This subject guide for music students provides information on career planning, graduate school, summer festivals/camps, and study abroad.
It's never too early to start keeping and up-to-date resume and repertoire list! The samples below are based on actual resumes and repertoire lists by Blair faculty members and students. Use them as guides when drafting your own resume and repertoire list. You can find additional advice on writing your resume from the Center for Student Professional Development.
Have you given much thought to life after graduation from Blair? Even if this is a distant goal, it's not to early to start planning for your future. The Vanderbilt University Center for Professional Student Development (formerly known as the Career Center) is available to help you, offering career coaching, job search skills, internships, and much more.
The Center for Professional Student Development also partners with faculty members at Blair to provide targeted programming for undergraduate music majors. Past events for Blair students include:
- "What's Next? Blair in Your Life Plan" - session presented each August for rising sophomores and juniors. The session covers career planning, networking, interviewing, and professional communications.
- Recital hour presentations sponsored by Blair and the Center for Professional Student Development.
- Resume workshops tailored for Blair students.
- Field trips to the Schermerhorn Symphony Center and the Country Music Hall of Fame.
- Networking opportunities with Blair alumni, including meals, receptions, and alumni panels.
Great Jobs for Music Majors
Call Number: e-book
Publication Date: 2005
"GREAT JOBS SERIES ANSWERS THE QUESTION "WHAT CAN I DO WITH A MAJOR IN . ." Every college major gives students valuable skills and training, perfect for a wide range of careers. The Great Jobs series helps students: Assess talents and skills for a job Explore a wide range of career options Target the perfect career Present college majors as workplace assets Perfect their job search And much more!
Understanding the Classical Music Profession
Call Number: e-book
Publication Date: 2008-10-01
Understanding the Classical Music Profession is an essential resource for educators, practitioners and researchers who seek to understand the careers of classically-trained musicians, and the extent to which professional practice is reflected within existing classical performance-based music education and training. Bennett maintains that a musician cannot be simply defined as a performer, but that a musician is someone who works within the profession of music in one or more specialist fields. The perception of a musician as a multi-skilled professional working within a portfolio career has significant implications for policy, funding, education and training, and for practitioners and students seeking to achieve sustainable careers.
Call Number: ML3795 .B42 2010
Publication Date: 2010-11-05
The first edition ofBeyond Talentquickly became a favorite among classical and jazz musicians, and has been used in courses at scores of conservatories and universities. This expanded second edition provides updated user-friendly advice, inspiring examples, and practical tools to advance a career in music. Packed with new tips and resources,Beyond Talentnow covers everything from social networking tools, to commissioning, branding, and online fundraising, as well as tips on staying motivated, assessing one's strengths and weaknesses, and managing time, money, and stress. Loaded with new sidebar profiles from entrepreneurial musicians, artist managers, and concert presenters, the new edition balances warmth and candor with straightforward advice on developing and sustaining a meaningful life in music.Beyond Talentis the ideal companion for students and professionals, emerging musicians and mid-career artists.
Disciplining the Arts
Call Number: ML3795 .D47 2011
Publication Date: 2010-12-16
Increasingly, the availability of entrepreneurship education is becoming a factor in college choice as fine arts students demand training that helps them create an arts-based career after graduation. Disciplining the Arts explores the policy, programming, and curricular issues in the emerging field of arts entrepreneurship.
Sara J. Beutter Manus
Music Librarian for Education and Outreach
Anne Potter Wilson Music Library
2400 Blakemore Avenue
Nashville, TN 37211
Blair 2134BSend Email