Music Degree - Online and Campus Programs

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  • MA: Music and Worship: Worship Music Studies
  • MA: Music Education: Music Studies
  • Master of Arts: Worship Studies: Worship Techniques
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Now is a particularly exciting time for media production, but with technology more advanced than it ever was, starting a career in production is challenging without the proper skills. The Institute of Production & Recording (IPR) associate degrees can help you fill the gaps in your media production knowledge with the following associate degree programs:


Audio Production & Engineering

Music & Entertainment Business

Sound Design for Visual Media

Live Sound & Show Production

Digital Video & Media Production



Locations:  Minneapolis, MN

  • Associate in Applied Science in Audio Production and Engineering

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Get a degree that Silicon Valley is searching for.

Located in the heart of the Silicon Valley, Cogswell College is uniquely positioned to train you for the next wave of jobs in technology, animation, audio, and video game companies. But our location isn’t our only benefit to you—our programs combine creativity, technology, and business, to prepare you for the industries you’re so passionate about. Cogswell immerses you in the Silicon Valley, so you can emerge with the real-world skills needed to thrive wherever you go.”

Earn your Bachelor’s degree in: 


  • Game Design & Development
  • Digital Art & Animation
  • Digital Audio Technology
  • Computer Science & Engineering 
  • Business Administration

Locations:  San Jose, CA

  • Digital Audio Technology

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A career in the music industry can be difficult--long periods of unemployment, unpredictable hours, low salaries, and frequent bouts of rejection. But for those with talent and passion for music, the trials and tribulations are worth it.

What Are My Career Options in Music?

Not all music industry professionals are singers or musicians. Other jobs include:
  • Composers, who create original music for symphonies or media
  • Music directors or conductors, who direct, plan, and conduct performances by symphonies, choirs, or musical troupes
  • Arrangers, who adapt pieces of music for particular uses
  • Music teachers, who instruct others in vocal or instrumental performance, or in understanding and appreciating music in general
  • Producers, who identify musical talent and may record their work, distribute, and market it.

Do I Need a Music Degree?

Most musicians would agree that talent is more important than formal training. However, honing that talent through formal voice or instrument training programs is crucial for your career. Such music programs also enable budding musicians to get practice performing. If you want to work in the business of music, you need formal business training in addition to musical skills. And, of course, if your interests lie in teaching, you need at least a bachelor's degree, and likely a master's degree.

What Can I Expect From a Music Career?

The future of music careers isn't likely to change much in the coming years, which is why the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts average growth of about 8 percent through 2018. And although it's possible to make a lot of money in music, it's extremely rare; the median hourly salary for musicians in 2008 was $21.24.