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Résumé Guidelines

Writing your Résumé


Best Practices

  • Include degree(s) received – including cum laude, GPA, and so on
  • Include accomplishments related to the degree and concentrations for which you are applying, such as All-State/Region awards, performances, presentations, publications, creative work exhibited, and so on
  • Include additional educational training (workshops, internships, and so on) related to the degree you are pursuing—place and dates
  • Include awards, special recognitions, and appropriate non-music recognitions/awards (E.G. Dean’s list, Eagle Scout, etc.)
  • Include undergraduate merit scholarships in music and/or else
  • List technical skills that would be helpful in a Graduate Assistant position (computer program proficiency like Excel; audio mixing; library work and organization; and so on)
  • List work experience, volunteer work, and other community-related items only if they point to your leadership, interpersonal, management, and problem-solving skills.
  • Organize in sections according to content, such as Education, Accomplishments, Additional Training, Awards, and so on. List all entries with most recent items first.
  • Shorter is better(1 – 2 pages)
  • Dates and locations for degrees received, accomplishments, educational training, merit scholarships, awards, and so on


Additional Recommendations

  • A repertoire list and/or list of teachers with whom you have studied may be attached as a separate document.
  • Provide complete names for universities, degrees, organizations, etc. Avoid abbreviations.
  • Have someone you respect read your resume and offer feedback
  • Proof-read carefully—No misspellings or bad grammar
  • Easy to scan through—No paragraphs or long sentences.
  • Focus on music and professional skills.