type of education not found in the classroom that can be gained from this experience. This is a major benefit that FHSU offers. The tools I gained during my undergraduate degree set the stage for me to succeed in larger scale professional and academic situations. Being an Assistant Hall Director and an Anderson VIP Ambassador gave me a more balanced and well-rounded perspective on life. Additionally, I learned and refined my people skills during this time. These experiences in particular have served me well in my profession.

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