Music Schools

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Music schools satisfy a number of needs today that they never bothered to address 10, 20, or 30 years ago. The very idea of a music school 30 years back usually meant focused study on a particular instrument in preparation for careers at conservatories, symphonies, or opera houses. Digital production concentrations were altogether unheard of.

A lot has changed since a generation ago, however. There are now music schools entirely devoted to electric guitar, bass, piano, drums, and brass. There are programs designed for students interested in manufacturing instruments, as well. One can learn to manage artists, promote them, or play behind them in studio sessions. Of course, one can also embark on a trail to stardom, which is far less certain but rife with its own unique rewards.

Choosing Music Schools

Selecting music schools that are appropriate (and affordable) can be a difficult process. The list of factors to consider includes the teachers, the performance facilities, the equipment, the profile of the school itself, the city in which it's located, and the price tag. Then there are issues relating to employment such as internship opportunities, networking capacity, and job recruiting. Many music schools are so vested in their engineering and recording equipment that they never bother to set up a student counseling department to provide career help.

As with any educational step, when choosing music colleges there are good values and bad values. One of the most helpful components in picking your path is a fair idea of what you hope to achieve. If all you know is that you'd like a career in music, but you're unsure what type of career that may be, you may want to consider programs with more regimented curricula. A few survey courses in music history and theory might spark ideas as to which direction best suits you.


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