Career Paths

Valpo prepares students for active roles in professional life, in schools, in churches, and in the community.

With that preparation, alumni of the music department pursue careers of varied kinds:

  • Teaching music in elementary and secondary schools, universities, and in private studios
  • Leading music in churches
  • Performing in bands, orchestras, and professional choral ensembles
  • Producing concerts and performances
  • Managing performers or musical organizations
  • Composing and arranging music

In all of these professions, students benefit from Valpo’s emphasis on music performance, critical thinking skills, and clear communication.

Potential Hiring Institutions

Valpo’s music alumni find work in school districts (public and private), churches, art organizations, arts-related businesses and retail operations, and institutions of higher education.

Graduate Study

The music curriculum is also especially well-designed to prepare students for graduate study in music, leading to professions in higher education and performance.

In the last five years, the department’s alumni have attended some of the nation’s top graduate institutions, including:

  • Indiana University
  • Boston University
  • Eastman School of Music
  • The Conservatory at University of Missouri, Kansas City
  • University of Miami
  • DePaul University
  • Arizona State University
  • Seattle Film Institute
  • University of Florida


From the first semester, music students are expected to express these attributes of successful professionals:

Preparation of music before studio lessons and ensemble rehearsals.
Proactivity in seeking out new musical resources and experiences.
Punctuality for rehearsals, meetings, and classes.
Presence at concerts and recitals.
Attentiveness to all opportunities to learn from professors and peers.