UGA Specific Information for Music Performance

The program of study leading to the Bachelor of Music with a major in performance is comprehensively designed to prepare for a career as a professional musician, a studio teacher, or a college professor. The degree provides a strong foundation in music history, music theory, and performance to ensure adequate preparation for continued study at the graduate level. Students enjoy numerous performance opportunities during their four years, including required third and fourth-year solo recitals.

Students earning this degree are prepared for a career as a professional performer or a studio teacher. Areas requiring high-level performance skills include, for example, radio broadcast, television, filmmaking, church music programs, and professional orchestras and bands. The degree also prepares the student for graduate study, which is designed to enhance skills and provide a credential for teaching at the college/university level.

Possible Employers Who May Hire UGA Music Performance Majors

Entertainment Companies | Media Firms | Music and Film Industry | Music Industry Associations | Opera Companies | Orchestras and Bands | Production Companies | Various School Districts

Possible Job Titles for UGA Music Performance Majors

Composer/Arranger | Music Instructor | Music Publicist | Orchestra Manager | Studio Musician | Talent Agent | Teacher

Graduate/Professional Schools Attended by UGA Music Performance Majors for the Class of 2016*

Georgia State University-Perimeter College | New York University | Rider University | San Francisco Conservatory of Music | The State University of New York at Albany | The University of Georgia | The University of Maryland - College Park | The University of North Carolina

UGA Music Performance Career Outcomes for the Class of 2016*

** Includes Self-Employed

*Source: Areas above marked with an Asterisk (*) have been created utilizing data taken from the UGA Career Outcomes Survey. The "Employers Hiring ..., Job Titles of ..., Career Outcomes for ..., and Graduate Schools Attended By ..." information listed above represent UGA Graduates. The lists are not exhaustive and therefore do not represent all potential career options. Click here for more detailed Career Outcomes information regarding this major.

Campus Resources

Additional UGA Career Center Recommendations/Considerations

It is never too early to begin building your professional network. Get involved and build your resume early.  Consider internships and volunteer opportunities to demonstrate work ethic and experience through-out your resume. Join student organizations that fit your interests and career goals.  Also, consider informational interviews of professionals within your field.  Visit the career center website or career guide for more information about informational interviewing including questions to ask and a cold calling script. 

Supplemental Career Research Dashboard

Additional Career Research Resources

Employment Websites

  • Handshake (login with your UGA MyID and password)
  • GoinGlobal (under the “Resources” tab and select “Online Resources”)
  • Idealist (nonprofit jobs)
  • USAJobs (federal jobs)

Professional Associations/Resources