Music Schools & Courses

Possibilities for a Musician

It’s safe to say that many people have dreamed about making a career out of making music or participating in a musical endeavor. Since the majority of these people never fleshed out the idea past some vague notion of being in a band of some sort, it’s hardly surprising that they have failed to make a career out of the desire. However, what they fail to realize is that a music-making career is not as far-fetched as it might have originally seemed, though it will likely take a bit of work to achieve.

In order to make a career out of anything, you’re going to need at least a bit of training, and music is not an exception. Making quality music isn’t something that you simply find that you can do overnight. It’s the culmination of a process that requires hard work and effort. For instance, most studio and session musicians (people who play in/studio, usually for a specific studio or musical group) have received at least a little bit of Musical Training. The rare prodigy might be able to make it without any sort of instruction, but those people are few and far-between, and you can’t count on being one.

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Career Options

There are a wide range of educational options available in the music field. For instance, many junior and community colleges offer certificates or associate’s degrees in different musical fields, such as audio recording, voice, music production, and so on. There are also a number of four-year colleges that offer music programs – though these are often classically-oriented, as well as more pricey than the others. What option you take will most likely depend on what you want to do: if you want to sing or play an instrument in a symphony, for instance, then you will likely need a degree from a four-year institution. If you’re more interested in audio production or studio work, then the certificate or associate’s program will likely be a good choice.

Career Outlook

What are the job prospects like for a musician? That depends upon the field and the skill of the musician. According to the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics, states like California and New York boast an average pay of between $33.27 and $35.02 per hour for studio musicians. For symphony musicians, this will vary from as low as 30-40,000 per year to as high as 110,000 per year, depending upon the city.

Finally, what field you go into will also likely depend upon what kind work environment you can tolerate. If you’re someone who thrives on the attention of others, then being a live musician or soloist may be just the thing. If, however, you locate yourself towards the shy end of the spectrum, then maybe a career in music production or as a session musician is what you are looking for.

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