Career Opportunities


So Many Options!

On this page you will discover just a few career options for musicians. With a liberal arts education, professional preparation and entrepreneurial skills added to your own creative talent, many other opportunities await you!

Bachelor of Music in Music Education 

Those majoring in music education most often look forward to careers teaching in public and private schools, but there are many other career possibilities along with the traditional teaching posts for a graduate with a B.M. in Music Ed. Take a look:

  • Public school/private school music teacher
  • Daycare music specialist
  • Summer camp music instructor/director
  • Community ensemble conductor/artistic director
  • Private music instructor
  • Music librarian for performing ensembles
  • Church musician
  • Director of Music Ministry
  • Student teacher supervisor
  • Music consultant
  • Adjunct university instructor
  • Music program direction
  • Professional chorister
  • Session musician

NAFME’s Career Center

An exhaustive collection of information provided by the National Association for Music Education geared toward helping you find that first job, job listings, career guides, forums, and much, much more!

Bachelor of Music in Music Performance

Is performance your passion? Let us help you be the musician you never thought you could be. What can you do with a performance degree? Here’s a list - and it’s not just performing. A Bachelor of Music in music performance from Seton Hill’s liberal arts environment prepares you for a host of possible careers:

  • Entrepreneur
  • Performing artist
  • Studio musician
  • Session musician
  • Ensemble musician
  • Music programmer
  • Pit orchestra musician
  • Church musician
  • Professional chorister
  • Music administration
  • Military/service bands/choirs
  • Private studio music instructor
  • Private school music teacher
  • Copyist/transcriber
  • Collaborative musician
  • Accompanist
  • Conductor
  • Music director

Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy

Music therapists are found everywhere! Use your degree to help others in a wide variety of settings, such as:

  • Educational settings, public and private
  • Nursing homes
  • Group homes
  • Geriatric centers
  • Hospice/Palliative care
  • Correctional institutions
  • Hospitals
  • Substance Abuse/Rehabilitation centers
  • Mental health care facilities
  • Private practice
  • Inpatient and outpatient psychiatric unit
  • Church/temple musician
  • Choir Director
  • Director of Music Ministry
  • Private studio instructor

AMTA’s Career Information

The education and career page for the American Music Therapy Association, the professional organization for music therapists, provides information about careers in music therapy, information on internship sites, continuing education, and much more.

Bachelor of Music in Sacred Music

Students majoring in sacred music normally prepare for careers in service to religious institutions. The degree also prepares you for many other options: 

  • Temple musician
  • Church musician
  • Organist
  • Choirmaster
  • Director of Music Ministry
  • Collaborative artist
  • Private studio music instructor
  • Private school music teacher
  • Professional chorister

The American Guild of Organists

The mission of the American Guild of Organists is to enrich lives through organ and choral music. The organization provides networking opportunities for its members, career resources, education opportunities, and a searchable database of job postings nationwide. 

The National Association of Pastoral Musicians

The National Association of Pastoral Musicians fosters the art of musical liturgy. The members of NPM serve the Catholic Church in the United States as musicians, clergy, liturgists, and other leaders of prayer. NPM provides a listing of posts available throughout the nation, primarily at Catholic institutions. 

The Career & Professional Development Center Works With You Throughout Your Academic Career – and After You Graduate

As a Seton Hill student you have the opportunity to work with career advisors who are committed to supporting you throughout your education – and who will continue to do so after you graduate.

Career advisors can provide:

  • Major & Career Exploration Advice.
Resume & Career Document Development.
Interview Preparation.
  • Networking Information.
Internship & Job Search Resources.

  • Graduate & Professional School Planning.

Find out more at setonhill.edu/careerservices.