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Music Career Opportunities

Teaching music and education offer various employment opportunities in the private and public sectors. A professional musician with business skills and musical versatility can make a career out of performance and related activities, such as composing, arranging and applied instruction.

Music education in the public school system requires a bachelor's degree and state certification; many public school teachers pursue a master's degree. For most college teaching positions, the master's degree is a minimum, with a doctorate (Ph.D. or D.M.A.) preferred at many institutions.

The Music program at College of DuPage offers the first two years of a baccalaureate music degree program including musicianship sequences in theory and ear training, and a sequence of four class piano courses designed for non-pianists. Applied lessons on most instruments and a variety o music ensembles are offered to meet performance requirements for the A.F.A. degree.

Performing groups are open to all students regardless of major, and include Concert Choir, Jazz Choir, Chamber Singers, Community Jazz Ensemble, DuPage Chorale, DuPage Community Band, Chamber Orchestra, Small Group Jazz, Percussion Ensemble and Guitar Ensemble.


Contact Information

Matthew Shevitz, Instrumental Music, Department Chair
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 137
(630) 942-2369
Email: shevitzm@cod.edu

Patrick O'Shea, Vocal and Choral Music
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 136
(630) 942-2552
Email: osheap709@cod.edu

Ken Paoli, Recording Technology and Music Business
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 293
(630) 942-2584
Email: paolik@cod.edu

Thomas Stark, Applied Music Coordinator
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 228
(630) 942-2391
Email: starkt1620@cod.edu

Arts, Communication, and Hospitality Division
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 219
(630) 942-2048