Career development and professional practice skills are critical for Setnor School of Music students and an integral part of our curricula.
In addition to the tools acquired in your major, Setnor's Career Development Center provides a variety of career development offerings specifically designed for music majors. If you'd like to explore coursework in essential business tools, you may wish to pursue our successful music industry minor or the entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises minor, which is offered through Syracuse University's Martin J. Whitman School of Management.
Performance opportunities—including solo recitals and ensemble participation—provide additional opportunities to gain professional practice skills. Many of the groups read, perform, and record the work of student composers.
Visiting and resident composers, conductors, performers, scholars, and industry leaders are a wealth of professional knowledge, and you will have the opportunity to interact with them throughout your Syracuse education. In addition to the numerous events in the Setnor School—including master classes, performances, and the Soyars Leadership Lecture Series, which brings prominent music industry professionals to campus—you can explore those of other areas of the college and University, including the University Lectures.
You can apply the skills you learn in the studio and classroom in professional settings by voluntarily participating in an internship. Such experiences put your theoretical knowledge into a real-world context, enhance your academic credentials, and give you a competitive edge in the job market.
SU’s Center for Career Services can serve as an additional resource for you. From your first day on campus to your graduation (and beyond), Career Services is here to help you with all things related to your career. This includes finding internships and securing them for academic credit, crafting resumes and cover letters, connecting with alumni and employers, applying to graduate school, and more.