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Music DegreeMusic degrees are associated with the area of fine arts and humanities. Graduates normally have had formal training before acceptance into a music theory or musical conservatory program.

Common Specialized Degree Programs

  • Composing
  • Conducting
  • History of Music
  • Music Education
  • Music Theory
  • Music Therapy
  • Performance Art
  • Production
  • Religious Studies

Average Salary

Entry level $36,700 to $57,000 mid-career

Degree Programs

A Bachelor’s Degree is preferred for entry-level work from a completion of between 120 and 128 credit hours depending on the university. Master’s degree and doctoral degrees are preferred for mid-level work entry.

Top Music Programs
(According to Education Portal, 2010)

Harvard University
Princeton University

University of California Berkeley

University of Pennsylvania
Columbia University

Main Courses of Study in College: Music Theory, Performance Art

Recommended High School AP Courses

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Music Theory

Careers Obtained with Music Degrees

  • College Professor
  • Composer
  • Conductor
  • Director
  • Instrumentalist
  • Music Therapist
  • Performer
  • Private Tutor
  • Religious Music Director
  • Singer
  • Studio Owner
  • Music Teacher
  • Vocalist
  • Voice Coach

Notable Music ProfessionalsMichael Jackson

  • Bono, Irish Rock Star and Humanitarian
  • Britney Spears, Pop Star
  • Bruce Springsteen, Rock Star
  • Doug Morris, CEO of Universal and Song Writer
  • Elvis Presley, Singer
  • Howard Stringer, CEO of Sony Corporation
  • Irving Azoff, Notable Manager
  • Jay Berman, Head of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry
  • John Lennon, Singer
  • L Lowry Mays, CEO of the world's largest media conglomerate, Clear Channel
  • Madonna, Pop Star
  • Michael Jackson, Pop Star
  • Paul McCartney, Singer
  • Russell Simmons, CEO of Hip Hop Music Empire

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