Careers in Music

Music in the past used to be considered simply as means of entertainment; hence it was not much popular among the masses. For instance, classical music was performed in big theaters for nobles and royalties while jazz and country songs were played in pubs or on the streets for middle class people. Perhaps that is the reason choosing a career in music was never the first choice of youngsters because of its inconsistency and undervaluation by public. However, in modern times, musicians use digital technology to create and preserve their musical compositions and thus the use of technology has led to development of music into a full-fledged 'industry' or 'business'. Thus music is no longer considered as a hobby and we find more and more youngsters heading towards a career in the music industry.

Let us take a general look at the various career options available in this ever growing music industry: A composer is one who composes or writes a music piece for films or theater or any other arena where music is required. If someone finds himself/herself enthusiastic about melodies and lyrics, he or she can have a try in this field. However, to whom writing songs and creating rhythms for the world is the main desire, the fact of being not worldwide well-known should be accepted mentally since a majority of people still enjoy watching the performers or listening to singers rather than finding the name of the composers.

If you have a great sense of music and you’ve been systematically well-trained in this art for quite a measurable time, choir director may be a perfect position for you. This is not an easy job since choir directors’ responsibilities are major, mainly concerning the careful selection of members for choral society, taking control of rehearsing the choir, adjusting and arranging positions for crews’ members to make sure their appearances, sounds and deliveries are suitable and purchasing music and music supplies for the choir.

Generally, choir directors are the ones who will decide the souls of songs/symphonies performed by players who deliver music to the audience under choir directors‘ leaderships. Hence, fame and prosperity is the prize and they usually increase in direct proportion with experience and time. However, for the ones who do not feel comfortable with reputation and flash lights, the career of a music teacher or music tutor is not a bad idea since music recently has been more noticed than ever and the demand of expert music teachers who have sound knowledge about the subject and can play at least one music instrument with expertise is on the increase.

Somewhat the same as choir director but in a more modern and technical way, stage management lately has become an attractive option and is seen to attract youths considerably. In order to be a stage manager, the knowledge about digital music tools is essential, including a sharp and flexible mind to manage things on stage. Although the responsibilities of a stage manager are varied depending on the type of production (e.g. dance, rock, pop, theater) but generally, stage managers are in charge of everything happening before, in and after a program as well as managing the time of lighting, sounds and sets during the show. They have to ensure that all the casts play their roles accurately as written in the script and at the same time attend to many other meticulous details. In short, the success/failure of a music show depends heavily on stage managers.

We all are aware of the amazing sounds and melodies a piano can create. To some people, owning a piano is more than owning just an instrument. It is considered like a treasure and therefore keeping piano in best condition is important, not only to show respect to this elegant instrument but also to ensure that its sound quality is not deteriorated over a period of time. All this requires the help of professional individuals called Piano tuner-technicians. Although electronic tuning devices are widely used but a human touch is required to maintain the instrument in perfect condition. That is why Piano tuner-technicians are always in high demand.

If the any of the above jobs are not to your taste, but still music is the field you want to be in, then you can think about becoming a music store manager or music store salesperson. You should have/gather enough knowledge about musical instruments, equipment and supplies in order to run a successful music store; not to mention a lot of enthusiasm and eagerness to serve the music lovers. A music store manager also takes responsibilities of arranging and purchasing stuff in the store and ensures that the customers will be able to find out what they are looking for. Being a manager requires more managing skills while a music store salesperson should have a friendly personality and specific skills to attend to many different tastes of customers in order to help them find the exact instrument or any other musical commodity they may be looking for.

With rapid development of modern technologies, scientists have done a lot of research to develop more comfortable and effective methods to improve human health conditions and increase longevity. Recently, music has become an official therapy in this area and has been proved to be really effective. It is not only now that music is considered to be an effective treatment for depression, autism and other emotional disorders. Since ancient times, it is widely believed that music can heal not only the physical body but also the soul. Recently, music therapy has been developed considerably by a combination of music and science and many new areas have come up like bio-musicology, aesthetics of music, psycho-acoustics and so on.

Simply by listening to music, going to theater for a symphony or writing some lyrics for a song; the state of one's mind can be altered and emotions can be lifted up. Furthermore, music therapy is now widely used not only in hospitals and therapeutic centers but also in schools, correctional facilities and anywhere else in the world where somebody needs to change the mood.

Hence, choosing a career in music is now very promising as long as you can determine clearly where your strength and weakness lies.