Careers in Music

ssu student performing on mbira during the world music ensemble performance




What can I do with a major in music?

Who better to tell you about this than our music alumni?


“The music department helped me to transform from a guitar player in a rock band struggling to read sheet music to a well-rounded musician. I found opportunities not only to play guitar and sing, but also to learn percussion, trombone, clarinet, and tabla. I took music education and conducting courses, which helped to prepare me for my future as a music educator. As a master’s degree student at The Boston Conservatory (’12) with a major in music education, I have found that between my educational studies minor and the music education electives I took at Salem State, I was well prepared for an advanced degree in music education.”  TJ Gansenberg ‘11

"Since graduating in 2007 I have release three albums, toured the eastern seacoast multiple times, and started my record label, Crazy Bull Music, which our bands most recent album was released on. I attribute all the success I have had to this point to the foundation built at Salem State."  Ross Livermore '07

"I have 36 piano students and I am busy with teaching most of the time. I highly appreciate the program that the music department offers. It enables me to understand my students' needs better and provide a better music education to them. My students and their parents are extremely happy with the quality of the lessons." Jia Feng '08

"I am a music and science teacher in the Salem public schools where I also conduct the Salem All-City Chorus. In addition, I work with many of Salem’s “challenging behavior” students and their educators in association with Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard in The Collaborative Problem Solving approach. When time allows, I take advantage of the many ensembles, including the Salem State Concert Band that the North Shore has to offer and pull out my horn to play. The varied education I received at Salem State helped me prepare for the diverse opportunities and challenges that I have been faced with. The continued support from my professors has been exceptional, exemplifying what a community of life long learners can be."    Jennifer Aldrich '06