Department of Music


Jumpstart your music career

Our outstanding Department of Music prepares you for careers in classical performance, jazz performance and composition, sound engineering arts, music education, music and entertainment industries, and popular music. Our music students work directly with world-renowned faculty who are also in-demand performers. They benefit from exceptional student performance opportunities with ensembles, both on campus and throughout the New York metropolitan area. They also gain hands-on experience in our state-of-the-art music production and recording studios. Here are some key national statistics for music careers from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE),, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Starting Salary

Average Starting Salaries in Music (NACE)

Noteworthy Music Jobs and Mid-Career Salaries (PayScale)

Secondary Education Music Teacher $78,900 Music Director & Composer $63,090 Sound Engineering Technician $67,860 Entertainment Talent Director $80,101 Digital Marketing Specialist $77,900 Events & Marketing Director $174,700
Six months out of graduation

Alumni in music, communication and art employed or in graduate school within 6 months after graduation

What You'll Learn

In our music programs, students learn in-demand skills that employers have identified as critical for job candidates, including:

  • Performance skills
  • Composition and arranging techniques
  • Conducting and musical direction
  • How to teach music
  • Social media skills

Key Skills for Careers
in Music

as indicated by Employers
and Alumni on LinkedIn

Audio Recording

Music Composition

Music Production

Social Media



Teaching Certification

Conducting/Music Direction

*LinkedIn Workplace
Learning Report 2021

WP Music welcomes students who may have suffered from recent collegiate program closures and we are committed to helping them finish their degrees in music. We are one of the most stylistically diverse programs in the nation, with many options for aspiring performers, composers, educators, sound engineers, and music businesspersons. We are happy to facilitate transferring to WP. Please click Apply/Audition and reach out to our Chairperson Dr. Payton MacDonald and Director of Music Admissions Skyler Hagner.