Your degree in Music

While studying Music, you’ll develop important skills through a comprehensive approach to the study of traditional and contemporary western art music, as well as through the analysis of music of other cultures, film music, jazz, and electroacoustic music.

These skills may include:

  • Creative and artistic expression in composition, conducting, ethnomusicology, musicology, music theory, and/or performance
  • Dedication, self-discipline, and commitment to quality in practice and performance
  • Memorization, concentration, and physical dexterity
  • Leadership and collaboration skills developed through small and large group projects and performances
  • Research and analysis of music theory, history and cultural perspectives
  • Acute attention to detail in critical assessments, reading, and writing of music
  • Ability to receive and apply constructive feedback in order to elevate performance or critical thinking skills
  • Public speaking and ability to engage audiences to increase impact and understanding of musical approach
  • Basic acoustics, hearing, digital sampling theory, music notation software, scoring for film and laptop sounds and sensors

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including music performance, composition, conducting, production, distribution, education, festivals, film, television, video games, advertising, arts administration, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.



Art director

Artistic director

Arts and culture association chairperson

Choir leader


Concert/Event planner


Event marketing specialist




Musical instrument maker

Musical instrument repairer

Musical instrument salesperson

Music arranger

Music camp leader

Music critic

Music education consultant


Musician/Singer agent

Music industry attorney

Music library assistant

Music school manager

Music software designer

Music teacher

Music therapist

Opera company director

Orchestra artistic director




Radio producer

Recording artist

Religious organization music director



Sound designer

Sound recording engineer

Sound technician

Tour manager

Voice teacher


Make the most of your program

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify understanding of your values and interests.

UBC Music Undergraduate Students’ Association
Meet other UBC students through events and programs. 

UBC student ensembles
Plan your audition for opportunities to join a small or large ensemble.

UBC A Cappella
Audition to join this collegiate a cappella community.

Concerts and departmental events
Attend performances, masterclasses, and other events with discounted ticket prices for students.

Departmental research opportunities
Reach out directly to faculty members to ask about potential research positions.

Music co-op success stories
Learn about the experiences of past and present co-op students from your program and others.

UBC School of Music career development
Check out undergraduate teaching assistantships, Work Learn positions, and other opportunities.

Scholarships and awards
Discover various UBC and external scholarship opportunities for undergraduate music students.

Music funding opportunities
See funding opportunities for music and the arts. 

Arts funding opportunities
Apply for grants from professional associations, corporations, non-profits, and government organizations.

Careers in music
Read about career paths in music and the professional skills employers are looking for.

Early Music Vancouver
Browse scholarship and mentorship opportunities as well as concerts, lectures, and other events.

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Volunteer to support educational programs, fundraising, and concerts, or provide shop assistance.

Vancouver Opera
Apply for volunteer positions in marketing, community engagement, front of house support, and others.

Music festivals in British Columbia
Find opportunities to volunteer at local music festivals across a variety of genres.

BC Alliance for Arts and Culture job board
Explore job opportunities in BC across a variety of fields in the arts.

Music BC
Sign up for songwriting workshops, sync summits, industry speaker events, and more.

Make connections

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you! You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors. 

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

More information

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