Asked about: Haverford College

How many music majors from this school graduated and got jobs in their field within 2 years of graduation?


Kyle Jaster, I play bass, guitar and a little piano.

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Unfortunately that is a VERY difficult question to answer, particularly for any type of arts program. The reason is that the types of jobs that would qualify as "in the field" range so broadly. As a way of illustrating my point, here is a sampling of the jobs "in the field" that my friends who graduated with degrees in music are doing:

  • concert cellist
  • music producer (not performing)
  • sound engineer
  • sound designer/foley artist
  • touring musician in a funk/soul band

As you can see, many of these jobs are music related (and the people doing them are quite happy as far as I can tell), but only one of these jobs would be counted as "in the field" with standard approaches.

With that said, let me try to answer your question a slightly different way:

Haverford has a relatively small music program (5 full time faculty with 3 visiting professors at last count). This can be good for you in that you will likely have a lot of time with the professors and will be able to develop solid relationships with at least one of them. It could create some very significant challenges however:

  1. There will not be a lot of other students, and this may limit the types of music that you are able to play in an ensemble setting.
  2. The school faculty appears to be primarily focused on classical and choral music. There is a shared jazz ensemble with Bryn Mawr, but it doesn't appear to be particularly active. This means you will not have as much exposure to different types of music, which is generally bad for your employability after college.

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