So Much Music, So Little Life!
If music be the food of life, play on! If that sounds like your motto, then it is time for you to seriously consider building a career for yourself in the world of music. After graduating from high school, you should ideally apply for a degree program in music. Such a course will provide you with a well-rounded education in music – a blend of history, theory, and performance. This is an ideal foundation for you to launch a career in music. In fact, the skills you learn during a degree in music can prove invaluable even in jobs that are not directly related to music – creativity, teamwork, dedication, and patience are qualities that ensure success across fields!
After high school, you may apply for a two-year associate degree program at a community college if you are unsure about being able to meet the expenses of a four-year bachelor’s degree program. Credits are transferable so this is a good option for students who want to be on the safe side financially. Students in the US are fortunate enough to have access to a number of reputed schools that offer associate, bachelor’s, as well as master’s degrees in music. The University of Rochester in New York, for instance, has Grammy and Pulitzer Prize winners among its faculty members. Gaining admission includes an audition, a group interview, and a test on music knowledge. At Indian University, students can choose the faculty members from whom they would like to receive personalized instruction – a unique characteristic! The University of Michigan offers multiple specialized bachelor’s degree programs, including in musical theatre and jazz studies. At the master’s degree level, students can focus on a particular instrument, genres, or area, such as piano, woodwind, percussion, voice, choral conducting, and opera.
Many people who dream of a career in music decide against it because they cannot sing or play an instrument well enough to be extremely successful on stage or in the studio. The fact is that professional musicians and vocalists are just part of the broader music business. There are plenty of music-related careers that do not require you to play or sing like a pro! Take music production for instance. While an understanding of music is a critical aspect of the job, music producers do not need to be world-class performers. You can gain success in the area of music production in different ways. Some aspiring music producers take the informal route of gaining work experience by collaborating with local musicians and bands and creating an industry network. Others choose to enhance their production skills through a formal education. A degree in music production, audio production, or recording arts will offer you valuable opportunities that may otherwise be hard to get, such as the chance to record in a professional studio or interact with industry players.
The US is home to a number of excellent schools for budding music producers. The Los Angeles Film School has an accredited degree program with classes on many relevant subjects such as musical identification, audio workstations, digital recording, and industry skills. For a sound preparation course that will qualify you for an entry-level music production job, you can consider the 29-week training program offered by the F.I.R.S.T. Institute, which focuses on audio engineering and music production. There are also options for students who cannot be on campus full-time. Berklee Online, for instance, offers courses, certificates, and a bachelor’s degree, while the Full Sail University boasts an up-to-date curriculum and a board made up of music industry members.