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A Major in Music History

Description of Major


This major educates students about Western music and music literature, both of the past and present. It deals with music and musical sources from ancient times to modern in vocal, instrumental, and electronic/computer media.

For more information on studying Music History:  click here


Employment Opportunities


Graduates are prepared for a wide range of positions in newspapers, education, record companies, or music publishers. A variety of jobs are available for music history graduates, including:

Arts Administrator Audio-Visual Librarian
Band Director Composer
Concert Manager Curriculum Designer
Lecturer Museum Music Curator
Music Consultant Music Critic
Music Librarian Music Reporter
Music Teacher Music Therapist
Professor  Songwriter
Studio Teacher Technical Writer
Television Director Transcriber
Tutor University Music School Administrator


Some positions listed may require education or training beyond an undergraduate degree.


 Additional Links        


National Music Foundation

American Federation of Musicians 

American Musical Instrument Society

The College Music Society 

UC College-Conservatory of Music