Music Industry Occupations Project

The purpose of the Music Industry Occupations Project is to encourage students to explore the broad field of career options available in music, both to develop general awareness of the economic impact of the music industry, but also to help students identify their own career interests and explore if and how music may tie in to those interests. 

This paper is worth 40 points and is due on or before Wednesday, December 15. When finished it should be between 3-5 pages, double-spaced with 12 pt. Times New Roman font and one-inch margins.  Cite your sources using ENDNOTES. Finally, PRINT THE RUBRIC and staple it to the back of your paper. The endnotes page and the copy of the rubric are not included in the final 3-5 page count. 

First, click HERE to see a glossary of careers that are related to music. Identify the music career that interests you most. You may select a music career that is not on this list, but please make sure the focus of your paper is on an occupation, and not a music related hobby. Use the RUBRIC to guide you as you write the essay to get the highest grade possible.

Part 1: Job description
In several paragraphs, describe what this person does from day to day, month to month? Describe the various duties required to do this job, and the skills that one would need to execute these duties well.

Part 2: Getting a Job 
Describe the process of getting a job in this field. 
    A. What amount of schooling is required to be employable in this field; which colleges/universities have established degree programs in this field, and how much would it cost to get the necessary degrees at these schools? 
    B. How easy is it to find a job in this field? Where are the jobs? Describe the kinds of salaries this career offers; include entrance, ceiling, and average salaries. Describe the opportunities for growth and promotion. Describe other jobs/salaries this may lead to.

Part 3: The Happiness Factor
Finally, take a paragraph or two to summarize if this is a job you could see yourself doing. 
    A. For you, what would be the most enjoyable part of this job? Describe some of the least enjoyable parts of this job? 
    B. What kinds of things to do want to be able to do in the next 10 years of your life, and does this career fit in with that picture? Why or why not?


Getting an A on this project--Resources and Tips for Getting the Highest Grade Possible
1. Use Ms. Schulz, our career center, and the web resources this school offers. It would be a mistake for any student to try and write this paper without spending some time on the the S.C. Occupational Information SystemClick on SCOIS and follow instructions (username and password) to gain free access to this valuable service.

2. Use Google or other engines to the fullest of your creative ability to search general topics like "music careers," "music career salaries," "music career job descriptions," and also specific searches "job openings for music technicians," "luthier schools," "major in music management." If you can think it, you can search for it.

3. Use the RUBRIC to guide your writing and give yourself time to do a good job--don't wait until the last minute. Your papers will be held to the same standards as your final performances; each paragraph will be read for complete content, good organization, and will be graded thoroughly. Students are expected to put their best thought into this written project; last minute rush jobs will be torn to shreds (figuratively speaking, of course).


Extra Credit

Students who score at least a C or better will be offered an extra credit assignment that could bring their project grade up to 100% or higher. To earn extra credit, students must contact and briefly interview a person in the career field addressed in the paper. Ask the same questions outlined in the essay writing prompt, and get the answers to these questions from the professional in the field. In the happiness factor, ask the professional what he/she likes and dislikes most about the job.