Music Colleges

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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As the entertainment industry has become more and more segmented, music colleges as well as music programs within larger universities have mushroomed. Now more than ever there's access to the formerly sealed world, as new advances in the production, distribution, and consumption of music have created totally new jobs. You no longer need to work for a studio to get a meaningful, rewarding, hands-on experience in the music business.

Some music colleges are acutely aware of the Internet's capabilities as a marketing channel and have tailored programs around this possibility. You might, for instance, combine a theoretical approach to composition and performance with classes on the changing face of digital recording files and mass consumption. Advances by companies like Apple, Sony, and Macromedia (just to name a few) have indicated that the trend is now toward web-based music and digital playing devices.

How Music Colleges Can Help

Even if the latest developments in the music industry are web specific, it doesn't change the fact that music is still created and played by human beings--at least usually. That means skills such as ear training, musical notation, reading, and songwriting will continue to prove valuable, which means in turn that music colleges and conservatories will stay relevant. Many of the programs offered by these music schools put you right at the crossroads of production and distribution, not to mention the intersection of new and old economies.

If there's one thing music colleges are not, it's inexpensive. Funding a two-, three-, or four-year education at an accredited school can require huge loans and other types of sacrifices. Fortunately, there are scholarships available, and not all of them are based solely on need. It's worth browsing the web sites of several different programs for more information on merit-based subsidies as well as work-study programs and other ways of defraying these significant costs.

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