Looking at the Options
Careers in Worship Arts
Worship arts majors learn skills that they can apply to a wide range of career choices. Listed below are but a few options when it comes to having a career in music.
- Worship Leader - Churches are looking for youth worship leaders who not only understand the theological and apologetic ideas of worship, but who know the theory, set up, scheduling, and talents needed.
- Youth Worship Leader - Youth groups are looking for youth worship leaders who engage the audience in worship and know the theory, set up, scheduling, and talents needed.
- Children's Choir Director - Many churches and para-churches look for choir teachers for their youth.
Choral Director - schools, activity/education centers, music groups often seek out people who not only know music, but know how to teach music as well.
- Music Industry - This broad field encompasses everything from publishing, recording, repairing, building, tuning, export and import. Typically, training and experience in business is desired for these choices.
- Music Teaching - Private schools, private companies, public companies, elementary and secondary schools and colleges all look for quality music training.
- Recording Industry - Careers in the recording industry can cover everything from administrative work, promotion, research, budgeting, mastering music, producing music, packaging recording, sales and merchandising. There are also many jobs involving contracts and other legal issues. Experience or training in business is a great combination for a career in the recording industry.
- Performance - Typically, performance careers start locally. Theaters, community colleges, restaurants and other entertainment organizations are always looking for quality performers.
- Conducting - Conducting usually requires and advanced degree in music. Responsibilities can range from rehearsing and scheduling to raising funds for performances.
- Music Director - Many churches or para-churches look for music directors for their youth and congregation.
- Music Therapy - An advanced degree in physical therapy is required to become a musical therapist. Schools, hospitals, nursing homes, mental institutions, treatment centers and physical therapy centers all look for great music therapists. Students interested in this field should consider joining JBU's pre-health program.
- Music Librarians - Libraries with large volumes of recordings, scores, compositions and periodicals often hire individuals with music training to organize and sort data.
- Music Licensing and Copyrights - These professionals work with the legalities of music contracts. Radio, TV, web designing, movies, print material, video games and other music media related fields all require music licensing. Experience in marketing or business is an asset.
- Music Critics - These professions require advanced degrees and extensive knowledge of music history. Music critics must have writing and journalistic abilities.
- Booking agent/Promoter - These professionals work with larger music agencies or organizations in administrative and marketing positions. An ability to network and communicate is highly desirable in this position.
- Symphony/Concert Managing - Scheduling tours, managing finances, contracting union agreements and logistical requirements are all part of working as a manager for a symphony. Background or training in business management is often required.
- Music Software Programmer - These individuals can work in private companies, music companies or larger media companies in producing unique music software programming. Training and knowledge in music as well as computer programming is required.
- Accompanist - Many production companies, colleges, universities, churches, theaters and record companies look for great accompanists.
Worship arts majors gain a unique experience at JBU. Cool things students can learn or experience include:
- Take part in the music theater workshop.
- Gain valuable theater and music experience by learning production techniques
- Learn about recording, writing and conducting music.
- Join the Cathedral Choir, a nationally recognized choral group.
- Audition for and join the Red Steps worship band. Check out the Red Step's last CD recording
- Participating in a music ministries ensemble gives you valuable experience through leading Chapel services while honing your music, leadership and organizational talents.
- Gain valuable work experience by becoming an accompanist for the theater department or community theaters
- Music students and non-music students can join a music ensemble. Jazz, classical or chamber ensembles allow students to develop skills outside of other classes!
- Students can put their music history knowledge to work and gain hands-on work experience by becoming a music librarian for the Music Department
- Perform in various music recitals to show your fellow classmates the vocal or instrumental pieces you practice each semester.
- Be a part of the Christmas Candlelight service.
- Apply for the student group for pianists: MTNA (Music Teacher’s National Association).
- Volunteer for the student group for everyone - CMENC (Collegiate Music Educators National Conference).