Music Résumés

Résumés for musicians are very similar to traditional résumés. They should still follow the Basic Résumé Tips outline and include much of the same information. Performance résumés are traditionally limited to one page and may require a photo, while non-performance résumés can be up to two pages, as long as you have enough related experience to fill the space. Make sure to include your name on the second page. It's a good idea to create several versions of your résumé to emphasize the experiences that pertain directly to the position to which you are applying. Below are some other specifics for music résumés:

Additional Sections

 

Include these sections if they apply to your experience.

Instrument or Voice Type

Major/Principle Teachers

This section is optional and should only be included on your résumé if it gives it strength. Do not list teachers with whom you have only had a few lessons.

Master Classes

If you have master class teachers whom you feel are important to list, be sure to make this distinction so as not to give the impression that you have studied with these people for extended periods of time.

Coaches

Summer Festivals and Competitions

Professional Certification, Licensure and/or Accreditation

Include state and area of certification. Anticipated certification may be included with date to be granted.

Performance Experience

List those ensembles/experiences that best portray your experience.

Compositions/Arrangements

Recordings & Broadcasts

Tours

Honors/Awards/Competitions

Include only important competitions and/or substantial honors in college. Do not include high school honors.

Affiliations/Memberships

Include professional memberships only. In the case of an academic résumé, one might include membership in the College Music Society, Music Educators National Conferences, etc. In the case of a performance, one might include union affiliation.

Professional Leadership

For example, guest lectures, clinics presented, professional presentations, adjudication, publications, student organizational leadership, etc.

 

Performance Experience Categories

Consider breaking your experience into different categories based on your area of expertise. The order of the sections should emphasize your strengths in the area to which you are applying (i.e. list Solo Performances first if applying for a solo performance; list Opera Engagements first if applying for an opera position, etc.)

Classical Vocalists

  1. Full Roles
  2. Partial Roles
  3. Choral Experience
  4. Solo Recitals
  5. Musical Theater

Jazz Musicians

  1. Clubs
  2. Other Venues
  3. Jazz Festivals
  4. Has Performed with:
  5. Recordings
  6. Ensembles

Classical Instrumentalists

  1. Orchestral Experience
  2. Chamber Music Experience
  3. Solo Performances
  4. Soloist with Orchestras
  5. Community Performances and Presentations

Composers

  1. Original Works/Compositions
  2. Selected Compositions
  3. Premiers
  4. Selected Performances of Original Works
  5. Current Projects
  6. Arrangements/Transcriptions
  7. Commissioned Works

Pianists

  1. Solo Recitals
  2. Soloist with Orchestras
  3. Chamber Music Performances
  4. Accompanying
  5. Church Positions

 

Sample Orchestral Résumé (PDF)

Sample Solo Vocal Opera Résumé (PDF)

 

(Music résumé section adapted from Adams, Richard and Gandre, James."Resume Prepration for Musicians." 2008. Gandre graduated from Lawrence in 1981.)

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