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Faculty of Music
Christopher Enns is not only an opera singer and a financial planner for musicians, he’s also a Music grad.
Christopher Enns (Opera Diploma, 2012) understands that financial stability is not a guarantee for professionals working in the arts. That is why he has combined his passions for the stage with finance by offering high level financial services available for the artistic community. Read more about Christopher Enns on LinkedIn.
What do employers value about Faculty of Music graduates?
ability to think conceptually and critically and express through music
write clearly and effectively
conduct research in libraries, archives, private collections and online
synthesize and present complex analytical observations
compose, analyze and present music to peers and audiences with both solo and ensemble repertoire
knowledgeable about the theory, the history and the practice of music in a variety of contexts
use music notation software and other technology effectively and creatively
perform/work at a high level individually and in small or large ensembles
Within two years of graduation, 90% of graduates who are in the labour market are employed with a median salary of $33,442/year upon entering the workforce. 50% pursue further post-secondary studies. (Source: StatsCan Career Tool)
your degree after graduation
Over 80% of University of Toronto Music Alumni spend the majority of their career working in music.
Graduates often have more than one career path and most frequently apply their creative thinking and communication skills in these industries:
- Music Therapy
- Arts and Design
- Business Development
- Media and Communication
- Community and Social Services
graduate or professional school
A Music degree equips students with the critical thinking and research skills for a variety of academic next steps, including graduate programs in:
- Music Instruments
- Music and Health Sciences
- Music Therapy
- Digital Media and Technology
- Community Music
- Art and Culture Management
exploring opportunities while you're a student
Learn About yourself
Attend an In the Field program to meet professionals working in a variety of occupations within one organization.
Register for the Extern Job Shadowing Program to connect with professionals in your career area of interest. During a half or full day job shadowing placement, you’ll begin to clarify your goals and better understand your career options.
Find a Work-Study Position that connects the skills you’re developing through your education with professional experience.
Attend a Career Centre workshop to explore career possibilities, understand your skills and plan for your career or further education. Visit cln.utoronto.ca for more information.
Connect with Alumni
After your first year, apply for the Music Mentorship Program to connect with Faculty of Music alumni, learn more about music careers and explore the various opportunities that a music education can provide.
Connect with your peers in the faculty and talk to your career education team for networking advice.
Explore Your Options
While you’re a student, get the support and make the connections you need to transition into your dream career.
Talk to your professors to better understand and prioritize your opportunities in the context of your discipline.
Enrol in MMU100H1 Lives in Music to learn about competencies required in various musical professions and plan your undergraduate study strategically.
During the spring, attend the Finance for Musicians workshop series.
Learn about Scholarships and Fellowships offered to students in the faculty.
Get involved with course unions, student-run clubs, and take advantage of other membership benefits under the Faculty of Music Undergraduate Association.
Take advantage of opportunities to study abroad through Centre for International Experience's Student Exchange Program or Summer Abroad Program.
Learn more about getting performance opportunities from the Music Booking Office in the Edward Johnson Building.
helpful career and industry related resources
- Faculty of Music, U of T
- Canada Council for the Arts
- Canadian Association for Music Therapy
- Canadian Music Centre
- Canadian Music Publishers' Association
- International Resource Centre for Performing Artists
- Music Canada
- National Association for Music Education
- Ontario Arts Council
- Ontario Registered Music Teachers' Association