Music

Many occupations include music, the most obvious being a music teacher or performer. Performers who have dutifully improved their craft can audition for performance opportunities at theme parks, on cruise ships, and in productions in major cities like Branson, Nashville and New York City. Music instructors can prepare to teach Elementary/General Music, Concert/Show Choir, Concert/Marching Band, Jazz/Athletic Bands and more. Due to their inherent positives for students and strong ties to community public relations, these occupations have remained in high demand for decades. Others occupations linked to studying music include songwriter/composer, arranger, music therapist, or conductor. Music majors can also work on the business side of the industry and become agents or store owners.

Jackson College’s music students have access to the College’s incredible performing arts complex, the George E. Potter Center. Students who qualify can study and perform with the JC Jazz Ensembles, Drumline, African Drum Ensemble, Pep Band, Community Concert Band and Jackson Chorale. These provide valuable concert experiences as well as academic credit.

Admittance to a four-year college music program is highly competitive and requires an audition. It is recommended that students contact their intended transfer institution during their first year to schedule an audition time. Our music faculty will help you coordinate your plan with your transfer school, giving you every advantage we can provide.

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Jackson College Offers the following degree options:

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There are no educational requirements for musicians and singers interested in performing popular music; talent and experience are helpful. Many performers of classical music and opera have at least a bachelor’s degree.

Music teachers or band directors have a bachelor’s degree in music education.

Music students have access to Jackson College’s incredible performing arts complex, the George E. Potter Center. Students who qualify can study and perform with the Community Chorale and the Community Concert Band. These provide valuable concert experiences as well as academic credit.

Admittance to a four-year college music program is highly competitive and requires an audition. It is recommended that students contact their intended transfer institution during their first year to schedule an audition time.

Jackson College offers a variety of classes in music and performance opportunities. Be sure to check the transfer status of music classes with the university of your choice.

Job Opportunities

The study of music may lead to many occupations, the most obvious being a vocalist or musical entertainer. Others include songwriting, music teacher, music therapist, conductor, music critic or music librarian. Some music majors work on the business side of the industry and become agents or store owners.

Pay

Median hourly wages, $23.50 per hour.

Career Outlook

Employment of musicians and singers is expected to grow 5 percent through 2022.