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Is Getting a Music Degree a Good Idea for My Future?

by | Aug 31, 2021

Do you find great joy when you immerse yourself in music? Did you have that one band or choir teacher who made a huge impact on your life? Music is a part of all our lives, yet few consider it as a career path. Could it be right for you? Pursuing your passion could be the difference between a lifetime of fulfillment or a lifetime of wondering ‘what if?.’ If music is your calling, a music degree may be just what your future needs. And the good news is that there are lots of jobs in the music industry.

Pursue A Music Career You Will Love

Did you know that only 13% of US workers are passionate about their jobs? That means that almost nine out of ten people are working in jobs that don’t excite them or give them meaning. People who aren’t satisfied on the job also aren’t engaged. They don’t seek out challenges or contribute as well as people who love what they do.

When you’re passionate about your career, work feels completely different. It may not even feel like work at all. You’ll be able to blend what you care deeply about with what you get paid to do. When what you care deeply about is music, you’ll also pass along your passion to others. Whether you choose to play, compose, conduct, share, or teach, you and your abilities can have a positive impact on others.

What Would I Learn in a Music Degree Program?

A music degree program will teach you much about music history, music theory, musical expression, performance, ear training, and choral and instrument conducting. You might also choose a concentration such as voice, instrument, church music, or performance.

And while you learn the particulars of your major, a music degree program will teach you an appreciation of the arts and an abundance of job skills that can help you succeed in your career:

  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Discipline and responsibility
  • Organization
  • Self-esteem
  • Sociology of different cultures and their music

What Kind of Career Could I Enter with a Music Degree?

Careers that are directly related to a music degree include:

  • Musician
  • Performer
  • School music teacher
  • Private music teacher
  • Sound designer
  • Sound engineer
  • Sound technician
  • Composer
  • Producer
  • Arranger

Careers that are indirectly related to a music degree may include:

  • Event manager
  • Stage manager
  • Arts administrator
  • Broadcast engineer
  • Talent agent
  • Historian
  • Marketer

There are many options available to you if you hold a music degree. What you learn and how you grow during your studies can help you journey down many expected and unexpected paths.


At Bluefield University, you can pursue your passion for music with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music. Our program lets you choose concentrations such as applied music for piano or voice, church music, music education or a general concentration. Music is also offered as a minor. Our campus has a wealth of practice spaces and you’ll also have ample opportunity to learn from dedicated faculty and perform with a variety of on-campus musical groups.

Do I only apply once?

  • No. Students must apply each academic year for the fall semester and submit the necessary documents.

Do I have to take the classes specified in the Associate's Degree tracks as they are listed on the information sheet?

  • No. Students may take any of the courses that are offered in a given term.

Where do I find the textbook listing, and where do I purchase the books?

  • Log in to myBU, and under the "Student" tab, you will find a list of the textbooks required (if any) for each course. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.

How long is a semester?

  • Our semesters are divided into two 8-week terms.

Is there an orientation?

  • Yes. Students can attend an orientation session that explains how to access courses, how to register for classes, and answers other questions.

Where can I find a course description?

Does the student need to take the SAT or ACT in order to take Dual Enrollment classes?

  • No. If a student decides to study at BU full time, BU is currently test-optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

Are the classes live? Do students need to log in and participate at certain times?

  • Classes are offered online, so a student can log-on and study at their convenience and their own pace. Students have assignments due each week; you can complete your assignments at any point in time before the deadline.

Does an Early College student need to come to campus for anything?

  • No. However, we would love to have you visit our campus if you are interested in continuing with traditional on-campus study. Students who complete their associate's degree have the option to walk at our commencement ceremony.

Are Early College students able to receive Financial Aid?

  • No. However, Early College courses are very affordable compared to other options. The cost for an online Dual Enrollment course is $100 per credit hour.

How do transferring credits work?

  • Each College or University completes a transcript review in order to decide which courses transfer. Sticking to general education classes generally makes transferring credits simple. All Early College courses at Bluefield University are general education classes that should transfer to another accredited institution.

Is an Early College student considered, and treated, as a transfer student when they become a full-time college student if they have earned enough credits to be a Junior?

  • No. Since they have not graduated from high school, they are considered a first-time college student regardless of how many credits transfer. However, by transferring credits when they enroll as a full-time student, they will have to take fewer classes to receive their bachelor's degree, which shortens the length of time to earn the degree.

Can I speak to someone if I have more questions?

  • Yes. Please contact the Office of Admissions by email or you can call them at 276.326.4231


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