Music

1. What is the Music major?
2. What careers interest students in this major?
3. What skills are developed within this major?
4. What Music resources are available?
5. Where have Wake Forest graduates landed jobs with this major?
6. Where can I get more information about the Music major?

1. What is the Music major?

The music program at Wake Forest is small enough to accommodate a variety of student interests. All students receive a solid grounding in music theory and history, with additional coursework in performance and ensembles. More specific interests are served through elective courses in performance, church music, theory and history.

Music majors may focus on a number of distinct areas of specialization: performance, music theory, composition, or education. Some performance students may focus on developing skill with one musical instrument, while others may specialize in a number of areas.

Some students pursue careers closely related to music, such as performers, educators, songwriters, conductors, arrangers, composers, or actors. Others choose careers behind the scenes or in the business area of music in careers as producers, engineers, managers, agents, or publishers. Many careers do not require a specific major but rather a wide range of demonstrated skills and accomplishments, such as those that this major provides. Thus, some graduates pursue careers in fields quite unrelated to music and continue their interest in music as a volunteer activity, hobby, or means of supplemental income.

2. What careers interest students in this major?

Careers that often interest Music majors include:
Artist and Repertoire Person
Background Music Designer
Band Director
Band Leader
Church Choir Director
Composer/Arranger
Copyright Specialist
Critic
Director
Disc Jockey
Engineer/Mixer
Film Music Director/Editor
Instrument Manufacturer
Instrument Technician
Music Attorney
Music Critic
Music Education Director
Music Equipment or Instruments Sales Representative
Music Minister
Music Publicist
Music Software Designer
Music Store Manager
Music Teacher/Professor
Music Therapist
Musician
Orchestra Librarian
Orchestra Manager
Promoter
Recording Technician
School Music Programs Coordinator
Singer/Performer
Special Events Coordinator
Studio Musician
Talent Agent
Tour Manager
Writer/Editor

3. What skills are developed within this major?

Skills developed within this major include: Ability to read, write, and perform music; Creativity and artistic expression; Ability to concentrate intensely for long periods of time; Ability to perceive patterns/structures; Strong performance techniques; Able to lead and participate in small and large groups; Ability to keep audience’s interest; Perseverance; and keen hearing.

4. What Music resources are available?

National Association for Music Education
Music Online: Orchestras in the U.S.
Classical Music Careers
American Music Therapy Association

5. Where have Wake Forest graduates landed jobs with this major?

Click here to see where Music majors have landed jobs after graduation.

6. Where can I get more information about the Music major?

For more information about the Music major, visit the WFU Department of Music.