music careers

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by fivesevenoh, Feb 8, 2004.

  1. currently I am enrolled in college, and as any other typical student, I don't have a Major. I really want to do something with music. and I was just wondering if anyone knew what type of music careers were out there. what type of schooling I would need. how valuable a degree is, etc. and how much to expect in salaries, etc.

    thanks everyone. :help:
  2. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    Here's just a few ways you can have a career in music:

    Composer, arranger, movie score composer, orchestra conductor, studio musician, singer/songwriter, producer, choir director, opera singer, orchestra musician, professor of music at the college and university level, private music instructor, vocal coach, singer, music journalist, music critic,
    coreographer, Broadway performer, cruise ship musician or performer, military bands, military choirs, luthier, music store owner or sales person, music tour organizer, roadie, music show lighting designer or technician, music show sound technician, guitar or bass or drum tech for a touring band, college or high school marching band director, church choir director, church pianist or organist, hotel lounge or bar band member, radio music DJ, TV VJ, record company executive, talent scout for record campany, electronic music specialist, manager for music talent, music and entertainment law and contracts.

    That's just of the top of my head. As for your other questions, the answers would depend on the music career path you choose. You DO need college to be an orchestra conductor or music professor. You may need no formal education to be in a successful punk band, for example. Most tecnical work in the music industry does require some formal training such as sound technicians or recording tecnicians (I forgot to mention recording techs above.)

    Many roadies just sort of "fall into" their work by working with local bands getting unpaid experience, then keep on improving, learning and moving into paying gigs, etc.

    As for salaries, top record company execs make big bucks--think Tommy Motola, the ex of Mariah Carey and Thalia. Orchestra conductors are well paid, too, but many symphonies are going bankrupt and jobs are few and far between.

    Many musicians are darned near starving. We know the highly successful ones become multi-millionaires. Try Jimmy Buffet, for example, who started as a Key West barroom singer and parlayed his music success into such diverse enterprises as the Palm Beach County Krispy Kreme franchise, his Four Margaritaville restaurants, books, merchandising of his t-shirts, hats and other memorabilia.

    I say, choose your music path and get as much education and training as you can in it, using that as a foot in the door to work that will give you experience. Good luck. There are many, many ways to make music your career, even without ever picking up a music instrument.