05Feb
2018
How to get a career in music, musician or not.

Music is one of those industries that seems near impossible to crack into. You could have the perfect voice, the sickest guitar skills and all the musical knowledge of a young Beethoven, but just be missing the crucial contacts you need to get you into the biz. Or, you might have none of the above and simply be working off a passion for music and a really good ear for knowing what works, but feel that without actually playing an instrument you wont be able to get anywhere.

Either way, you need not stress yourself – there are plenty of ways to get around this. It takes a lot more than just someone slapping the bass and another banging on the drums to get their music onto the air waves and into your earholes. Careers within music are as wide-ranging as the genres you can perform, and you don’t have to actually play an instrument to be a successful member of the music industry.

The best place to start is with a qualification. Studying a course in music is your foot in the door to getting experienced and making connections within the industry. If you want to specialise in a particular field of music, then JMC Academy is the place to do it. There are a bunch of music focused degrees that can help you break into the industry, even if your biggest instrumental talent is punching out ‘Hot Cross Buns’ on the recorder. There are plenty of other amazing jobs in music, and these courses are a great place to start.

Audio Engineering and Sound Production

Audio engineering is an incredibly important job within the music industry. They have the responsibility of making sure that what you hear at a gig or festival is exactly what you should be hearing. Not too many vocals, a little bit more bass and just the right amount of cow bell. In the studio, the sound production of a song is what turns words and chords on a piece of paper, into a hit.

You don’t need instrumental skills to be a solid audio engineer – just a love of music and knowledge of what turns a song into a banger. This course will teach you exactly how to use all of the latest industry equipment and programs, plus you’ll have plenty of opportunities to record bands for real with our top-of-the-line gear.

Songwriting

If you have a knack for creative writing and find yourself making up your own little melodies from time to time, JMC’s songwriting course is where you can channel all that musical energy. This course will teach you how to write songs and compose music across heaps of genres and you’ll learn all about the connection between music and lyrics.

Part of the course will have you in the studio to create demos of your tracks, whether you play them yourself or get someone else to perform them for you. Because everyone knows it’s pretty rare that a famous band or musician writes, plays and produces all of their songs themselves. Heck, Beyonce’s ‘Run the World’ had seven different people help write and compose it.

Entertainment Business Management

This course is perfect for those who want to have a lot of know-how when it comes to the music industry, no matter whether they want to promote themselves as a musician or focus their efforts on other talented performers. Maybe you want to be side of stage watching as the band you manage performs to thousands of screaming fans. Maybe you want to help organise the best festival line-up of the summer. Maybe you want to be an independent artist who knows how to sell and promote your records like a pro.

Whatever it is, the entertainment business management course will teach you all about the legal side of music, how to advertise your bands and events, plus negotiate your way to having the best gigs and venues in the game.

Contemporary Music and Performance

For those of you who are itching to be the one jamming on stage while your fans sing all of your lyrics back to you, then this is the course you’re after. Being a musician is a tough gig, and there’s a lot more to know than just how to play a few chords.

This course will get you up to speed with how to compose music, how to use industry equipment and how to promote yourself as well, so you’re set to support yourself as an artist. It’s all well and good if you’ve got the talent, but you need to know how to wield it if you want to be a musical success.

You can find out more about our creative courses or register your interest right here.

Originally posted by Year 13.