A Career Guide for the Music Major

FAU offers professional degree programs in Music Education, Music Performance (Classical), Jazz Studies, and Chamber Music and Accompanying. The Music Education program prepares students for careers as elementary or secondary school music teachers. Music Performance and Jazz Studies are programs designed to prepare students for careers as professional musicians. The Chamber Music and Accompanying program is for pianists who want to be professional accompanists. A general liberal arts program in music is also offered for students who have a serious interest in music but do not want to pursue careers as professional performers.

The following Interests and Aptitudes/Qualities are associated with or needed for success in the study of this major.

  • Listening to music concerts
  • Artistic expression/the arts
  • Playing musical instruments
  • Conducting
  • Individual performance
  • Group participation in orchestras, bands, and/or chorus
  • Singing
  • Composing
  • Arranging
  • Ability to read music
  • Musical aptitude/talent
  • Dedication
  • Proficiency on an instrument or in voice
  • Good oral/written communication skills
  • Extensive & prolonged training
  • Versatility
  • Creative ability
  • Poise & stage presence
  • Self-discipline
  • Physical stamina


All students seeking admission to the department as music majors or minors must complete a performance audition prior to the first semester of study.

Music Major:
Candidates for a Bachelor's Degree in Music must complete all university and college requirements for those degrees. In addition to departmental course requirements, all music majors must complete the following to graduate:

  1. Piano Proficiency Examination must be passed prior to graduation, or prior to student teaching for Music Education Majors;
  2. Recital attendance;
  3. Ensemble performance: perform in at least one large ensemble appropriate to degree program for every semester in residence;
  4. Applied music instruction: Full-time music majors and minors may register for applied music up to the limit indicated in a specific program description;
  5. Jury examinations in applied music;
  6. Recital performance: all candidates for Performance, Music Education and Jazz Studies perform a senior recital.

These and other departmental policies are explained in detail in the Music Student Handbook. All music majors must complete core course requirements.

Due to the complex nature of the music program, prospective students should contact the music office to arrange for academic advising prior to class registration.


The following are examples of positions often held by Music graduates:

Elementary Music Teacher
Private Music Teacher
Studio Musician
College Music Teacher
Arts Management
Chamber Musician
Secondary Music Teacher
Symphonic Musician
Jazz/Pop Musician
Music Technology and Recording
Music Business

Note: Some of the above professions will require advanced study or training.


For information about choosing a career, graduate/professional school, internships or job descriptions,and for career library resources, contact:

Career Development Center
Boca Raton Campus - Student Services Building, Room 220 (SU 220)

Davie Campus - Modular G

Jupiter Campus - SR 110

For information about choosing a major and concentration and degree requirements, contact:

Dorothy F.Schmidt College of Arts & Letters
Boca Raton Campus - Arts & Humanities Building, Room 213 (AH 213)

Department of Music
Boca Raton Campus, Arts & Humanities Building, Room 119 (AH 119)

The Career Guide series was developed by the Florida Atlantic University Career Development Cente, Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Undergraduate Programs, and in cooperation with the Schmidt College of Arts & Humanities, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Department of Music.
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