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27 Aug 2012
CVs for music are same like any other CVs with the only difference that the focus is on music. If you go through the good CV samples, you will know how well they are formatted to improve your chances in the interviews.

Let us have a look at how CV samples for music industry look like:

CV samples begin with your name and contact details with email address, phone number, ZIP code, state, city and street address.

In the education section you offer names of the colleges or University you have attended. Write about the certification or degree you have earned, such as Ph.D. in Musicology or M.A. in Clarinet Performance. Like in any other CVs, information in the music CV sample must also be organized in the chronological order. Name of your recently attended college should come first and then the rest should follow.

There is a section called “Teaching Experience” in the CV samples which should contain list of the teaching positions you held in different schools, university and college. You should specify the title and the date for each of the positions you held. It can be presented in a bulleted format. Offer details about the responsibilities and duties, if you handled any large group, if you worked with non-majors or the graduate students and so on.

Specify details about your performances in the “Performance” section of your sample CV. Specify details of the performances like your role, date of performance, state, city etc.

Good CV samples contain a separate section headed as "Papers & Publications" where you offer list of publications and papers you published. Offer details like the title of publication or journal like American Musicological Society and details of the publisher as well as the date of publication. This is a good way to show your contribution to the music field.

In the “Honors” section you can state the list of honors, grants, fellowships, or awards you have received in the field of music.

In the “Activities” section of the CV sample, you can offer details about the professional activities you have participated in such as symphonies, journal editing, church choirs, music organizations etc. It is a good way to show your leadership skills wherever you can in this section.

In the "Presentations and Conferences" section, you can write about music presentations that you have given. You must mention your role such as “speaker” or “coordinator” in the conference. Also offer details of the venue, date and time in your CV.

If you have made any recordings so far, list them in the “Recordings” section of your sample CV. Write about the project title, release date, recording engineer or producer, a record label and also a role in recording.

These are some of the characteristics that distinguish a good CV sample from the rest.  In case you want any further reference, you can get in touch with the professional CV writing experts to help you through the process of writing a professional CV.

This guest post was written by Denae Verzi, on behalf of CV Surgeon, offering online CV services for job seekers. To read about some more good CV writing tips, you may also visit

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