#1
I really want to major in Music in college. I'm a junior in high school right now. I took music theory and history courses last year, and I think I'm quite knowledgable with theory since I keep teaching myself. I've played guitar for about 3 years, and I'm good (I think) but not really Music Performance College material.

The problem is, I'm not exactly sure what I could do if I major in Music. I'm a realist, I know that the chances of me becoming a profession touring musician in a rock/metal band for my career is pretty slim at this point.

Can anybody please help me out with this? I really want to know what kind of job I can get that is related to music, besides being a teacher. I don't know how much this actually exists but if I could be a session musician or something like that, I would enjoy it.
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How was Confucius death metal?
You've clearly never read any Confuscius.

As I wait on the edge of the earth,
I can see the walls being torn down again
Only to be rebuilt in another name,
On a different day
#2
Music jobs:

Band/orchestra player
Session musician
concert hall composer
composer for media
Orchestrator/arranger
Conducter
Copyist
Musical director
Music publisher
sound engineer
Teacher/lecturer
#3
In jazz a lot of guys make a living gigging around (basically doing session work) and teaching privately. If you're interested in rock, pretty much the same idea, lots of gigs and recording work alongside teaching. The more styles you're proficient at, the more gigs you will get (i.e., knowing the ins and outs of both rock and jazz will be extraordinarily useful). You don't have to be in a touring band to make a living. Top call guys can make a lot of money for session work.

Of course, the option most people take is to keep music on the side and get a real job, because making a living at music is tough and rarely are you making money hand over fist.
#4
I'm not really good at jazz (then again, I'm only 17) But I plan on learning how to play jazz. I think being a session musician would be a very fun job, I'd feel like I'm helping a lot. Gigging as a freelance musician would be interesting, or if I worked as a session guitarist/etc for a record label or something. I'm not worried about making tons of money, but I want to make enough to live in an apartment by myself, a pretty normal apartment like Jerry's on Seinfeld.
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How was Confucius death metal?
You've clearly never read any Confuscius.

As I wait on the edge of the earth,
I can see the walls being torn down again
Only to be rebuilt in another name,
On a different day
#5
Also, writing music for moveis/video games as a job would blow my mind.
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How was Confucius death metal?
You've clearly never read any Confuscius.

As I wait on the edge of the earth,
I can see the walls being torn down again
Only to be rebuilt in another name,
On a different day
#6
you should learn piano and some more instruments also if you want to be a session musician
but that should be pretty simple since you know theory
all you would really have to do is learn where the notes are.
what i want to do is be a music teacher and a session musician and do gigs occasionally
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#7
It all sounds great, but any job as a musician is pure luck.

As well as doing your stuff in college and whatever, keep it going outside of school. An artist won't hire you as a sessionist, or an indie film/game won't want you on their soundtrack if you have no buzz around your name.

Network like mad! Get you name known around your area, etc etc, when people recognise your name for good stuff you've done within music this will aid your college qualifications and stuff to find a job.

But it's still about who you know too!
#8
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It all sounds great, but any job as a musician is pure luck.

As well as doing your stuff in college and whatever, keep it going outside of school. An artist won't hire you as a sessionist, or an indie film/game won't want you on their soundtrack if you have no buzz around your name.

Network like mad! Get you name known around your area, etc etc, when people recognise your name for good stuff you've done within music this will aid your college qualifications and stuff to find a job.

But it's still about who you know too!



Yup, I do as much as I can. I've been in the highest level of my school's band since 7th grade (I play trumpet) I've played in the pit for a musical, I have a fledgling band, and I am working on a solo EP for some mostly instrumental music I make. I Facebook my music, and once it gets going I'll probably put it up on UG too.

Also, not sure how much it'll help, but I'm playing Master of Puppets at a talent show Friday. At least a hundred people will be there.
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How was Confucius death metal?
You've clearly never read any Confuscius.

As I wait on the edge of the earth,
I can see the walls being torn down again
Only to be rebuilt in another name,
On a different day
#9
Yup, I do as much as I can. I've been in the highest level of my school's band since 7th grade (I play trumpet) I've played in the pit for a musical, I have a fledgling band, and I am working on a solo EP for some mostly instrumental music I make. I Facebook my music, and once it gets going I'll probably put it up on UG too.


you and every other first year music student.

honestly, the only jobs available in music are something non-musical, but industry related, being a professional freelance musician and private teacher, or school or university teacher (and most ocllege/university teachers are also freelance musicians). its hard but quite possible to make a living this way---start playing every gig possible when your in school (paid and unpaid) and practice like a mother****er and its very possible. the fact of the matter is your not special: theres hordes of musicians just like you (and I) and hordes of musicians better then you or I and hordes of musicians more connected then you or I.
The good news, is that while your not special as of now, you can be. you have a VERY good start and if you love music, theres no reason for you not to go for it and, if you work hard and are reliable, and a good guy to work with/be around, its very, very possible for you to "make it" as a freelancer, you just need a ton of chops and connections, and a good personality.
all the best.
(insert self-aggrandizing quote here)
#10
Quote by griffRG7321
Music jobs:

Band/orchestra player
Session musician
concert hall composer
composer for media
Orchestrator/arranger
Conducter
Copyist
Musical director
Music publisher
sound engineer
Teacher/lecturer


You forgot street sweeper.
And no, Guitar Hero will not help. Even on expert. Really.
Soundcloud
#12
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you and every other first year music student.

honestly, the only jobs available in music are something non-musical, but industry related, being a professional freelance musician and private teacher, or school or university teacher (and most ocllege/university teachers are also freelance musicians). its hard but quite possible to make a living this way---start playing every gig possible when your in school (paid and unpaid) and practice like a mother****er and its very possible. the fact of the matter is your not special: theres hordes of musicians just like you (and I) and hordes of musicians better then you or I and hordes of musicians more connected then you or I.
The good news, is that while your not special as of now, you can be. you have a VERY good start and if you love music, theres no reason for you not to go for it and, if you work hard and are reliable, and a good guy to work with/be around, its very, very possible for you to "make it" as a freelancer, you just need a ton of chops and connections, and a good personality.


^This.

Just being a good player isn't enough. My honours degree in music got me the following jobs:

-putting handles on bucket lids on an assembly line
-packing pharmaceuticals on an assembly line of sorts
-warehouse worker

Mind you, there wasn't a lot of time before I combined that with my teaching degree and did considerably better for myself, but the point is clear nonetheless.

CT
Could I get some more talent in the monitors, please?

I know it sounds crazy, but try to learn to inhale your voice. www.thebelcantotechnique.com

Chris is the king of relating music things to other objects in real life.
#13
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Music jobs:

Band/orchestra player
Session musician
concert hall composer
composer for media
Orchestrator/arranger
Conducter
Copyist
Musical director
Music publisher
sound engineer
Teacher/lecturer


You can pose as a substitute teacher and turn a class of 11 year olds into a rock band....
#14
Quote by axemanchris

-putting handles on bucket lids on an assembly line
-packing pharmaceuticals on an assembly line of sorts
-warehouse worker


And Chris was also a door-to-door vacuum cleaner saleman for a time too! Beats my burger flipping and shelf stacking resume.
And no, Guitar Hero will not help. Even on expert. Really.
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#15
Yes, I was. That was back when I was only about 2/3 through my music degree, though.

Crappiest. Job. Ever. Thanks for reminding me of that.

CT
Could I get some more talent in the monitors, please?

I know it sounds crazy, but try to learn to inhale your voice. www.thebelcantotechnique.com

Chris is the king of relating music things to other objects in real life.
#16
Crappiest. Job. Ever. Thanks for reminding me of that.


idk man, door canvasser (basically a door to door salesmen who sells momentary comforting of white-upper class guilt) is pretty terrible. nothing to sell, and you get ranted at/get the cops called on you.
all the best.
(insert self-aggrandizing quote here)
#19
Im in same boat as this guy im 17 with 2 years of guitar playing, play for hours a day and try to balance my practice schedule and time and effectively and accurately apply theory to guitar and practice songs, techniques as well as aural training and am planing on learning how to analyze songs and transcribe and in the near future start writing with others or by myself some creative material. But if you have a passion for music and want to make a proffession out of it, try talking to other muscians who do it for a caree in your area or find any opportunity that interests you and comes your way. You seem to have a good start and motivation to make it with a caree, so I wish you the best of luck with it!
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#20
Think a bit ahead: when you want to start a family, will music be able to support that?
#21
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Think a bit ahead: when you want to start a family, will music be able to support that?


At 17?

Don't bother, enjoy your time while you can, it disappears all too fast...Plenty of time for responsibility when you turn 30.
#22
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Think a bit ahead: when you want to start a family, will music be able to support that?


Depends how many vacuum cleaners you sell.
And no, Guitar Hero will not help. Even on expert. Really.
Soundcloud
#23
Quote by Arby911
At 17?

Don't bother, enjoy your time while you can, it disappears all too fast...Plenty of time for responsibility when you turn 30.


Hang on to sixteen as long as you can
changes come around real soon make us women and men...

(name that tune...)

CT
Could I get some more talent in the monitors, please?

I know it sounds crazy, but try to learn to inhale your voice. www.thebelcantotechnique.com

Chris is the king of relating music things to other objects in real life.
#24
Quote by axemanchris
Hang on to sixteen as long as you can
changes come around real soon make us women and men...

(name that tune...)

CT


Jack and Dianne, John 'Cougar' Melonhead...
#25
There is so much you could do.

Arranger, producer, orchestrator, composer, film scorer/composer, jingle writer, songwriter, transcriber, copyist, conductor, Film composer, music editor, music supervisor/director, film arranger/adapter, film conductor, film music orchestrator, synthesis specialist, theme specialistJazz composer, jingle writer, film scorer/composer, arranger (adaptor), songwriter, orchestrator, conductor, copyist, educator/teacher, transcriber, editor (print music publishing)Choir director, college/conservatory/university music educator, elementary school music teacher, music supervisor, private instructor, secondary school music teacherVocal/instrumental soloist, session musician, general business musician, performing artist, orchestra/group member, background vocalist, floor show band

ok maybe I've repeated some careers, but you can do a lot!
#27
I know about all of the hard work and how tough it is to get a good job in music, I just want to be able to support myself. I doubt going into music college sometimes since people seem to make it out as if I won't get anywhere.
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Quote by HowSoonisNow
How was Confucius death metal?
You've clearly never read any Confuscius.

As I wait on the edge of the earth,
I can see the walls being torn down again
Only to be rebuilt in another name,
On a different day