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Degrees and Pathways

Interested in what a Music degree from the Bob Cole Conservatory can do for you? Explore some examples of career pathways our graduates have taken.

Bachelor of Music, Performance

Performance majors at the BCCM have gone on to successful music careers in/as:

  • Freelance Art
  • Professional Orchestras
  • Military Bands
  • Professional Chamber ensembles
  • Studio/contract work
  • Theater/pit orchestras
  • Orchestra Management
  • Accompanying
  • Conducting
  • Touring artists
  • Guest artists/clinicians
  • Private instructors
  • Music Librarians

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Bachelor of Music, Music Education

Music Education majors at the BCCM have gone on to successful careers in:

  • Choral Education or Instrumental Education
  • K-12 education
  • Elementary school teaching
  • Middle school teaching
  • High school teaching
  • Arts coordination
  • School administration
  • Private music teaching

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Bachelor of Music, Composition

Composition majors at the BCCM have gone on to successful careers in:

  • Composition
  • T.V. scoring
  • Film scoring
  • Video game scoring
  • Lyric writing
  • Songwriting
  • Arranging
  • Orchestration
  • Production
  • Sound design
  • Mixing/mastering
  • Audio engineering
  • Recording engineering

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Bachelor Arts, Music

Graduates with a Bachelor of Arts in Music can pursue careers as:

  • Music Agents
  • Audio and Video Equipment Technicians
  • Audio-Visual and Multimedia Collections Specialists
  • Lawyers
  • Librarians
  • Library Assistants
  • Library Technicians
  • Music Historians
  • Music Journalists
  • Music Supervisors
  • Music Therapists
  • Technical Writers

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Take a tour of our website to hear from Area Directors, see videos of some of our performances, and read about our faculty to begin to form a picture of how much you can gain from attending the Bob Cole Conservatory. While we do have a graduate program, we are an undergraduate-focused conservatory.

"The Bob Cole Conservatory provided me with a fantastic educational experience. They encouraged me to shape my own pathway. All of the professors and instructors care about their students success and provide a fresh experience that is relevant to the real world."—Grace Sledd, Flute, Instrumental Music Education, Woodwind Performance

Annual Tuition

Among the leading music schools in California, the Bob Cole Conservatory is the most affordable:

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The Bob Cole Conservatory is significantly more economical to attend than competing local institutions.

Study with top professionals

The Bob Cole Conservatory faculty are highly trained, working professionals in the music industry. Our faculty have academic degrees from:

  • Eastman
  • Oberlin
  • Colburn
  • Yale
  • Rice
  • Berkeley
  • Stanford
  • Harvard
  • University of Southern California
  • San Francisco Conservatory of Music
  • University of Miami
  • University of Michigan
  • Michigan State
  • University of North Texas
  • Manhattan School of Music
  • California Institute of the Arts
  • New England Conservatory
  • Carnegie Mellon
  • Cincinnati Conservatory of Music
  • the Royal Conservatory of Music
  • Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris

and many more.

Faculty members have professional affiliations with:

  • Los Angeles Philharmonic
  • Los Angeles Opera Orchestra
  • Los Angeles Master Chorale
  • Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
  • Hollywood Symphony Orchestra
  • Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
  • Royal Opera
  • Los Angeles Opera
  • San Francisco Opera
  • Munich Philharmonic
  • Cologne Philharmonic
  • Pacific Symphony
  • Cincinnati Symphony
  • BBC Philharmonic
  • London Symphony Orchestra
  • Holland Symphony
  • Atlanta Symphony
  • Boston Pops
  • Chicago Symphony
  • Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band
  • Arturo Sandoval’s All-Star LA Big Band
  • The Henry Mancini Institute
  • The Rolling Stones
  • US Army Blues
  • Airman of Note
  • Warner Brothers Studios
  • Sony Studios
  • Capitol Records
  • Fox Studios
  • Disneyland Band

and more.

BCCM students receive a world class education from world class faculty at a State College cost.

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Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

Current degree information including core requirements and options for both undergraduates and graduates is available in the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog from the Division of Academic Affairs.

View the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog online.

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