People who end up studying music generally have their hearts set on doing so, already have several years of training in one or more instruments under their belt, and can't really see themselves doing anything else. The sad truth, unfortunately, is that there are only so many available positions in orchestras, ensembles, and for session musicians. The best bachelor's degrees in music, therefore, are those that prepare you for a career in that field without necessarily trying to turn you into the next Yo-Yo Ma.
This means that you should consider a music program that focuses on, or at least includes, some commercially valuable skills. This may well be in addition to cultivating your performing talents using your voice or a particular instrument.
Some career-building music subjects are:
- Composition for TV, film, and video games
- Music production and sound engineering
- Musical theater
- Music business and management
- Sound recording technology
- Music in advertising
These and related courses can usually be incorporated into a bachelor's degree in music or a more general bachelor's of arts. Learning about them is entirely compatible with honing your technical and interpretative skills regarding music itself, including in culturally significant cities like Vienna, Prague, and Paris.