What Can I Do With a Major in Music?

Music is a significant part of campus life at Bates.  Every year hundreds of students take music courses, study vocal and instrumental performance privately for academic credit, and participate in our choirs,  orchestra, jazz band, jazz combos, chamber ensembles, steel pan orchestra, and Indonesian gamelan.  On balance, musical life at Bates is richer than at almost any other liberal arts college in the East.

Related Careers

  • Performing Artist, Music Critic, Band or Orchestra Manager
  • Media Music Critic, Columnist, Writer
  • Nonprofit Arts Manager, Promoter
  • Technology Sound Manager, Recording Studio / Production Manager
  • Education Elementary, Secondary, or College Teaching, Individual Instruction
  • Music Librarian, Composing/Arranging, Music Therapy


  • Set Design Intern, Portland Stage Company Theater


  • Teacher, City Year, San Antonio, TX
  • Music Teacher, Camp Encore Coda

Graduate School

  •  JD, Boston College Law School

Links for Further Research

  • American Guild of Music
  • International Business Music Association
  • American College of Musicians
  • Association of Concert Bands
  • Chamber Music America
  • Music Critics Association of North America
  • Society of Composers and Lyricists
  • Society of Professional Audio Recording Services
  • Guitar and Accessories Marketing Association