Prepare Your materials

Handbooks and More

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.

Have Your Documents Reviewed
Quickguides
Résumé/CV and Cover Letter Handbooks
Résumé Builder
Tips for Writing a Teaching Philosophy
Tips for Writing a Personal Statement
Writing a Bio
Salary Resources
Interview and Audition Tips and Questions
Getting Started - Checklists
Reference Library

Have Your Documents Reviewed

Schedule a session:

For students and alumni
Visit us IML Suite|Careers Office on the Miller Center’s 1st Floor
Call us (585) 274-1210
Email us careers@esm.rochester.edu

For students only
Sign up Thursdays at the Writing Center, ESM 506 from 12:30p – 4:30p

Get email feedback:

For students and alumni
Email both Word and PDF versions of your current document(s) to careers@esm.rochester.edu for quick feedback or for detailed revisions.

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Quickguides

pdf Music Performance Résumé Quickguide
pdf Faculty CV Quickguide
pdf K – 12 Music Teaching Résumé Quickguide
pdf Cover Letter Quickguide
pdf Interview Preparation Quickguide

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Résumé/CV and Cover Letter Handbooks

pdf Résumé Writing
pdf The Music Performance Résumé Handbook
pdf The Pre K-12 Music Teacher's Résumé Handbook
pdf The Arts Administration Résumé Handbook
pdf The Cover Letter Handbook
pdf Securing an Academic Job in Music

Have your documents reviewed

Interfolio.com

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Résumé Builder

pdf Résumé Builder

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Tips for Writing a Teaching Philosophy

How to Write a Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Sample Teaching Philosophy

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Tips for Writing a Personal Statement

Purdue Online Writing Lab

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Writing a Bio

Musical America Blogs

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Interview and Audition Tips and Questions

Auditions
pdf Competitions: An In-Depth Look

K-12
Interview Practice Questions
pdf Interview Strategies that Work: How to Get the Job You Want

Higher Education
pdf Guide to Answering Academic Job Interview Questions
pdf Higher Ed Interview Questions (Performance & Teaching)

Arts Administration
pdf
Arts Administration Interview Questions

Conducting and Composition Graduate School Interview Questions
pdf Conducting and Composition Grad School Questions

Practice Your Interview


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Salary Resources

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

Average Orchestra Administrator Salaries

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)

Music Teacher Salary

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Getting Started

pdf Careers Checklist for Freshmen
pdf Careers Checklist for Grad Students

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Reference Library

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:

pdf Auditions
pdf Career Planning
pdf Financial Planning
pdf Health & Performance Anxiety
pdf Higher Education
pdf Job Hunting
pdf Job Hunting in the Music Industry
pdf Music Entrepreneurship
pdf Preparing for an Interview
pdf Student Guides
pdf Writing a Resume

Stop in the Office today to check out any of these books!

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