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What You Need to Know About Art, Drama, or Music Professor

Position Description Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Daily Life Of an Art, Drama, or Music Professor

  • Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.
  • Perform administrative duties, such as serving as department head.
  • Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.
  • Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.
  • Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as acting techniques, fundamentals of music, and art history.
  • Evaluate and grade students’ class work, performances, projects, assignments, and papers.

Art, Drama, or Music Professor Needed Skills

When polled, Art, Drama, and Music Professors say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Instructing: Teaching others how to do something.

Learning Strategies: Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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  • Fine Arts Instructor
  • Arts and Crafts Teacher

Are There Job Opportunities for Art, Drama, and Music Professors?

There were about 122,500 jobs for Art, Drama, or Music Professor in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 12% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 14,700 new jobs for Art, Drama, or Music Professor by 2026. The BLS estimates 11,200 yearly job openings in this field.


The states with the most job growth for Art, Drama, or Music Professor are Utah, Nevada, and Colorado. Watch out if you plan on working in Vermont, Maine, or Alaska. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

How Much Does an Art, Drama, or Music Professor Make?

The salary for Art, Drama, and Music Professors ranges between about $36,360 and $146,290 a year.


Art, Drama, and Music Professors who work in California, Connecticut, or New Hampshire, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Art, Drama, and Music Professors in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $65,560
Arizona $83,730
Arkansas $57,450
California $115,460
Colorado $60,820
Connecticut $93,250
Delaware $69,050
District of Columbia $100,590
Florida $72,670
Georgia $66,740
Hawaii $64,940
Idaho $64,450
Illinois $68,360
Indiana $68,070
Iowa $80,700
Kansas $66,450
Kentucky $76,750
Louisiana $61,980
Maine $70,930
Maryland $74,160
Massachusetts $99,540
Michigan $76,250
Minnesota $78,950
Mississippi $62,540
Missouri $80,570
Montana $55,730
Nebraska $70,680
Nevada $55,580
New Hampshire $85,620
New Jersey $90,750
New Mexico $55,430
New York $99,870
North Carolina $66,640
North Dakota $64,430
Ohio $84,160
Oklahoma $54,850
Oregon $75,800
Pennsylvania $80,740
Rhode Island $83,080
South Carolina $61,680
South Dakota $64,020
Tennessee $56,040
Texas $71,520
Utah $80,850
Washington $67,430
West Virginia $52,560
Wisconsin $75,220
Wyoming $61,490

What Tools & Technology do Art, Drama, and Music Professors Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Art, Drama, and Music Professors may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Hypertext markup language HTML
  • JavaScript
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Web browser software
  • MySQL
  • Data entry software
  • Email software
  • Word processing software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop
  • Linux
  • Google Docs
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign
  • PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver

How do I Become an Art, Drama, or Music Professor?

Are there Art, Drama, and Music Professors education requirements?


What work experience do I need to become an Art, Drama, or Music Professor?


Where Art, Drama, and Music Professors Are Employed


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