Careers by Major/Program

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This section of our website provides information about skill development and career direction for each major/academic program in the Bienen School of Music.

Resources for the job/internship search process in specific fields can be found under the “Industries” tab above.  Below are links to two pages that may be of particular interest to Bienen students.

Majors/Programs

Undergraduate and Graduate Music Performance Programs

In the Music Performance programs within Bienen, the distinguished faculty offer rigorous, conservatory-level training designed to prepare musicians of the very highest caliber.  Areas of study include Brass, Conducting (only offered at the graduate level), Jazz Studies, Percussion, Piano, Strings, Voice & Opera, and Woodwinds.

Skills Developed

  • Oral & Written Communication       
  • Flexibility & Versatility
  • Analytical Skills
  • Critical Thinking                         
  • Creativity
  • Influencing & Persuasion
  • Leadership
  • Problem-Solving      
  • Teamwork  
  • Time-Management                  
  • Self-Discipline
  • Organizing Abstract Concepts
  • Innovation
  • Performance/Presentation Skills

Other Resources

Sample Job Titles of Music Performance Graduates

Performing Artist, Vocal/Instrument Soloist, Director of Development, Marketing Coordinator, Show Band Member, Stage Manager, Entrepreneur, Song Writer, Orchestra Member, Opera Singer, Session Musician, Background Vocalist, Theatre Musician, , Live Events Manager, Theatre Performer, Accompanist, Cantor, Arts Administrator, Church Musician, Television Music Producer, Conservatory or University Music Educator, Music Editor, Product Demonstrator, Conductor, Music Program Director,  Arts Organization Administrator, and Event Planner                                                                                          

Sample Employers of Music Performance Graduates

Chicago Lyric Opera, KCSC Radio, Fifth House Ensemble, Access Hollywood Live, Chicago Children’s Choir, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, US Army, St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Opera Institute at Boston University, Northwestern University, Music Institute of Chicago, University of Puget Sound, Royal Academy of Music, Nordic Consulting Partners, Peter and the Starcatcher National Tour, Ravinia

Music Education

Northwestern University has been in the forefront of music education for decades, producing literally thousands of teachers that can be found throughout the world. Flexible programs offer a wide array of coursework as well as options for double majors, added certification, and many opportunities for independent study.

Skills Developed

  • Oral & Written Communication       
  • Flexibility & Versatility
  • Analytical Skills
  • Critical Thinking                         
  • Creativity
  • Leadership
  • Technical Skills
  • Problem-Solving      
  • Teamwork  
  • Time-Management                  
  • Self-Discipline
  • Organizational Skills
  • Innovation
  • Performance/Presentation Skills

Other Resources

Sample Job Titles of Music Education Graduates

Elementary School Music Teacher, Conservatory or University Music Educator, Choir Director, Music Director, Private Lessons Instructor, Music Librarian,  Performing Artist, Vocal/Instrument Soloist, Director of Development, Show Band Member, Arts Administrator, Archivist, Music Program Coordinator, Church Musician, Director of Educational Activities, and Secondary School Music Teacher.                                                                         

Sample Employers of Music Education Graduates

Chicago Public Schools, Northwestern University, US Army, Music Institute of Chicago, Evanston School District, The Walker Group, North Shore Country Day School, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Roosevelt University, Mount Olive Board of Education, Mundelein High School, Oberlin Conservatory of Music

Music Theory & Cognition and Musicology

Northwestern has long been a world leader in connecting music theory and cognition, and its internationally known faculty bring historical, cultural, anthropological, and psychological vantage points to bear on the study of musical structure in relation to listening, composition, performance, and analysis. It shares with the musicology program a humanistic view of music shaped by culture.

The Musicology Program at Northwestern approaches music as a social activity shaped by aesthetic movements and intellectual theories – in essence, the humanistic study of music in culture. Students are invited to view music through an interdisciplinary lens to reveal cultural contexts and meanings not accessible through the study of music notation alone.

Skills Developed

  • Oral & Written Communication       
  • Analytical Skills
  • Critical Thinking                         
  • Creativity
  • Research
  • Leadership
  • Cultural Understanding
  • Ability to Synthesize Information
  • Problem-Solving      
  • Organizational Skills
  • Recognition of Patterns/Themes
  • Innovation
  • Global Perspectives
  • Evaluation

Sample Job Titles of Music Theory & Cognition and Musicology Graduates

Music Department Chairperson, Professor, Music Librarian, Research Assistant, Director of Development, Arts Administrator, Music Program Director, Research Librarian, Marketing Strategist, Music Cataloger, Event Planner, Digital Media Librarian,  Conservatory or University Music Educator, Editor,  Artistic & Production Manager, Teacher, Booking Agent, Director of Educational Activities, A&R Research Analyst,  Archive Director.

Sample Employers of Music Theory & Cognition and Musicology Graduates

Northwestern University, Grant Park Music Festival, MayFest Productions, Chicago Opera Theater, Vocative, Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia College Chicago, Rice University, Teach for America, Roosevelt University, Razorfish, Ravina

Composition and Music Technology
The Composition & Music Technology program is among the most vibrant and progressive in the country, featuring internationally recognized faculty members who are regularly performed by top orchestras, chamber ensembles, and soloists throughout the world.

Skills Developed

  • Oral & Written Communication       
  • Analytical Skills
  • Critical Thinking                         
  • Creativity
  • Research
  • Leadership
  • Technical Skills
  • Ability to Synthesize Information
  • Problem-Solving      
  • Organizational Skills
  • Recognition of Patterns/Themes
  • Innovation
  • Evaluation
  • Ability to Organize Abstract Concepts

Other Resources

Sample Job Titles of Composition and Music Technology Graduates

Composer, Sound Designer, Editor, Consultant, Film Scorer, Audio Engineer, Conductor, Music Critic, Music Department Chairperson, Artistic Director, Music Research Assistant, Choral Director, Entrepreneur, Director of Development, Arranger, Copyist,  Music Program Director, Research Librarian, Marketing Strategist, Orchestrator, Music Producer, Conservatory or University Music Educator, Artistic & Production Manager, Teacher, Booking Agent, and Director of Educational Activities.                                                                                               

Sample Employers of Composition and Music Technology Graduates

SuperExploder, Northwestern Univeristy, Atlantic Records, Stitely Entertainment, Periapsis Music and Dance, Inc., VeVo, University of California, Audience, Inc.