Hofstra music majors graduate with a combination of classroom instruction and professional experiences that are highly regarded in today’s competitive job market.
Each one of the seven music major tracks (history/literature, jazz and commercial music, music, music performance, music theory/composition, music education and music merchandising) presents students with a conservatory-based foundation in history, theory and ear-training.
Hundreds of our alumni in music education are successful band, choral and general music teachers throughout the country, especially the Northeast. Alumni from our Music Merchandising program include the president of D'Addario and Co. (one of the leading manufacturers of guitar and bowed instrument strings, Evans drumheads, and Planet Waves guitar accessories) and the vice president of A&R and advertising at Warner/Chappell Music. Additionally, the founder of Hofstra's Music Merchandising program (who is also a Hofstra alumnus and currently a professor emeritus of music) co-invented the Moog Synthesizer in 1964, revolutionizing the music industry.
Of those 2011-12 graduates who responded to a survey, 92 percent who earned a degree in the humanities reported being employed or pursuing graduate studies. They reported an average annual salary of $36,973.
Graduates of the class of 2012 reported getting the following positions with these companies within six months of graduation:
- Sam Ash
- Putumayo World Music (record label)
- New York City Department of Education
- New York State Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation
Examples of Industries Where Our Alumni are Currently Working
- Performance groups (ie. orchestras, bands, symphonies) of all musical genres
- Music Education
- Music Management
- Music Marketing
- Music Publishing
- Record Labels
- Recording Studios
- Sound Engineering
- Public Relations for the music industry
Additionally, many of our recent graduates are pursuing or planning to pursue advanced degrees in music and music education at institutions such as New York University, Pace University, Queens College and Hofstra University.
Information on various careers that may be of interest to Hofstra University Music Department majors are available in the Occupational Outlook Handbook, such as Musicians and Singers; Music Directors and Composers; Broadcasting and Sound Engineering Technicians; and Producers and Directors.
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