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Longwood University's Music Department offers majors various expressions and involvement in music through its courseware, the ensembles, and the concerts performed for the public. Longwood's Music Department pays attention to incorporating theoretical and historical foundations, along with an abundance of opportunities in performance and pre-professional activities in order to prepare majors for a career in music post-graduation. Ensembles such as the Jazz Ensemble and Camerata Singers also serve as extracurricular activities for Longwood's Music Department. Longwood's Music Department seeks to prepare majors for teaching grades K-12 and further professional study in music, maintaining three music concentrations including: Music, Music Education, and Music Performance.

Ludwig Von Beethoven- "Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend."

Career Fields associated with Music Majors:


  • Booking Agent
  • Concert Promoter
  • Music Publisher
  • Personal Manager
  • Professional Manager


Music Retailing & Wholesaling

  • Instrument Sales Representative
  • Music Shop Manager


Talent & Writing

  • Background Vocalist
  • Dance Band
  • Floor Show Band
  • Recording Group
  • Session Musician
  • Songwriter
  • Producer
  • Composer


Symphonies, Orchestras, Operas, Etc.

  • Business Manager
  • Concertmaster/Concertmistress
  • Conductor
  • Director of Educational Activities
  • Director of Development
  • Managing Director
  • Opera Singer
  • Orchestra Manager
  • Orchestral Music Librarian
  • Subscription and Ticket Service


Religious Music

  • Choir Director
  • Cantor
  • Organist


Recording & Record Business

  • A&R Administrator
  • Advertising Account Executive
  • Artist Relations & Development Representative
  • Campus Representative
  • Consumer Researcher
  • Director of Publicity
  • Marketing Representative
  • Orchestrator
  • Promotions Manager
  • Record Producer
  • Recording Engineer


Radio & Television

  • Disc Jockey
  • Music Director
  • Program Director
  • Video Jockey


Instrument Repair, Restoration & Design

  • Musical Instrument Builder/Designer
  • Instrument Repair & Restoration Specialist



  • College, Conservatory, or University Music Educator
  • Music Librarian
  • Music Supervisor
  • Music Teacher
  • Music Therapist
  • Private Instrument Teacher
  • Dance Instructor
  • Dramatic Coach


Miscellaneous Careers

  • Student Activities Director
  • Music Journalist
  • Actor/Actress
  • Set Designer
  • Announcer
  • Narrator
  • Fashion Coordinator
  • Choreographer
  • Film Director
  • Comedian
  • Impersonator
  • Magician
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Curator
  • Model
  • Puppeteer

Related Skills:

  • Ability to speak articulately, listen introspectively, and observe keenly
  • Ability to concentrate and practice intensely for long periods
  • Good health, physical stamina, and body coordination
  • Ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Ability to communicate emotions and ideas creatively
  • Ability to maintain composure when faced with the unexpected
  • Ability to relate to people of varying backgrounds
  • Proficiency in memorization
  • Ability to attract the attention of others
  • Ability to analyze and interpret the emotions and motives of others

Personal attributes associated with Music:

  • Aesthetics
  • Independence
  • Self-expression and fulfillment
  • Desire recognition and influence
  • Creativity
  • Physical Stamina
  • Ability to adjust to close scrutiny and criticism from the public
  • Imagination
  • Patience
  • Determination
  • Dedication
  • Self-discipline
  • Poise

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For more information on any of these career options, please visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook.