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Know your Skills

You’ve already got skills!

While working towards your degree you will develop skills inside and outside the classroom that will attract the attention of employers and help you achieve your future goals. Knowing what your skills are is the first step.


Bachelor of Music Skills & Knowledge

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Skills and knowledge you may gain from your program:

  • Demonstrate a multi-layered knowledge of music in all forms
  • Exhibit skill in one or more areas of music analysis, composition, cultural theory, archival/historical research and ethnographic fieldwork in music
  • Identify and describe a wide range of traditions and repertoires of music along with their varying cultural and historical contexts
  • Communicate effectively to a range of different audiences
  • Work cooperatively in both musical and other forms of group activity
  • Critically apply a variety of musicological perspectives and techniques in the analysis of music
  • Recognize the relationship between creative, practical and theoretical forms of knowledge in music
  • Develop an appreciation of the place of music in culture and human life, and of the relationship of various musical traditions to one another
  • Perform on a principal musical instrument, and demonstrate general musicianship and cooperative, ensemble-playing skills at or near a professional level
  • Demonstrate self-awareness and progress towards a distinctive compositional style (for composers)
  • Incorporate the relevant use of instruments and contemporary sound recording technologies in a production of a performance or compositional practice
  • Apply concepts of common-practice, jazz, and other forms of theory to the analysis and performance of music

Transferable Skills

Transferable skills are a core set of skills and personal attributes that you can develop almost anywhere! They allow you to be adaptable and to succeed in virtually any work or school environment, as well as in everyday life. As a Carleton student, you are already gaining these valuable skills when you study, work at a Co-op or part-time job, volunteer, complete a practicum, join a club or engage in sports, even when doing group projects.

Here is a list of transferable skills which are highly sought after by employers. It was developed according to reports and research produced by provincial and federal governments, think tanks, and professional associations. Scroll through to learn more about People, Research & Planning, Thinking, and Personal Skills and to identify the skills you are developing!

Visit the Bachelor of Music website for more resources 

Future Possibilities with a Bachelor of Music

There are many paths and possibilities available to you upon graduation. The path that you choose to take with your degree will be influenced by a number of things: your skills, interests and values, the job market, the people you meet and even chance events!  

Here is a sample of the diverse career paths of recent alumni created using data from LinkedIn. You can also check out career paths of Carleton alumni by visiting LinkedIn. Some positions may require additional education, training and experience.   


  • Self-Employed Concert Pianist
  • Senior Relationship Manager in Banking
  • Self-Employed Vocalist and Music Teacher
  • Band Supervisor in Non-Profit Community Group
  • Testing and Training in Federal Government
  • Freelance Opera Singer
  • Individual Giving Coordinator in Symphonic Organization
  • President and Recording Artist in Music Industry
  • Public Relations Intern in Communications
  • Business Manager in Automotive Sales
  • Teaching Assistant in Post-Secondary
  • Self-Employed Piano Teacher
  • Contracts Administrator in Design Industry
  • Freelance Professional Actor, Opera and Musical Theatre Singer
  • Music Professor in Post-Secondary

  • Music Composition
  • Teaching
  • Management
  • Performance
  • Post Production
  • Audio Engineering
  • Music Direction
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Communications
  • Project Management
  • Proposal and Grant Writing
  • Sound Design
  • Human Resources
  • Public Relations

  • Music Teacher
  • Music Director
  • Music Professor
  • Musician
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Library Clerk
  • Banking Relationship Manager
  • Nutrition Educator
  • Creative Marketing Associate
  • Grant and Proposal Writer
  • Human Resources Coordinator
  • Professional Actor, Opera and Musical Theatre Singer
  • Recording Artist
  • Acting Coach
  • Graphic Designer
  • Song Writer
  • Box Office Assistant
  • Music Administrator
  • Event Audio Visual Technologist
  • Audio Engineer

Get Involved, Gain Skills

Getting involved in on- and off-campus activities for pay or as a volunteer helps develop skills, build resumes, construct successful graduate and professional school applications, and will help you to succeed in life after graduation. It will also help you to clarify your interests and strengths.


Within Your Program

Many programs have societies and clubs which provide excellent opportunities for you to get to know your peers and discuss topics related to your degree. Your department may also offer opportunities to get involved in conferences, associations, co-op and practicum placements, events, and research. Your professors are also an invaluable resource.

Visit your department’s office or website to discover events and opportunities for current students.

Other Ways to Get Involved

Co-Curricular Record

The Co-Curricular Record (CCR) is an official document of your involvement outside of the classroom.

Search the Co-Curricular Record to find activities that will match your interests and build your employability skills.

Visit the CCR Website 

NEXT STEPS


Step 1 – Connect with Career Services and access numerous resources to:

  • Explore career paths
  • Identify and showcase your skills to increase your employability
  • Strategically look for jobs, volunteer and experiential opportunities

Step 2 – Check out the LinkedIn Students App to:

  • Discover jobs that are a good fit for your degree, see career paths of recent alumni and build your network