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If you are devoted to academics, practice, and performance, four exciting music career track choices —Education and Performance, Sound Engineering, Music Industry, and Music Therapy— await you at SUNY Broome. The A.S. in Music prepares you for transfer to institutes offering baccalaureate degrees. The A.S. in Music: Sound Engineering prepares you for immediate employment.

Once you have completed your A.S. Degree, you might choose to work in a music store or sound recording studio. Or, you may teach privately and/or perform in musical groups. If you decide to transfer in order to complete a baccalaureate degree program, you may want to teach in a public school, pursue a Master's degree, or secure employment in various sectors of the music industry.

An A.S. in Music allows you to turn your passion for music into an exciting career. Here are some of the many career possibilities that you may want to pursue. Many will need additional education at a transfer institution, but some you can start upon completion of your A.S. in Music degree!

Selected Careers in Music
Music Performance

  • Opera Singer ($10,000-$215,000)
  • Cruise Ship Musician ($24,000-$54,000)
  • Freelance Musician ($15,000-$100,000+)
  • Orchestral Musician ($25,000-$95,000+)
  • Church Organist ($22,000, $85,000+)
  • Recording Artist (The Sky is the Limit!)

Music Education

  • K-12 Music Teacher ($28,000-$75,000)
  • College Professor ($25,000-$80,000+)
  • Private Instrument Teacher ($20,000-$60,000+)

Music Therapy

  • Music Therapist ($28,000-$135,000+)
  • Voice Therapist ($55,000-$100,000+)

Music Industry

  • Entertainment Lawyer ($60,000-$1,000,000+)
  • Business Manager ($25,000-$1,000,000+)
  • Music Journalist/Reviewer/Blogger ($26,000-$150,000+)
  • Executive Director of a non-profit ($22,000-$1,000,000+)
  • Promotion Manager ($31,000-$97,000+)
  • Concert Hall Manager ($26,000-$95,000+)
  • Nightclub Manager ($25,000-$180,000+)

Sound Engineering

  • Recording Engineer ($29,000-$160,000+)
  • Sound Engineer ($26,000-$60,000+)

Program Supervised by:
Brenda Dawe
Office, CS114B

A Letter to Liberal Arts Dean, and Former Music Department Chair Dr. Michael Kinney

I recently graduated from SUNY Fredonia (after transferring from SUNY Broome) with a bachelor's degree in Music Therapy. I am currently in my first year of the Graduate Music Therapy program that just started at SUNY Fredonia. I did well in the theory placement test initially during the transfer process, and moved right into Theory IV. Taking Music Theory classes with you at SUNY Broome helped me so much in my education, and you were the best theory professor I've had to date.

Right now I'm in a Graduate level Analytic Techniques class, and we're learning about Schenkerian Analysis. You used to mention aspects of Schenkerian Analysis in your theory classes, and I was always fascinated by the concept, and now I am finally learning about it! I suppose I just wanted to share my excitement with the first person who introduced it to me, and to thank you for your influence on me and my education.

- SUNY Broome Music Graduate Brin Taylor



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Transfer Information

After earning their A.S. degree, some of our students transfer to complete BM (Performance), BM (Music Therapy), BS (Music Therapy), BS (Sound Recording Engineering), BA (Music), BA (Music Industry), BMed (Music Education), BFA (Musical Theater), as well as many other degrees in other disciplines. Some of the transfer colleges include:

  • Adelphi University
  • Binghamton University
  • Ithaca College
  • Mansfield University
  • Marywood University
  • Nazareth College
  • SUNY College at Brockport
  • SUNY College at Fredonia
  • SUNY College at Oneonta
  • SUNY College at Potsdam
  • SUNY College at Purchase