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What Can I do With a Bachelor’s Degree in Music History

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A bachelor’s degree in music history teaches us about much more than music genres. Its students pursue in-depth study in a range of topics, from the origins of music to performance and composition. If you are wondering why bhangra is mainly associated with the Punjab region, or why Stevie Wonder is one of the most loved musical performer of this generation, this degree will enable you to quench your thirst. Music history graduates are equipped with the knowledge to pursue a variety of careers in the music industry and beyond.

Before listing these careers, here are some of the institutions offering competent music history degrees:

So, which jobs can your secure?

#1 Musicologist

Musicologists simply study music. They can, for instance, conduct research to establish the origin of a music genre. They use their intricate understanding of music history to determine the value of music to a certain community, or identify the kind of music that can be played for newborns. Musicologist can work for music research facilities and music publishing companies. Those, who wish to teach at universities, must earn an advanced degree. According to Indeed – musicologists make roughly $65,000 a year.

#2 Music Librarian

Just like the name suggests, music librarians work at music libraries, which may be located in universities, research centers or professional music unions. Music stores are also major employers. How do they apply music history knowledge in their day-to-day tasks? Well, they can help to classify music books and other musical collections, and assist researchers to easily locate reference books. Careers in Music reports music librarians make an average of $40,000 annually.

#3 Music Reporter

You are terribly wrong if you thought only a degree in journalism could land you a reporting job in media houses. With a bachelor’s in music history, you can be hired as a music reporter. Your job will be to attend musical events and share them with your employer’s audience. When a certain community is holding a music festival, your job is to explain the significance of the event to your audience. The average annual salary for all reporters and correspondents is $44,360, according to data compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

#4 Music Promoter

Music promoters are hired by recording companies, music publishers, as well as individual artists. When a musician releases a song, he needs to understand the demographics of potential consumers. Music promoters with a background in music history are able to determine this, since they know the genres that are popular with various communities and age groups. This enables recording companies to market songs more effectively. On average, promoters earn $41,000, Indeed reports.

#5 Music Composer

Music composers craft song lyrics for singers and other performing artists. They combine their artistic skills with music history knowledge to help artists create songs that can educate and entertain a specific audience. When an artist wants to do a song for the Hispanic-American community, the composers know the kind of musical content the community wants to hear. Top employers include established artists and music production companies. Although the BLS notes composers earn an annual wage of $ $54,560, they have the potential to make much more, especially in cases where they earn a percentage of the total revenue a song generates.

Finally, music history graduates can also become music critics, music teachers in primary and secondary schools, or music publishers.

So if you want to explore several aspects of music, this is a great option to pursue.

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