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Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

Composition:

  • composer
  • game and film music composer
  • music curator
  • sound engineer
Comprehensive:
  • arts administrator
  • conductor
  • performer
  • teacher

Music Education:

  • academic advisor
  • community musician
  • elementary/secondary school teacher
  • studio teacher

Music History, Theory and Critical Analysis:

  • music librarian
  • musicologist
  • music theory professor

Performance:

  • adjudicator
  • collaborative pianist
  • curator of performance presentations
  • member of chamber ensemble, orchestra or new music group
  • opera singer
  • teacher/educator

Sample Industries/Types of Employers

  • arts councils
  • choirs
  • concert halls
  • educational institutions
  • festivals
  • instrument manufacturers
  • music producers/studios
  • music publishers/distributors
  • performing arts centres
  • recording studios

Online Resources

More career resources are available through Navigator.

Laurier Grads are Successful

Sample Jobs within the First Year After Graduation

  • church pianist/organist
  • musician
  • piano teacher
  • voice instructor

Sample Further Education Programs within the First Year After Graduation

  • Master’s degree: Music, Business Administration, Education.
  • Bachelor's degree: Education.
  • University diploma: Chamber Music, Opera.

Careers of Alumni Two-Five Years After Graduation

  • artist relations
  • event promoter
  • film composer
  • freelance musician
  • music teacher
  • occupational therapist
  • opera director
  • volunteer coordinator

Develop Your Knowledge and Skills

Employers identify these competencies as very important when recruiting entry-level candidates. As a Laurier student, you gain these skills through the opportunities available to you.

Functional Knowledge

  • Superior musicianship skills, acquired through three full years of musicianship training.
  • Strong performance skills developed through private lessons.
  • Develop a critical understanding of the form and inner-workings of the musical score.
  • Acquire a broad and deep knowledge of musical literature, style and culture.
  • Develop leadership and collaborative skills in musical settings.
  • Develop pedagogical skills to teach music.

Collaboration/Teamwork 

  • Work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others for team success.
  • Oversee, lead and/or contribute to a project including determining goals, planning details, making decisions and completing tasks.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviour and an understanding of individual perspectives and diversity.

Communication

  • Explain information, ideas and opinions effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Probe for information by asking questions and listening, and engage in constructive conversations.
  • Prepare interesting and informative reports and presentations for diverse audiences using current technology.

Problem Solving 

  • Identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources.
  • Learn, understand and critically interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations.
  • Set priorities, meet deadlines and manage time, data and resources.
  • Make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively, identify and consider all sides of an issue.
  • Analyze and evaluate data to discuss, support and/or question ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals.

Discover Career Opportunities

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • community agency director
  • community music therapist
  • community musician
  • educational consultant
  • geriatric counsellor
  • group facilitator
  • mental health worker
  • medical music therapist
  • music psychotherapist (master's degree required)
  • music therapist
  • neurologic music therapist
  • palliative support specialist
  • program coordinator
  • psychotherapist (master's degree required)
  • vocal psychotherapist (master's degree required)

Sample Industries/Types of Employers

  • community organizations
  • educational institutions
  • hospices
  • hospitals
  • long-term care/residential facilities
  • non-profit organizations
  • prisons
  • private practice
  • research organizations

Online Resources

More career resources are available through Navigator.

Laurier Grads are Successful

Sample Jobs within the First Year After Graduation

  • music teacher
  • music therapist
  • music program facilitator
  • student educational assistant

Sample Further Education Programs within the First Year After Graduation

  • Master’s degree: Music Therapy.

Careers of Alumni Two-Five Years After Graduation

  • coordinator, community relations
  • instructor therapist
  • music teacher
  • music therapist
  • recording artist
  • teacher

Develop Your Knowledge and Skills

Employers identify these competencies as very important when recruiting entry-level candidates. As a Laurier student, you gain these skills through the opportunities available to you.

Functional Knowledge

  • Develop a comprehensive view of music therapy within different health-care settings.
  • Gain an awareness of how emotions, culture and society are expressed through music-making and listening.
  • Develop clinical referrals and assessment protocols to meet the needs of clients.
  • Think critically about how music affects clients in different health-care settings.
  • Be aware of current theoretical trends in contemporary clinical practice.
  • Develop skills in clinical musicianship.
  • Gain an awareness of culture/societal change as expressed and represented through music.
  • Identify the balance between music and words, and how these are effectively used, within the therapeutic relationship.
  • Discover how information is sourced, valued and used in creating new knowledge.

Collaboration/Teamwork

  • Work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others for team success.
  • Oversee, lead and/or contribute to a project including determining goals, planning details, making decisions and completing tasks.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviour and an understanding of individual perspectives and diversity.

Communication

  • Communicate, interpret and understand the outcomes and processes of music therapy through standardized clinical documentation.
  • Explain how music therapy is a part of the clinical health care team through presentations written evaluations and case studies.
  • Probe for information by asking questions and listening, and engage in constructive conversations.
  • Prepare interesting and informative reports and presentations for diverse audiences using current technology.

Problem Solving

  • Identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources.
  • Learn, understand and critically interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations.
  • Set priorities, meet deadlines and manage time, data and resources.
  • Make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively, identify and consider all sides of an issue.
  • Analyze and evaluate data to discuss, support and/or question ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals.

Discover Career Opportunities

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • arts program administrator
  • band director
  • children's music performer
  • city/cultural event planner
  • classroom/private teacher
  • community ensemble leader
  • festival coordinator/organizer
  • lyricist
  • music camp director
  • music program coordinator
  • music programmer
  • music school owner/operator
  • music teacher
  • music video director/editor
  • music/arts reporter/journalist
  • performer
  • researcher
  • sound effects designer
  • special events manager
  • stage manager

Sample Industries/Types of Employers

  • advertising companies
  • allied health/wellness organizations
  • arts councils
  • choirs
  • community agencies/organizations
  • concert halls
  • cultural/heritage organizations
  • educational institutions
  • entrepreneurial ventures/self-employed
  • festivals
  • film/TV industry
  • media organizations
  • non-profit organizations
  • performing arts centres
  • radio/video companies
  • recording studios

Online Resources

More career resources are available through Navigator.

Develop Your Knowledge and Skills

Employers identify these competencies as very important when recruiting entry-level candidates. As a Laurier student, you gain these skills through the opportunities available to you.

Functional Knowledge

  • Create, edit, arrange, stage and present music for a variety of mediums and purposes.
  • Gain an awareness of how ideas, emotions and culture are expressed through music, arts and performances.
  • Gain an awareness of culture/societal change as expressed and represented through music and performance arts.
  • Use music and sound to provide information and create mood or atmosphere.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of musical techniques and history, and the value of music and performance.
  • Analyze, interpret and appropriately convey musical background/theories to others.
  • Discover how information is sourced, valued and used in creating new knowledge.

Collaboration/Teamwork 

  • Work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others for team success.
  • Oversee, lead and/or contribute to a project including determining goals, planning details, making decisions and completing tasks.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviour and an understanding of individual perspectives and diversity.

Communication

  • Communicate, interpret and understand ideas and information through music/performance.
  • Explain information, ideas and opinions effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Probe for information by asking questions and listening, and engage in constructive conversations.
  • Prepare interesting and informative reports and presentations for diverse audiences using current technology.

Problem Solving 

  • Identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources.
  • Learn, understand and critically interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations.
  • Set priorities, meet deadlines and manage time, data and resources.
  • Make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively, identify and consider all sides of an issue.
  • Analyze and evaluate data to discuss, support and/or question ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals.