Associate Degree in Music


Music agent assistant, $43,000*

Recording studio assistant, $36,000*

Sound technician, $40,000*

Music director, $54,560**

Art, Drama and Music Teacher, Postsecondary Teachers, $99,925.13***

Broadcast Announcers and Radio Disc Jockeys, $37,080.84***

Elementary School Teacher, Except Special Education, $91,191.42***

Music Directors and Composer,s $47,615.58***

Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners, $33,113.65***

Musicians and Singers, $80,770.45***

Sound Engineering Technicians, $56,503.20***

*Simply Hired: Riverside County

**Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 annual mean wage. Most positions require bachelor’s degree or above.

***Source: EMSI, 2021.1 dataset for San Bernardino and Riverside counties 

Career Info

An associate of arts degree in music can lead to a career as a professional musician, conductor, concert artist, studio musician, arranger, composer, accompanist, music teacher, private instructor or church related music such as minister of music, organist or choir director. These courses can be the foundation for four-year college studies in music.

Potential Careers

  • Singer
  • Musician
  • Conductor
  • Concert performer
  • Studio musician
  • Arranger
  • Composer
  • Accompanist
  • Music teacher
  • Private instructor
  • Organist
  • Choir director
  • Music agent assistant
  • Recording studio assistant
  • Sound technician
  • Music promoter
  • Tour coordinator