How to make a career out of Music


Music has power to cut all the mental, linguistic and cultural barriers. It almost works like magic on humans. It creates a positive energy in people. If you are passionate about contributing to people’s lives through your creativity, in a positive way, then career in music could be a best option.

Some people are gifted with soothing voice. They definitely have good chances to make it big in music industry. But singing is not the only profession in music industry. It also needs technicians, sound engineers, directors, journalists, public relations officers, disc jockeys and producers. Music enthusiasts can really have lucrative careers in the industry.

Educational qualification

Unlike other industries, there are no rigid educational criteria to enter in music industry. Those who offer superior skills get hired. Sound recorders, studio managers and engineers will have to study bachelor or masters courses in sound engineering. You can enrol in these courses after 12th class.

Post graduate diploma and certificate course are also available for aspiring DJ’s, radio jockeys and directors. Singers have to attend training for years in the music genre of their choice.

Bachelor degree courses mostly last for four years. Master’s degree courses have two-year duration.

Diploma and certificate courses range from one to two years.

Where to learn?

Courses in music are not common in Indian universities. Some prominent institutions in India and world are listed below:

1. Visva Bharati University, West Bengal

The university was founded by Nobel Prize winning poet Rabindranath Tagore in 1939. Top Bengali artists such as Suchitra Mitra and Rezwana Chowdhury Banya were students here. University offers good programs in music and arts.

Website: http://www.visvabharati.ac.in/

2. University of Delhi, Delhi

The university is located in the national capital offers post graduate degree in music. Enthusiasts can also enrol in Doctor of Philosophy in Music. This course is aimed at giving high quality research opportunities in music.

Website: http://www.du.ac.in/du/index.php?page=music

3. KM Music Conservatory, Chennai

Oscar award winning musician A. R. Rahman founded this school at Chennai in 2008. Middlesex University from UK offers two degrees in music here which are internationally recognized.

Website: http://kmmc.in/

4. Delhi School of Music

This is best place to learn western classical music in India. The institute has special tie with famous Trinity college of music based in London.

Website: http://www.delhischoolofmusic.net/

5. Other schools in India:

Madhya Pradesh based Adarsh Kala Mandir offer degrees in various fields of arts and music. Delhi based Bharatiya Kala Kendra and Chennai based Kalakshetra are also well known institutions.

Websites: https://www.way2college.com/colleges/gwalior/adarsh-kala-mandir

http://www.kalakshetra.in/

http://www.thekendra.com/

World’s best music schools

If you want to learn from world’s finest music teachers, then choose from following schools.

1. Julliard School of Music, New York, United States

http://www.juilliard.edu/

2. Royal Academy of Music, England

https://www.ram.ac.uk/

3. Berkeley School of Music, Boston, United States

https://www.berklee.edu/

4. Radcliffe College, Massachusetts, United States

https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/

Must have skills

Apart from good voice and taste in music, you must be good at team work, technical aspects of sound and recording to make it big in the industry. Knowledge of new important platforms to showcase music such as YouTube, internet and new media will give you an advantage over others.


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