Graduates with degrees in music find employment in diverse fields, across all aspects of the music industry, and other creative fields.

There is a strong connection between passion and commitment to music and the study of music, which indicates that graduates tend to be strongly connected to their subject. Dedication, enthusiasm and focus are the hallmarks of music students and these employability factors are important to prospective employers.

Where Music graduates work

Graduates with degrees in music find employment in diverse fields. Careers range across all aspects of the music industry, and other industries such as film and television production, theatre, social research, communications, arts and culture administration, events management, education, libraries and museums. A few graduates achieve international and national recognition, becoming full time performers and composers. Others have portfolio careers that combine various professional music roles with other work.

On completion of a postgraduate qualification, others go on to work as qualified, registered music therapy clinicians supporting the development and wellbeing of people with emotional, intellectual, physical or social needs.

Skills Music graduates develop

Music graduates not only have well developed technical skills and knowledge but also unique transferable skills. These include the ability to closely analyse, critique their own and others' work, manage events, manage complex projects, and present and perform confidently. Many Music graduates are able to demonstrate resilience, collaborative excellence and leadership qualities. Other skills include:

  • Reading and writing music
  • Vocal/manual dexterity
  • Concentration and focus
  • Leading/participating in small and large groups
  • Understanding group dynamics
  • Attuned and sensitive listening skills
  • Excellent verbal and written skills
  • Research strategies, accessing relevant information
  • Recognising cultural differences and similarities
  • Thinking critically
  • Attending to details
  • Perceiving patterns/structures
  • Planning programmes
  • Meeting deadlines

For more information about career possibilities with a career in Music, see the Music Career View and the New Zealand School of Music.