Music

Overview

Undergraduate majors choose from exciting, rigorous concentrations in Music Industry, Music Technology, and Composition that allow students to explore areas of interest that will prepare them for the broad array of careers in the music industry.

The Music  Department offers three concentrations:

Music History and Analysis

This concentration focuses on music history and analysis. The diverse curriculum includes courses in Western classical music, American music, World music, music theory, as well as a capstone course emphasizing independent research.

This concentration is designed to reflect the musical diversity available to us today. Accordingly, the five required history courses include American music, World music, Western classical music through 1900, and Western music from Stravinsky to the Present. The final capstone course involves archival research and writing for publication. Such publication includes writing program notes for concerts and/or articles for on-line or print media.

The concentration stresses writing skills and critical thinking which are transferable skills that are necessary and desirable all across the music industry.  Some of our students go on to graduate programs in historical musicology and ethnomusicology; others work for a diverse range of music businesses while others find success in professions unrelated to music.

Music Industry

One of the most exciting programs in Northeastern’s Music Department is the Music Industry concentration. Inaugurated in 1989, the program is the first of its kind in Boston, and prepares students for a broad array of career opportunities in the music industry.

The program includes music industry survey courses, business classes in the College of Business Administration, music theory, music history and music industry electives focusing on such topics as artist management, the music products industry, recording, and copyright law.

Our students have accepted co-op positions at record labels, music publishing companies, radio stations, music product companies, tour promoters, and other music industry related fields in many different parts of the world.

Music Technology

Music Composition and Technology is a selective program that combines rigorous coursework with a large number of exciting creative projects, rooted in the Western art music tradition. Students in the program learn to compose using the newest technologies and techniques, including sound design, real-time processing, synthesis, MIDI sequencing, digital audio mixing and mastering. Students also take courses in music theory, notation, history and analysis.

Department Website

Music Department

Job Titles

Acoustic Consultant Music Historian
Arranger Music Librarian
Arts Administrator Music Teacher
Booking Agent Music Therapist*
Boom Operator Music Video Producer
Business Manager Musician
Cantor Production Assistant
Composer Promoter
Concertmaster Publicist
Conductor Recording Technician
Copywriter Sales Representative
Disc Jockey Session Musician
Entertainment Lawyer* Singer
Instrument Repairer* Sound Technician
Journalist Stage Manager
Music Copyist Store Manager
Music Critic Talent Agent
Music Editor Voice Coach

Positions that may require additional education, training or licensing are indicated by an (*). Job qualifications are based not only on degree program, but on skills and experience. Students should seek out as many experiential opportunities in their fields of interests as possible, including co-op and internships.

Employers

This is a limited sample of employers who have posted jobs on HuskyCareerLink; please note, that they may not currently have positions posted.

3050 Music Group, Inc. Live Music Tutor
Ascend Learning Merit School of Music
Carl Fischer LLC Screened Images Multimedia
House of Blues Boston Superfly Productions

Industries

This is a sample of the industries that often hire this major.

Advertising /Marketing Historical Societies
Arts Councils Music Publishing
Cultural Institutions Non Profit
Entertainment Performing Arts
Government Production Companies
Higher Education Record Production

Internships

These samples titles can be used to research internship opportunities.

Sol y Canto and Amador Bilingual Voice

Theatre Management Intern

Warner Music Group Intern

On-Air Programming Intern

Boston Pops Volunteer Intern

Use HuskyCareerLink, SimplyHired.com, Indeed.com, or other internship sites to search for openings. 

Co-ops

For more information, please visit the College of Art, Media and Design website.

Students enrolled in the College of Professional Studies may search their website for co-op and internship information.

Resources

The following resources include various websites and campus resources that will aid you in exploring this career field and industry.

Websites for Career Exploration

Career Development Videos

Websites for Job Search

Campus Organizations and Activities

For additional student organizations click here.

For additional student involvement opportunities click here.

Professional Associations 

Find valuable industry information, job sites, and professional networking opportunities.

Social Media

Sample industry specific LinkedIn groups and Twitter handles. Stay on top of industry trends, company information, job listings and networking opportunities. Visit the Social Media and LinkedIn pages for more information on how to leverage your social media network.

LinkedIn Groups