Elective: Careers in Music - All levels

Careers in Music – All levels (10-20-30)

A career in music provides students with the opportunity for lifelong employment with excellent opportunity for mobility and advancement. Music is a basic commodity that takes on many styles and forms in our society. This module is designed to familiarize students with the many possibilities that exist in the field of music in the working world.

To complete this module, you need to complete three tasks: Career Search, Part-Time Musician, and Featuring Me.


Career Search

Click on this link to access the ALIS website: http://occinfo.alis.alberta.ca/occinfopreview/info/browse-occupations.html

On the right hand side under “Search Filters”, click on “High School Subjects.” Scroll down the list until you see “Music” and click the checkbox beside it. The list of careers should change to filter only those careers that are associated with music (approx. 17 choices).

1. Choose 4 careers that you want to know more about.

2. Click on the career to view the occupational profile. Click on the yellow highlighted “View Full Profile” to see more details about the career.

3. For each career, answer the following questions:

  • What is the career title?
  • What are the duties?
  • What personal characteristics do you need to be successful in this career?
  • What educational requirements are necessary?
  • What is the average wage/salary?
  • Is this a career that you are interested in pursuing? Why or why not?


Part-Time Musician

Just because music is not your primary career choice does not mean that you can’t be a musician. For example, the World Doctors Orchestra (http://www.world-doctors-orchestra.org/) is an amateur ensemble made up of people who work as doctors and medical professionals, but also enjoy music. They get together a few times a year to learn music and put on a concert. They perform music of a very high caliber, even though they are not technically professional musicians.

1. Your task is to search for groups in your community where students and adults can perform music. This could be a church or community choir, a band or orchestra, a jam night at the community league, or any other place where people meet and play music together for fun and learning.

2. Places to look for this information could be your city’s local website, ads in the newspaper, or ask your private music instructor.

3. Fill in this chart with your search results. Try to find as many as possible, but you must list at least 5 groups.

Name of Group

What type of group is it? (band, choir, etc.)

Where is it located?

Who can join? (children, teens, adults?)

What type of music do they perform?






Featuring Me

Music is a performance art and sharing it with others is a rewarding experience for you and the listeners. You get to present music that you like and have worked hard on and the audience gets entertained and hopefully enjoys the music as much as you do. At this point in your musical journey, it’s possible that you have not really performed for an audience. Maybe you have just performed for your family and friends or for some judges at a music festival. Maybe you are very shy and no one has ever seen you play your music ever. Or maybe you are a seasoned performer who has toured across the world! For this task, you will be advertising your services as a “professional musician.”

1. Design a poster that could be displayed on a community bulletin board or at a music store or school for people to see and possibly hire you to play music at their event. This poster needs to be eye-catching and informative.

2. Also include a written summary of your musical services that answers the following questions:

  • What instruments do you play? Do you sing?
  • Are you a soloist or will you play with a group or band?
  • What style of music will you perform?
  • Where will you perform? What sort of events? (weddings, senior centre, birthdays, etc.)
  • How much will you charge?
  • Your contact information (email address only)