Do you need a degree to work in the music industry? This question does not have an easy answer. Colleges, especially music biz specific programs, can be very beneficial in terms of things like landing internships that turn into jobs, and many programs are taught by music biz pros who have tons of experience to share. On the other hand, I have never been asked about my degree while applying for work and the vast majority of people I know who work in music have had similar stories. So, what's the real deal? Share your music school success stories or ideas about why experience rules over education in the music biz. Share Your Thoughts
Degrees ARE important though..
- Degrees are SO impoortant. Yes, music may be your passion but what if it does not work as well as you think it was. You end up with no job and no degreee to get another job to support yourself. It will all come down to how devoted you are. Im a 13 year old AVID student. I, personally, love music, i love to sing and write. But, school has to come first. This is my opinion. I've been told i'm on the right track since i still think of gretting ad degree and going to school. Remember i am young but i do understand the concequences of not going to get your degree, yeah it seems stupid now, but trust me you gonna need it!
- —Guest Juliet Williams
HANDS ON !!!
- I am a COUNTRY singer and have always had to be my own sound man !!! If you got an EAR and know how to read the owners Manuel , you can figure out anything !!!! ASK QUESTIONS IF YOU DON'T KNOW SOMETHING !!!! A DEGREE ??? Experience means alot !!!! I have put together a sound system that will " STAND UP TO ANY SYSTEM " all used stuff , most off Craigslist !!!! USE YOU HEAD AND " DO YOUR HOME WORK "!!!!!!
- —Guest Gary Stephens Chapman
What Should I Take Up?
- I need a course to take for college, im interested in the music industry and singing is one of my passions and im wondering if there is a course or a study on that sort of thing.
- —Guest Fallen Angel
- me and a buddy of mine are trying to get into the dj bussines. But not that regular old wedding dj and other little corney shit. I'm wondering if we should go to college or somthing that offers courses that teaches us more about the real thing? Would it be worth it?
- —Guest iozi
- If you're going to be a producer, then you might be interested in getting an audio production degree. One of my mentors has a degree, and he says it's a fabulous advantage. If you're going to be involved in the business portion, I know nothing about that. But an education is not required for being an artist, being an artist simply requires talent and creativity. Buy my single on iTunes! :) https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/we-gonna-dance/id546438373?i=546438375&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
- —Guest Sir Azar
- See, im younger here and i love singing. Its my passion and i cant see myself doing anything else in life besides music. I know this is exactly what im going to be doing with my life. I have no doubt about it. Ive been in training for the past year but its going to take more than that. You need to have the musical knowledge and even though college is a few years away i want to know now, i want to make goals now. Would it be the better choice to get a degree in music, or can i still work and make albums and tour and become succesful without one?
- —Guest KTBJ
Music degree is important
- I believe a music degree program is very important in the industry because if u'r not musically inclined( musically educated), even if your experience is rock solid, there are some issues u can't handle. I strongly believe that in the pursuit of music, to get the excessive cash, u need education and experience. If u can get these 3Es (Education, Experience, and Excessive cash), you'r definitely a pro musician. If u want the excessive cash flow in the industry, never seperate Education from Experience. Make your passion your profession. Have fun....
- —Guest GJazz
Do i also need a degree?
- What make's one a profesional?, is it not the certification one obtain's? Now if you can naturally perform what others are paying to learn in school, why can't you develope yours so as to, present you formally before the society. Now' it's a vital issue atleast for one to, Bear his/her certificate....mind you, it's not a must, but atleast do so...
- —Guest Dakye
Having a degree
- No,you don't necessary have to have a music degree to become a singer but it also helps because the classes you take while in school for it.Help you learn how to develop your strengths of singing and reading musical notes.Because i've been doing it for so long.I decide to go ahead and get a degree in it because i wanted to.not because I had to.when you have a passion for something you will do it even more. hope this helps
- —Guest Diamond
Commercial music degree '92- Yes
- Those with music biz degree have an advantage. They can research any issues that may take longer to obtain with just experience. Doing things by trial and error can be a handicap many atimes. The other day, I heard a woman with experience on the radio and could not explain the share of publishing percentages, because she has been use to doing it the crude way-with many conflict of interests being committed all the time. I am a Bsc. degree holder in Commercial Music Recoding. The industry is falling because too, many hustlers who has little knowledge of music business theory. Some of the entertainment attorneys do not know what it meant to can a music product before talking about contract for the artist. I am glad that the business is decentralizing with many indies being formed everytime. You may have some exp. am the new professional; I can research for solutions without any delay. With experience, you may have to go through many people to find answers which may not be conclusive.
- —Guest AD5858
- in alot of cases its all about who u know, n how well u are in the field that ur tring to get in. i know at least 3 fellas in the industry n havent passed high school yet so u dont really even need a g.e.d. crrrraaazy aint it?
- —Guest tone styles
- I think that you should have a degree and that it matters a lot if you have a degree it allows you to use technology in different ways like as a camera man or on the radio. The Jobs and qualifications you can be a sound engineering, also electrical engineering like sorting out light and wiring.
- —Guest emma
Using My Degree
- I am currently studying electrical engineering in college but I have always wanted to work in the music industry. It would be nice to work on the technical side like sound engineering but I also would enjoy PR stuff like managing and promoting. I just want to be in the business in general. How can my degree in electrical engineering help me and what other activities/clubs/internships should I be doing to help get a job when I graduate?
- —Guest Cara G
Just Finished My Music Business Degree
- Do you need one? No. Absolutely not. Should you spend the money if you don't have it? No. If you can afford to financially and time-wise, should you? Yes. You have to know how the business works in order to work the business. If you take advantage of your time, you'll never be worse off for having the education. Will it give you everything you need to succeed? Absolutely not. It'll give you some tools, but it's ENTIRELY upon you to figure out how to use them. Out of my class of ~80 students, a couple (at best) have good music business-related jobs. The rest didn't take the initiative.
- —Guest Andrew
It's how you apply that degree
- No matter what kind of degree or what kind of work you want to do, make sure you're applying it from day one. Get involved with clubs, internships, or other relevant jobs when you start college, as they will help you much more once you graduate. Bringing only a degree and good GPA to an interview won't cut it. You need some sort of experience applying those skills you learned in school. You can still be involved in the music business without getting a degree in that field. If your student union and activities association puts on concerts, work there to get experience booking bands and promoting shows. College radio stations are also good places to work. Even if there aren't any paying jobs in those departments, they often have volunteer positions that will allow you to get a foot in the door.
- —Guest Chris Brummund
It all comes down to what you know.
- I worked at a record label even though I never finished my degree (which was in music, not music business) and I had plenty of coworkers that did not have degrees either. The job listings all required a degree, but if you're able to land an interview and can demonstrate that you're the right person for the job, you can still get hired. So the short answer: No, you don't need a degree. One reason you can get by without a degree is that much of the day to day functions come from experience you can only get on the job. However, if you don't understand anything going in, you'll be at a huge disadvantage. This is where a degree can help. Also, the networking you do at college can help you get your foot in the door. If you have no connections right now, the right college program can help change that.
do i need a degree?????
- well i'm looking in on the music industry and i want to know if i do or not to become a singer.
- —Guest amber dale