#1
Hi!

I'm a student at the Royal Conservatory in Ghent, Belgium.
I study classical guitar and minor in composition (I'll get my masters degree in about 3 years).
But I'm not sure what my future might look like.

Are there people that graduated with a degree in music (preferably classical guitar) that could tell me what their professional life is like?
I know there are articles on what you CAN do, but I want to know directly from people how realistic the job market for a musician is.

Do you rely on another college or even highschool degree to find a job?
Is teaching in a conservatory or small musicschool something that would be easy to do or is the competition very strong?
I've been told that I'll always find a job as a guitar teacher, but I want to get more out of life than just teach.
Also: Would I, being a European with a masters degree, be prefered in other continents or wouldn't that make a difference? This is just 'hearsay' but doesn't hurt to ask.

I hope to get some response
Last edited by toine at Apr 18, 2015,
#2
I have just the thing! http://majoringinmusic.com/what-can-you-do-with-a-music-degree/
And not just that page, that whole site can help
Theory is just...wow. I'm getting a bit over my head by trying to learn so much w/o formal educators

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#4
I'll tell ya what, I'm a few weeks away from graduating with a music degree, and I have no ffffvcking clue what I'm going to do. I don't have my masters, only a B.A., so you may end up with more opportunities than I will. I applied to teach at a music store near my house, and I also applied to be a janitor at a college a few towns over. Good luck.
#5
Be ready and willing to do everything your skill set allows.

Teach, write, perform, compose, arrange, etc. In all styles of music, even the ones you hate.

And take this:

http://www.berklee.edu/pdf/pdf/studentlife/Music_Salary_Guide.pdf

I would actually recommend everyone read that. Not just for the money info, but to get a sense of what kinds of opportunities are out there.
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#6
^this. marketing and business are a big part of being an artist, as is keeping up appearances. appear at events, socialise, and get acquainted with bigger industry names, too.
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#7
Thanks for the replies!!
FrauVfromPob, I hope you get the teaching job!
Jetpenguin, thanks alot for that file!
Banjocal, thanks, that's some good advice.

Still hoping to hear from people that have graduated already.
#8
It's been 3 years since I've graduated. Your degree does nothing. The world does not care about your degree. It cares about what YOU can do and have done/are/will be doing.

...modes and scales are still useless.


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#9
^ yeah that too.
"There are two styles of music. Good music and bad music." -Duke Ellington

"If you really think about it, the guitar is a pointless instrument." - Robert Fripp
#10
Xiaoxi, what degree did you get and what are you currently doing if I may ask?
And what would be a decent preparation? I'm guessing already playing as much in public, starting up a website and promoting myself?
Last edited by toine at Apr 19, 2015,
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Quote by toine
Xiaoxi, what degree did you get and what are you currently doing if I may ask?
And what would be a decent preparation? I'm guessing already playing as much in public, starting up a website and promoting myself?


Yeah like every degree, if you don't get experience during your studies, you'll have a hard time getting a job when you graduate.

The music industry is also hard to crack into due to the amount of competition, and comparative lack of demand for your skills, when compared to some other professions.

Also it's basically expected that you run a small business (ie. selling yourself) to make money, rather than getting a job with an employer.

So yes, get out playing, make a website, build relationships with the local music scene. Start working now - don't wait until the end of your degree.
And no, Guitar Hero will not help. Even on expert. Really.
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#13
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Xiaoxi, what degree did you get and what are you currently doing if I may ask?
And what would be a decent preparation? I'm guessing already playing as much in public, starting up a website and promoting myself?

Just to drive home the point that the degree doesn't matter, I won't specify, just that it is of course a music degree.

I have multiple streams of income, some are from music and some are not. I don't define what I can do based on my degree. Just the other day my neighbor (small business owner) came to me and proposed to offer me money to be a consultant and editor while he sets up his online presence.

I don't have an MBA. I'm not a 'social network guru'. My degree technically has nothing to do with this. Yet I took him up to negotiate. Why? Because why not? My communication skills are good...lots of soft skills that I picked up on in college and found these to be very applicable to a wide range of professional situations. Do you have these? If not, you better put down your guitar, go outside, and start observing the world and people around you!

One of my old professors used to tell the story about a composer friend of his working in LA. The guy likes to say... my job is 90% going out and socializing. The other 10% is music.

...modes and scales are still useless.


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