Prepare Your materials
In an ideal world, musicians would always promote their "product"– themselves – in person. However, more often than not, these first impressions are made through inanimate professional materials, such as résumés, curriculum vitas and cover letters. How do you represent yourself best on paper? What makes you unique? The Office of Careers and Professional Development publishes "how to" guides that address the special needs of musicians. We also have many sample materials for your reference and offer individual counseling to help you put that perfect package together.
Résumé/CV and Cover Letter Handbooks
Tips for Writing a Personal Statement
Writing a Bio
Interview and Audition Tips and Questions
Competitions: An In-Depth Look
Arts Administration Interview Questions
Conducting and Composition Graduate School Interview Questions
Conducting and Composition Grad School Questions
Average faculty salaries: Annual survey by the American Association of University Professors.
The Chronicle of Higher Education (April, 2011).
The Orchestra Compensation Reports
Concertmasters, Music Directors, Music Executives
Music Careers in Dollars and Cents
Includes music positions in performance, education, writing, business, audio tech, therapy, emerging paths.
(Prepared by the Career Development Center, Berklee College of Music, 2012)
The Office of Careers and Professional Development maintains a significant library of reference books (see the annotated listing of what we have to offer) covering topics from performance anxiety to foundation grants. In addition, our website is an invaluable resource center, featuring links to a wide variety of internet sites pertaining to all aspects of the music industry.
Browse the books available by topic:
Health & Performance Anxiety
Job Hunting in the Music Industry
Preparing for an Interview
Writing a Resume
Stop in the Office today to check out any of these books!