After graduation

A degree in Music can prepare you for any number of exciting, music-related careers. Many careers involve further education and training beyond the undergraduate level, but the skills you learn and the strong foundation you receive in your Bachelor’s degree years form the basis for your work ethic, problem-solving capabilities, critical thinking and communication, discipline, and inter-personal skills.

Professions in the field:

  • Performance: Solo, ensemble, live or recorded

  • Teaching: Private lessons, early childhood education, or traditional classroom instruction

  • Arts administration: Agent, ensemble administrator, concert promoter or tour organizer

  • Composition/arranging: Music for games/films

  • Music broadcasting and recording: Sound recording and production

  • Instrument manufacturing, repair and sales

Graduate spotlight

Max Holten-Andersen BMus, Master of Arts in Music Theory, 2010

Max Holten-Andersen graduated from Brock with a BMus degree in 2010. After completion of his Master of Arts in Music Theory at the University of Ottawa, Max returned to Brock as a member of the Information Technology Services team. He is currently the IT and Media Technician in the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts and provides technical support to all occupants. He is also a sessional instructor in the Department of Music. Max’s ability to understand the particular artistic needs of the school’s occupants makes him an indispensable member of the team.

“My experience at Brock University definitely prepared me for the next stage of my life. The Department of Music has provided me with a strong knowledge foundation to pursue postgraduate education. The small class sizes allow for an intimate learning setting that encourages class participation and interaction with both faculty and colleagues. The department fosters a strong sense of community and peer support, thanks to which I bonded with like-minded people to create lifelong friendships. The program has also provided me with the resources and skills to be a successful educator, score editor, commissioned composer and musician.”

From our students

“Attending Brock University’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts for music was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The faculty and staff are knowledgeable, warm, generous with their time, and genuinely care about the future of their students. Lecture sizes are small and allow for discussion and questions from inquisitive minds, while performance classes are held in a nurturing and supportive environment. The Music Department at Brock has developed an atmosphere that feels inclusive and familial, encouraging exploration, academic excellence and artistic growth. I look back fondly at my time spent as a Brock music student, and am so thankful for all of the guidance and support I received while I was there. When I went on to pursue my master’s degree in Voice Performance and Literature, I was pleased to find that I was over-prepared for the academic challenges that were presented to me in graduate school. The strong foundation I acquired at Brock has even enabled me to continue on to studies at the doctoral level. With its new facility and state-of-the-art performance spaces, I’m excited to see what the future will hold for Brock Music.”

Leanne Vida, BMus, 2014, current DMA student, MMus

“I greatly enjoyed my time as a student in the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts. The small size of the Music Department made for an incomparably personal and gratifying experience, wherein I was able to learn in a focused environment, and build lasting friendships with like-minded students. The small lecture size allowed for as much face time with the instructors and professors as need be, and the tightly-knit social group formed amongst the student body (and faculty) made for a friendly setting throughout my years at university. I was given many valuable opportunities in my time there, whether in a specified, upper-year music course or in one of the many performance ensembles that are formed of students like myself. I couldn’t have asked for a more inviting, personal and engaging setting in which to gain my education in music.”

Tim Stacey, Bachelor of Arts, 2015