Co-op, Work Placements and Student Employment

You know you love music, but perhaps you need a little help knowing what you want to do with that passion. Even if you know what you want to do, you may need some help developing the skills, experiences, and networks that will lead to a satisfying career after graduation.

There are numerous opportunities to develop your resumé while you’re a student, including a co-op option (allowing you to take on full-time paid work while earning university credit), work placements (which can be paid or voluntary work placements that earn you university credit) and student employment (many faculty hire students to work as research assistants), among other opportunities.

CBU also offers career counselling.

Meet Ceila Cameron, a BACS Music Major, who enrolled in the co-op option and worked for the Celtic Colours International Festival:

Careers in Music

The study of music in diverse cultures offers insights into the culturally varied way people think and act, insights that are essential for students living in a diverse, multicultural world.

All programs in the arts and social sciences aim to develop students’ critical thinking skills, helping students to evaluate claims and arguments — whether published in writing by an established scholar or uttered on the radio by an average person from the community.

Music students will develop skills in:

  • critical reading (evaluating not just what is being said, but how it is being said and whether it is justified);
  • critical writing (structuring writing for particular audiences and supporting claims with evidence);
  • fieldwork that includes  interviewing and cultural participation;
  • library and archival research;
  • designing and undertaking original research;
  • musical analysis;
  • and for those who play an instrument or sing, performance.

With faculty expertise in ethnomusicology, students will learn to conduct fieldwork. Fieldwork requires skills in:

  • observation,
  • reporting,
  • documenting,
  • analysing,
  • multicultural understanding, and
  • written communication.

The interdisciplinary basis of music studies, together with the transferable skills and knowledge acquired during its study, make it beneficial for students taking a range of majors, and for students planning any number of careers.

Studies in music may complement or lead to careers in: academia; archives and museums; arts administration; broadcasting; private music education; festivals and the music industry; music management and promotion; libraries; journalism; and government and policy development.

For more information about music careers, visit:

The Cultural Human Resources Council: This excellent resource offers cultural career planning materials, charts of competencies required for various careers in culture, and a job board.

Artists House Music: This comprehensive website provides free information, support, guidance, and expert resources to help navigate the challenges and maximize the opportunities available within the music industry.