Career Services works with McNally Smith students and alumni throughout their creative careers.
If you are considering a career in music, you have more options than ever. These days, the music industry, and music industry careers, are about more than music performance careers. Talented and properly trained people can have careers as composers or songwriters, careers in music production, music education careers or music business careers.
All creative industries tend to focus on talent as a benchmark for hirability, so it is imperative that McNally Smith College Of Music students are both comfortable and confident in discussing their experiences and contextualizing their body of work. To that end, we require all students to create and curate a portfolio of worksamples as they move through their program.
Career Services looks to establish a best practice for how Composition, Music Production, Music Business, and Music Performance students should present themselves — offering workshops on branding, web development, study skills, headshots, résumé development, interview skills and cover letters. Along with larger-scale presentations, our career advisor offers daily walk-in hours, working one-on-one to answer concerns and address specific questions.
Finally, we believe deeply in getting our students exposed to the industry early and often. We see any professional opportunity as both insightful prep work and meaningful resume building material. To that end we offer a vigorous internship program in partnership with the academic department, we look to broker volunteer opportunities and hold frequent auditions and networking events on campus.