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

Because ethnomusicology is the study of a variety of musics in diverse cultures, it provides insights into the culturally varied way people think and act, insights that are essential for students living in a diverse, multicultural world.

Students will develop skills in:

  • designing and undertaking original research;
  • fieldwork that includes  interviewing and cultural participation;
  • library and archival research.

Fieldwork requires skills in:

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

The interdisciplinary basis of ethnomusicology, 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 ethnomusicology may complement or lead to careers in:

  • academia
  • archives and museums
  • arts administration
  • broadcasting
  • education
  • festivals and the music industry
  • music management and promotion
  • libraries
  • journalism
  • government
  • policy making.

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.

Chris McDonald
Associate Professor, Ethnomusicology

Office: CE251

Phone: 563-1415

Heather Sparling
Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology / Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (Musical Traditions)

Office: CE263B

Phone: 902.563.1242

Marcia Ostashewski
Associate Professor, Ethnomusicology / Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (Communities and Cultures)

Office: CE248

Phone: 563-1810

Kate Dunlay
Lecturer of Celtic Music within the Ethnomusicology Program

Office: Off Campus

Phone: 902.445.9797

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Kyle MacNeil