Consider Joining a Professional Association

Regardless of what program you are in, there are always opportunities to become involved in professional associations. What are the benefits of professional associations?

  • Connection to other professionals in your field (opportunities to network)
  • Opportunities for professional development in the form of journals, conferences, and workshops
  • Job postings
  • Latest news and events for the field
  • and MORE!

Here is a small list of professional associations for music majors: – National Association for Music Education – Orchestra of the Americas – Chamber Music America – The International Horn Society – Guitar Foundation of America – Opera America – American String Teachers Association – College Music Society – International Society for Music Education – Kentucky Music Educators Association – Kentucky Music Teachers Association – Music Teachers National Association – American Music Therapy Association Students – Mid-Atlantic Region American Music Therapy Association job opportunities – American Music Therapy Association – Music Therapy Association of Kentucky (MTAK) – National Band Association – Conductors Guild – American Bandmasters Association – American Choral Directors Association – Society for Music Theory – Music Theory Society for the Mid-Atlantic


Tips for Wellness

I came across this YouTube video while perusing the University of Colorado at Boulder College of Music website. This video discusses five tips that can promote wellness among musicians. Take a look at the video and see if you find it helpful:

Expanding your job search

Expanding Your Job Search: Consider a different geographic location

Many students begin their job search with a narrow geographic location in mind. However, you may find it easier to secure a job by casting a wider net. Bloomberg Businessweek reveals the nation’s best cities for recent college graduates seeking employment (Di Meglio, 2010). Check them out:

1. Houston, TX
2. Washington, D.C.
3. Dallas, TX
4. Atlanta, GA
5. Austin, TX
6. Minneapolis, MN
7. Pittsburgh, PA
8. Denver, CO
9. Columbus, OH
10. Fort Worth, TX
11. Boston, MA
12. New York City, NY
13. Tulsa, OK
14. Oklahoma City, OK
15. Kansas City, KS
16. Philadelphia, PA
17. Cleveland, OH
18. Charlotte, NC
19. Phoenix, AZ
20. Dayton, OH
21. Salt Lake City, UT
22. Milwaukee, WI
23. Cincinnati, OH
24. San Antonio, TX
25. Richmond, VA
26. Knoxville, TN
27. Tucson, AZ
28. Seattle, WA
29. Portland, OR
30. Tampa, FL

Bloomberg Businessweek ranked the cities by compiling the following information: unemployment data, cost of living indices, number of entry-level job postings, and average salaries. You can find additional information about each of these cities at the following website:

Finding Guidance

Mentors represent a valuable tool for student career development. Take a look at David Cutler’s article about the significance of mentors: Career Mentorship: The Lost Education. As you read the article, think about the current people in your life who could serve as a mentor to you. Ideally, a suitable mentor would be someone who is significantly more experienced that you. Their experience will help guide you through the career development process. Mentorships can be formal or informal. In formal mentorships, the mentor and mentee meet on a regular basis and are typically structured in nature. Informal mentorships often allow for the development of a close bond between the mentor and mentee. The structure of your mentorship is up to you. You must determine what type of structure will be of most value to you.

UofL Music Career Development Events

The semester is in full swing now! Join me for some career development workshops and events throughout the next several months. Take a look at the semester schedule of events:

January 31, 6:00-7:00
Resume and Cover Letter Workshop
School of Music room 135

February 2, 2:00-3:00
Resume and Cover Letter Workshop
School of Music room 130

February 21, 5:30-6:30
Career Spotlight on Music Performance
School of Music room 135

March 2, 2:00-3:00
Interview Skills Workshop
School of Music room 130

March 7, 6:00-7:00
Interview Skills Workshop
School of Music room 135

March 30, 2:00-3:00
Graduate School Workshop
School of Music room 130

April 4, 6:00-7:00
Graduate School Workshop
School of Music room 135

Music career advice coming soon!

Calling all UofL music students and alumni-

Whether you are majoring in Music Education, Music Therapy, Performance, or Composition, this blog will serve as a resource and tool for those of you seeking career advice for the field of music. I will update the blog approximately one time per week with relevant information, news, and general advice for building your career in music. Feel free to contact me with particular requests of items you would like to see included on this blog- I encourage your input!

Kindest Regards,

Nikki Glenos
Career Coach Graduate Assistant
University of Louisville