Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Sydney Conservatorium of Music


Graduating from the core areas of performance, composition, and musicology may result in finding employment as soloists or orchestral musicians, composers, academics and educators, critics, writers, and arts and music administrators. Emerging roles in digital and online music such as digital music marketing or aggregating, tap into the social media networks and offer opportunities to interact with new technologies. Graduates need to be resourceful and self reliant in finding employment; more than a third of respondents to graduate surveys indicate that they usually find employment through family or friends emphasising the value of developing and maintaining strong networks during study. Employment for musicians may be affected by the amount of government funding to the industry including orchestral and operatic companies. About 50% of graduates are self employed.

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Occupations (based on graduate positions obtained in the last two years)

The following employers and occupational titles are indicative of graduate destinations for this faculty, however career options available for graduates are not limited to those listed. Graduates from a double degree have a broader range of career options.
This information is based on the Graduate Destinations Survey for the University of Sydney.

  • Artist
  • Assistant Band Conductor
  • Band Conductor
  • Band Director
  • Clarinet Tutor
  • Collections and Services Officer
  • Company Percussionist
  • Educator
  • Engineer
  • Entertainer
  • Flute Teacher
  • Freelance Musician
  • Guitar Teacher
  • Instrumental Music Tutor
  • Lecturer
  • Library Assistant
  • Marketing Manager
  • Music Festival Director
  • Music Performer
  • Music Teacher
  • Music Tutor
  • Musician
  • Musician - Pianist
  • Office Assistant
  • Opera Singer
  • Operations Coordinator
  • Pastor and Teacher
  • Percussionist
  • Piano and Violin Teacher
  • Piano Teacher
  • Primary Music Teacher
  • Primary Supply Teacher
  • Production Coordinator
  • Rehabilitation Consultant
  • Research and Production Officer
  • Retail Assistant
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Session Musician
  • Special Ed Music Teacher
  • Teacher
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Trumpet Performer & Teacher
  • Venue Supervisor
  • Violin Teacher
  • Voice Instructor and Music Teacher

Employers (based on those who recruited graduates in the last two years)
  • Accelerated Centre of Education
  • Australian Brandenburg Orchestra
  • Australian Defence Force
  • Australian Institutue of Music
  • Australian Music Centre
  • Bassandsop Music
  • Bay Music
  • Blue Mountains City Church
  • Catholic Education Office
  • Conservatorium High School
  • Department of Education and Training
  • Directions In Music
  • Dubbo Christian School
  • Elektra Productions
  • Funkified Entertainment
  • Graduate Music Theatre Writing Department - Tisch School of the
  • Kincoppal Rose Bay
  • Kingswood College
  • Ku-Ring-Gai Council
  • Macquarie Community College
  • Medibank Health Solutions
  • Moriah College
  • Music Bell
  • NSW Department of Education and Training
  • Opera Australia
  • Oz Opera Schools
  • Parkville Music School
  • Penrith Visual and Performing Arts
  • Sax and Woodwind
  • Self Employed
  • SHFA
  • St Agnes Catholic High School
  • St Finn Barr's Catholic Primary School
  • St Phillips Anglican Church
  • Strategic Lifestyle Management
  • String Sound Studios
  • Sun Art Piano
  • Sydney Symphony Orchestra
  • Synarbor Education
  • The Australian Youth Orchestra
  • The Song Company
  • The Women's College
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Sydney - Conservatorium Library
  • University of Waikato