Musical careers

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by paintandsk8, Jul 9, 2003.

  1. paintandsk8

    paintandsk8 Pushin' my soul through the wire...

    May 12, 2003
    West Lafayette, IN
    So here is my dilemma: I am a junior in high school and think it is time to start thinking about what I am going to do for a career. I always thought that I would do something like be a recording engineer, or something similar in the music technology field, But every day I love music more and more. I would love to have a career where i could play my instruments (I play trumpet, electric bass, and upright bass). Here is the problem though, Teaching is not my bag at all, and I don't want to have to rely on my playing ability for a living. Are there any other careers I should look into in the music field that fit these requirements?
  2. Sound guy? Roady? :)

    What would wrong with beign a studio player, or being in a band?
  3. misterk73


    Apr 11, 2002
    Flagstaff, AZ
    I'm a little confused ... If you want a career in which you play your instuments, won't you have to be relying on your playing ability for a living?

    Is college in your future? If so, you can always study music (and pick up a lot about recording and engineering) there ... or not. I guess it's a personal thing that everyone needs to come to grips with.

    Some advice by way of a personal narrative: Be careful about letting your love of music draw you into the music business. I have always loved music but never felt I had the skills/desire/wherewithal to be a pro musician. During my undergrad years, I dabbled in college radio a lot, which was a great experience that opened me up to all sorts of new music and ideas. My love of music also led me into music management after an internship and graduation. I had to give it up pretty quickly once it took me to Los Angeles, though. The business side of things there left a bad enough taste in my mouth that I felt I had no choice but to quit in order to save my love of music.

    I would just keep on playing and see what happens. Sometimes these things take care of themselves and, as a junior in high school, you've got PLENTY of time (even though it probably doesn't seem like it to you right now)...
  4. pigpen02


    Mar 24, 2002
    if you're college bound, and not into struggling w/ a performance/composition degree, look into music therapy. i believe florida state has a good program.
  5. CamMcIntyre


    Jun 6, 2000
    Hey Paint, i'm in a similar boat as you. The main things that i have been researching are Music Performance, Music Business/Enterprise, and Music Education. My sister is a Music Ed. major @ Butler University in Indianapolis. I have learned that teaching isn't my favorite thing in the world enough to pursue it as my main form of a job and am looking at Music Performance as a major. I talked to my dad about the degrees-i got really confused with them. He told me that just having a degree looks good to most employers depending on what they are looking for. The career end of things that i am looking at are: music store employee, trying to apprentice/learn under a DB luthier or a BG luthier, Instrument repair [hince why i'd want to learn from a pro], studio musician, studio teacher, and Music Department specialist. As for schools-check out your instate schools. The ones in Indiana that i am looking at are: Valpo, Butler, St.Joe's, and DePauw. That's all have fun and relax. :)

    edit: saw that you are from Indiana. If you want any info about the schools i've researched feel free to ask.
  6. misterk73


    Apr 11, 2002
    Flagstaff, AZ
    Great suggestion. Also, if you're college bound, another intriguing music-related field is musicology or ethnomusicology. It's sort of a multidisciplinary field -- music, history, anthropology, etc. -- and can admittedly be very academic at times. However, the field recording work that's involved could be a career in and of itself and has the potential to lead to all sorts of adventure and travel...